Red is Best

Last week I was sick and so I limited my El Cee Fall Challenge to getting my culottes hemmed. Well, they are back from the seamstress and I had a teaching day today. It was a glorious sunny 16 degrees. PERFECT weather for culottes and trying out the new outfit proportions. 

And these Topshop booties, which I could not resist when I saw they had gone on sale at the Bay. Angie mentioned them recently in a post as well. I've always been a sucker for red shoes but have not owned a pair for years. These are winners.  (I added the Nordstrom's Find, too, for those in the US. They look quite different in the pics but are the same bootie. 

Please excuse the wrinkles. Long day of mostly sitting. 

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  • Lyn D. replied 3 years ago

    Those red boots are stellar!
    The perfect way to elongate by drawing our attention to your feet.
    Fantastic culottes too :)

  • Sara L. replied 3 years ago

    Great booties!  I had a red pair of booties a few years ago but the heel was too high to be practical and I got rid of them.  I love the block heel on your red ones.  The culottes look great on you.   

  • Mirjana replied 3 years ago

    Great booties Suz, even long day you look gorgeous. Enjoy them.

  • El Cee replied 3 years ago

    OMG Suz! You look amazing in these culottes -- very modelesque. And the booties are so fabulous with this ensemble. Lovely outfit. Hope you are finally feeling better.

  • Sal replied 3 years ago

    What a stunning look.  Very chic and elegant and modern.  The red boots are a lot of fun, and the culottes look excellent on!!

  • Sterling replied 3 years ago

    WOW.  They are gorgeous.  They make such a strong, positive statement about you.  

  • La Pedestrienne replied 3 years ago

    I'm a big fan of red shoes too. :) 

    I LOVE how your accessories and footwear all work together to add warmth and vibrance without being matchy. 

  • columbine(erin) replied 3 years ago

    Super fab, Suz!

  • Gigi replied 3 years ago

    How fun! I love the booties. And that is a neat pairing, to wear them with the culottes. :) 

  • peacechick replied 3 years ago

    The red boots are to die for! I have always wanted red shoes but never found the right pair. Your culottes are divine, the proportions of everything are just right!

  • Style Fan replied 3 years ago

    What great boots.  They make the outfit.  The culottes are perfect for this weather.  Very warm here too.  I am in Hamilton.  Everyone is in sandals and shorts!

  • Karie replied 3 years ago

    Sweet sister! What a gorgeous outfit! I ADORE those culottes, and you have made that outfit rock with the red booties. 

  • CocoLion replied 3 years ago

    Red shoes!  Yes!  Also one of the best ballet movies ever...

    The shoes and all of the red touches look wonderful with your hair.  And the culottes/cropped pants are ultra chic.

  • Brooklyn replied 3 years ago

    Red is best! Fabulous shoes! I love your outfit. I have a pair of culottes now so I am watching carefully. I see you have paired yours with a short jacket. Hmm, must experiment.

  • Joyce B replied 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous outfit and the booties are fab and happy looking.

  • replied 3 years ago

    Ooohhh! This whole outfit is fabulous, Suz! I love the culottes on you, and they're a perfect length. The booties are a fantastic balance and complement to the culottes. I like their shape and heel. A well-chosen ensemble!

  • Ginkgo replied 3 years ago

    Superb!  The red booties make the outfit!  I wonder how anyone in your class was able to concentrate on their studies when their teacher looked so fab?

  • DonnaF replied 3 years ago

    Wow!  The culottes look superb on you, and with the fab booties so tall and slim.  I look at the Find photo and think +15 pounds due to the pleats, but your posting belies my prejudice.  Those red booties are such a happy look!

  • Aquamarine replied 3 years ago

    YLF! The boots are to die for! Spot on proportions here I think...very nice.

  • MsMaven replied 3 years ago

    Gasp! What a great outfit. While it would look perfectly fine with neutral boots, the red one knock it out of the ball park. 

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Thank you for the kind compliments. Some of my students (all women) were pretty excited by the booties! They loved to hear how I shopped for them online, too. They're super comfy and at the sale price a real steal. I expect I'll wear them a lot since it's been years since I've had a truly bright shoe. I should have linked to the blog post where Angie mentions them, too. It's the colourful items one. 

  • Eliza replied 3 years ago

    Love it! Glad the red booties make you so happy; they are so fresh with the culottes. You wear these proportions beautifully. Great finds.

  • shedev replied 3 years ago

    Really pretty boots. The culottes look great on you.

  • Maneera replied 3 years ago look amazing, Suz. This outfit has awesome proportions! And while the boots look great, I <3 the culottes!!! You look enviously slim & tall too!

    Oh, and is that the infamous hobo bag I see? Your outfit is FANTASTIC, like always

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    The boots are so very very fab!

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    You are on some sort of style streak lately Suz! Love it all from head to red toe!

  • Leland S. Raines replied 3 years ago

    Red shoes are best but it don't like by all.

  • Cococat replied 3 years ago

    Red is definitely best! You look totally fab Suz.

  • Ethel Nyberg replied 3 years ago

    Red is best but not all the time. Personally I like to explore different color.

  • replied 3 years ago

    Great booties. The bright clear colour offers some exciting outfit possibilities, and is a nice contrast to the muted colours you see at this time of year. Would love to see these paired with blue jeans!

  • Inge replied 3 years ago

    This is such a good outfit, WOW!!! The red booties are so fantastic, Suz, the will make a statement with everything you pair them with. LOVE!

  • RobinF replied 3 years ago

    Great outfit! Love the culottes, booties, the whole thing. I bet you'll find lots to wear with the red.

  • AviaMariah replied 3 years ago

    Great outfit. I also love red shoes but haven't owned a pair for years.  

  • texstyle replied 3 years ago

    Great boots suz - love the red on you!  I used to have some really bright red shoes that got a lot of compliments.

  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    Awesome!  Love everything about this.

    and just a little sad the boots are gone....  :(

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Are they gone, Elizabeth? Keep eyes peeled or order from Nordstrom's. I do suspect the Bay will get more pairs returned....

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  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    Yup, completely...
    Liked the idea of "sale" since they wouldn't be a workhorse for me, more for fun.  But I will keep an eye out!

  • tulle replied 3 years ago

    Fantastic!  I cannot resist red shoes and boots, and these are beauties.  Love the whole outfit.

  • approprio replied 3 years ago

    Yep, that works. You got the length right on the culottes. And you need to wear those red boots with the pink blazer. 

    That's a perfect look for a teaching day. 

    ETA: Random thought: I've been teaching today myself and I noticed lately that I have a specific look which I reserve for that assignment. You probably wouldn't notice the difference from many of my other WIW's, but in my mind I'm always trying to create an impression of creative, approachable authority. It's basically all the same stuff, but I try to put it together in a more sober and ladylike way,

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Liz, that's exactly the words I'd use, too. Creative, approachable authority. So a button front shirt and/or jacket are great. And some statement item or something with an interesting cut. And something fun. This worked out perfectly. Another outfit I like for warmer temps involves my sarong shorts. 

    And I am SO wearing the red boots and pink coat together soon. Just need the right backup act. 

  • Leland S. Raines replied 3 years ago

    Red is ideal! Breathtaking shoes! I cherish your outfit. I have a couple of culottes now so I am observing precisely. I see you have combined yours with a short coat. Yes, must analysis.

  • cheryl replied 3 years ago

    You look wonderful. Great booties and culottes!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 3 years ago

    Fantastic silhouette with the culottes.  Every woman should have a colored boot that makes their heart sing.  These are very special indeed.  I bought burgundy booties last year that bring me such joy.  

  • Helen11 replied 3 years ago

    A terrific ensemble. I love red shoes, too.

  • Beth Ann replied 3 years ago

    Oooh!  Love those booties!  Actually, the whole look is stellar, and makes me very happy.  I'm loving the volume on your slight frame --- it makes you seem just a bit bolder and freer, if that makes sense.  And this is a great look for teaching:  interesting, but grounded and "approachable."  

  • Debbie replied 3 years ago

    Love those booties. The outfit is wonderful!

  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    I always feel that red shoes are the answer... lol!

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Fantastic outfit, Suz. The culottes are just the right length and look so good with the booties and short jean jacket.

  • Irene replied 3 years ago

    Oh, dear, I saw this among the thumbnails and just had to look. You look FABULOUS!

  • Sveta replied 3 years ago

    Red boots to the win! They are awesome, Suz and go so well with these culottes. You are our culotte model now and it is hard to imagine you just started to wear them recently - you wear them to perfection!

  • lyn67 replied 3 years ago

    KILLER all 3-the red booties(such a happy color, Plonk!!!!:-)), culotte(hemmed to a perfect length) and Yourself in that outfit, soooo stylish!!!

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