Ravel Colorado leopard print sandals, £50, available here
It certainly has been a while since my last edition of 3 Ways To Wear It! Back then I attempted to coax in Spring with a pair of fancy floral trainers. This time around I’m full on declaring the new season upon us with a pair of delectable leopard print sandals by iconic footwear label, Ravel. Despite any preconceptions you may have held about sandals and – full disclosure – I held a few too, they are NOT to be reserved only for holidays or days where it’s frankly too hot not to have a full breeze wafting around your feet without feeling like you’re about to slip over in your own perspiration (ew). The right pair of sandals, styled correctly, can in fact be worn from dawn ’til dusk as soon as it’s warm enough to do so without actually losing a toe to frostbite. Or, if you’re a fashion fool like me, from March when it’s officially Spring but potentially still hypothermic weather. And what sandals could be more worth waving goodbye to all feeling in your extremities for than those of the leopard print calf hair and shiny gold leather variety?
Ravel Colorado Leopard Print Sandal worn with J.Crew Point Sur Hightower Skinny Jeans, Alexa Chung for AG Jeans The New Wave Sweatshirt, Kate Spade NY Leopard Shoulder Bag, Anne Bowes Jewellery Pineapple necklace and Bvlgari Sunglasses
Ahhh the casual sandal… Never, ever to be confused with the flip flop which, while we’re on the subject, have no place outside the immediate vicinity of a swimming pool or the beach. I’ve always thought there’s something so effortlessly cool about teaming a luxe pair of sandals with super simple clothes (particularly jeans) for going about your everyday business in the city. I kept my attire ultra laid back with fuss free indigo denim and a loose fitting sweatshirt. Naturally I had to up the anti a bit with a matchy matchy leopard calf hair bag and very glam sunglasses which I think pick up on the print and gold detailing of the sandals nicely and just make the look a little more polished. This is of course optional. Well, the whole thing is really but you know what I mean!
From Kenzo sweatshirts to leather trousers, if 3 Ways To Wear It has taught me anything it’s that any garment can be given a prep-over. On this occasion however, I think my leopard sandals down played the preppiness of this look, giving it a nonchalant air that couldn’t have been achieved through ballet flats or loafers, or whatever other Blair Waldorf worthy footwear I’d naturally gravitate towards. While I vehemently disagree with anyone who dubs leopard print a “new neutral” this is largely because I don’t much like neutrals, rather than any actual logic. Leopard print is way too much fun to really though of as on par with beige or grey. However, it does in fact possess similar qualities in that it goes with E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G, pink and purple included. I reckon this outfit strikes the perfect balance between pulled together prep (my go to) and something a little more laid back but still stylish, an effect sandals are frankly genius at creating.
As you may recall, in my last edition of 3 Ways To Wear It, I swapped my usual “after dark” styling option for “sophisticated”. This time around I couldn’t decide whether to stick with that or revert to the original. So I decided to combine to two into “work to play”, a move I feel fairly smug about. Advocate though I am of wearing the highest heels you can get your hands on for a night on the town, sometimes flats are a more viable and in fact, rather chicer option. Sandals for the office or meetings are tricky territory but I think that as long as you don’t work in a very formal profession (these are possibly best kept away from boardrooms and courtrooms) those that conceal a decent portion of the foot and look smart, like the above, can be a great option. This outfit is a perfect work-to-play ensemble because with the trench and scarf it’s elegant, understated and suitably covered up so as not to avoid looking unprofessional or like you got lost en route to Ibiza. But when the clock strikes six (or whatever time wine o’clock starts for you) those accoutrements can then be whipped off and replaced with a piece or two of statement bling and a mojito… Bottoms up!
Now for the moment of truth… Which way to style leopard print sandals do YOU like the most? And are you brave enough to bare your pedicure just yet?
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn