WIW: quiet shirt, loud shoes

I love Friday’s formula - and immediately wanted to wear it. Today was my opportunity. I opted for a classic but not really all that big white shirt with jeans and a colorful scarf. But then these shoes were begging to be let into the outfit and I had to comply. They’re silver vinyl patent Oxfords - I saw a teenager wearing then a few weeks ago, complimented him, and he said “actually, they’re getting too small and hurt my feet. Want them?” So I bought them from him for $10. I can’t say they’re very comfy, but they are attention grabbing!

Two things I noted in wearing this: First, I want a bigger solid colored shirt. But I want a good shoulder fit so that it’s intentionally large, not too big for me looking. Second: I’m over this shape of jeans - bootcut. I wore them because they were my clean pair, but they feel and look outdated for my style to me. I’m more in to straight leg and would really like to try a balloon leg jean. I’ll start watching for both!

All comments are welcome!

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  • Jaime replied 1 year ago

    I do think bootcuts are coming back in, but you should wear what feels good to you of course! Shoes and story are great, top looks good, I think I would try wrapping the scarf around because it drags you down a bit. Nonetheless, you look fab!

  • AJ replied 1 year ago

    Nice!  I would say that your scarf is louder than your shoes.  :)
    I'm always drawn to metallic footwear.  Was this a random teenager or one you personally knew?  I'm imagining a random teenager walking home without shoes.  :)

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    You look fantastic. The scarf completes the outfit well. But gosh wouldn’t have recognised you - the long hair is great.

  • Glory replied 1 year ago

    What a great story and I’m wondering about the barefoot teen wandering home :)
    A new jean style is fun and a great way to change things up. These boot cuts look amazing on you so I recommend keeping even if they go into holding for a bit.

  • amiable replied 1 year ago

    The teen is one I know - I bought them at church.  Randomly, he had a pair of flip flops in his backpack, so when I bought the shoes off his feet, he put the flip flops on and went on his way.

    He (and his mother) both laughed (in a delighted way) when I showed up to church in them yesterday.

  • Helena replied 1 year ago

    You look terrific! I actually love these jeans on you - do you think you'd like them better cuffed or hacked? The bootcut isn't overly wide; to my eye they almost pass as slim-straight ... just a thought!

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    HAH :) .....leave no retail stone unturned.....

    Looking fab! GREAT jeans and oxfords.

    Scarf mimics cute rainbow hair. 

  • replied 1 year ago

    These shoes are amazing! Beautiful scarf, too. 

  • Isabel replied 1 year ago

    You look great ! It's so much fun when there is such a great story behind it 

  • suntiger replied 1 year ago

    Scarf is so pretty, but yes to wrapping it! Or fold it in half and tuck the ends through the loop.

  • Aquamarine replied 1 year ago

    Great story! Always a fan of bootcuts but I understand needing a change.

  • replied 1 year ago

    I like the boot cuts on you!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Your shoes do not look loud to me, but I have adjusted to the look of shiny silver shoes.. You will adjust to the look in time if you wear the shoes. They balance the loudness of the optic white shirt.

  • Sally replied 1 year ago

    I love bootcuts but always found them tricky as far as shoes are concerned.  Your bootcut is not so pronounced/flared so they do work with the oxfords.  I think you will find those oxfords very versatile.  I can see them working well with different coloured trousers and skirts too.  

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