Chelsea boots, also known as Jodhpur boots or Paddock boots are close-fitting, ankle-high boots. The most notable features are the elastic side panel and a tab on the back of the boot, making it simple to take on and off with ease. The design’s history dates back to the Victorian era, when it was worn by both men and women.
In the 1950s and ’60s, Chelsea boots became popular in Great Britain. Perhaps because of their association with the King’s Road set of “Swinging London”. Worn by everyone from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones to Jean Shrimpton might explain how the name Chelsea became attached to the boot.
A popular trend this season for women, we thought it would be fun to show you 3 different ways to wear this little iconic boot.
Who doesn’t like to wear leggings? Comfortable and cozy with an oversized sweater and a wool jacket the boots give your oufit a clean polished look. Ditch the Uggs ladies!
If you like wearing skirts or dresses, you can easily wear a Chelsea style because of the close fit to the ankle. Wear coordinated tights to lengthen your legs visually. Layer some socks with your tights for a more casual look. Plus, they’ll keep your tootsies warm on chillier days.
For a look with a little more edge, try wearing a style with a higher heel. This style of the Chelsea boot works well with skinny jeans as well as dresses and skirts. Rock on girl!
…….or how to wear oxfords, loafers and monkstraps and still look like a girl. This post is inspired by customers we see in the shop who say, “I can’t wear these! I look like a boy.” Not true we say!
With all the men’s inspired fashion of the past 3 seasons, it is kind of hard to not get into this tailored trend. You can still look stylish without wearing lady like heels or pumps. Wearing a boyish shoe is just as easy as wearing your boots. It’s all about balancing the menswear shoes with some feminine pieces and accessories. I have illustrated some looks inspired by street fashion as examples of how to wear the “taken from the boys” shoes.
Oxfords are the most basic and easiest style to wear. Pair yours with relaxed trousers, a feminine top and a brightly colored coat. The lace-up style helps balance the look from being too girlie. They also work well with a floral dress. Try a layered look with a collared shirt and a safari style jacket.
A loafer is a sleek alternative for a basic skimmer flat. We think they look fab with just about anything. Skinny black jeans, a tailored shirt and a crew neck sweater is casual but still smart looking. Balance a flouncy skirt with a moto jacket and a pair of slipper mocs. Loafers also work well with tights when the weather gets to be a little brisk.
Monkstraps in general are a traditional style for men, but that doesn’t mean the ladies can’t wear them too. Pair them with skinny jeans, a brightly colored blouse and a double breasted jacket. For a modern look, pair them with a long dress and a classic camel coat. The shoes are a clean, modern and an unexpected look with skirts or dresses.
Wear all of these trends with feminine jewelry and accessories to complete your look. A great handbag always helps too. So give those boots in your wardrobe the break they deserve. Opt for an oxford, loafer or monkstrap the next time you reach into your closet. You’ll look fabulous and still look like a girl. Really!
Let’s just jump right into this, shall we? I love mood boards! I love looking at them. I enjoy creating them. I really can’t get enough of them! To me they are a visual way of organizing my thoughts before I go into the full blown design mode. Every creative person has their own way of being inspired and their own process. Mine starts with mood boards. It’s my inspiration, my trend analysis, my research and my organization all rolled into a visual presentation.
This Fall’s re-souL’s brand collection of shoes started with, you might of guessed by now, a mood board. A couple of them, actually. The first one was created from images I found on-line. I usually keep them on my i-Pad using apps for creating boards. That way I can recall them at anytime, especially when away from the shop or office. My current favorite app is Morpholio Board. It allows you to save your boards, edit them, add text and add links to your pictures.
The second mood board was my color story. It was something that I had pinned up on the wall and spread out through my work space. Fabric swatches, a catalog tear sheet, some painted sketches, and one of my favorite necklaces I had picked up in Copenhagen several years ago. This became the color palette for the shoe collection as well as our FW14 look book.
Thank you as always for stopping by, I wish you a productive and creative week! ~ Maggie
Even though it is technically still summer, we have been receiving new fall arrivals here at the shop! We can’t help but be inspired. So we thought we would share our top 3 fashion looks for women this Fall and how we would wear them the re-souL way.
The long tailored vest is a great update to the classic coat and keeps bulkiness out of your Fall layers.