WIMW: Skirts with flats

I had lots of fun in my closet trying to create versions of today's blog outfits. It wasn't easy because especially in summer, I'm a low-heel woman all the way. Low vamp flats or flats without straps won't stay on my feet (or I haven't found the pair that will); shoes without a bit of "lift" or heel elevation are horrible for my plantar fasciitis, and even loafers are a no-luck shoe for me. I love the new mules and slides and have tried on multiple pairs, but the only version that my feet could keep on/ tolerate had low heels.

I do own two pair of fashion sneakers, and regularly put together outfits with those -- but today's challenge was to try (mostly) dressier flats, and of those, I have a single closed pair of oxfords, and a pair of silver flatform sandals. 

Here's what I came up with: 

1. Dressy blazer and oxfords (no loafers). I tried several versions of this one. Tube skirts substitute for pencil, since that's what I have. Version 1: Mixed kitty prints with Mr. Suz's porkpie hat, tuxedo jacket, and binocular bag; Version 2: with a longer blazer as in the inspiration photo and another print in the mix. Version 3: Black and white and charcoal. Version 4: Black and white and red all over. 

2. Casual denim (no khaki), stripes, and sandals. Without and then with sun cloche. 

3. Moody shine and sandals (no slides) My much worn navy tube skirt and a J. Crew dressy jaquard shell. 

4. Fit and flare with flatforms. Halogen skirt, denim shirt. 

This was super fun -- I'd actually wear these, I think -- and I'd never have thought of some of these combos without the inspiration. Thanks, Angie

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  • La Pedestrienne replied 2 years ago

    All of these are great and totally wearable, but I LOVE #1 version 1, with Mr Suz's hat. The hat, the brogues, the structured bag, the pattern mix -- smashing! 

  • Angie replied 2 years ago


    KILLER for the rest. 

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Suz, thanks for sharing and being a sport.

  • Liesbeth replied 2 years ago

    I like all of them, but I LOVE 1 and 8. Excellent pattern mixing!

  • Vanessa replied 2 years ago

    These are all great looks! Good job!

  • krissy751 replied 2 years ago

    Absolutely great outfits!

  • Jane replied 2 years ago

    Wow! all amazing but 1 is especially amazing! Great pattern mixing

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    I think I'm going to have to buy a porkpie hat like Mr. Suz's. He wears his all the time so I can't really steal it. My head is too big for lots of women's hats but he has a small head for a man so his size is pretty good on me. A lot of the women's hats don't show enough of my short hair to work, but this one seemed okay. His fedoras look pretty good on me, too. I foresee a hat-shopping trip for me soon, hmmmm. 

    I need to come up with an occasion to wear #1. Where do you think it might work? 

    #8 and #9 would be easy for me. I have one dressy event coming up in early July -- might try a version of #8 for that. 

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Wow! The first outfit is my favorite but all are fabulous. Love the hat and red jacket especially

  • chouette22 replied 2 years ago

    OMG, you look so AMAZING! Absolutely smashing. And you hair looks so, so good. Loved that you took the time to put these outfits together. Envious regarding your hat wearing ability - they all look terrible on me (confirmed by family members many times). 

  • Teresa replied 2 years ago

    All these outfits are great, but especially the ones with the oxfords.  YLF!

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    You got jazz, man! :)

  • lisa p replied 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these pics.  Must have been fun trying all of this on - hope it was a cool day  ;)  

    My favourites are the simplest , of course, but I do appreciate deliberate  retro /costume styling on others.  You look great !

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Thanks for the kind words, all. It's a gorgeous day and was only about 13 degrees this morning when I was trying all of this on...so perfect for a fun closet session. I hadn't done that for a while and quite enjoyed the opportunity to play.  

    It's funny, but despite the retro elements, I felt quite "myself" and natural in these outfits. I guess because I wear the pieces a lot separately (except the oxfords) and have a high tolerance for pattern mixing. Two tone shoes are one of my favourite things ever. 

    I hope I get to wear those oxfords more often in Vancouver than I wear them here. It's generally too hot for closed shoes in spring/ summer/ early fall and too cold for bare ankles the rest of the time. So I hardly wear closed shoes at all. These are surprisingly comfortable for a Zara shoe. Actually, their shoes fit me well but the non-leather ones are not fun to wear.  Shevia had them, too.

  • JAileen replied 2 years ago

    Oh wow those oxfords - super fab!

  • mtnsofthemoon replied 2 years ago

    Oh my - looks like you had a lot of fun in your closet.  #1 is just SMASHING and sooooo much fun.  And those brogue's are beautiful.  But seriously all of the outfits are fantastic.   

  • jussie replied 2 years ago

    These are great! My faves are 6 and 9. Those silver sandals are fab. As for where to wear outfit 1.....hmm ... music festival? Art gallery? Trendy cafe? Market? Cinema? Garage sale? Those kinds of things come to mind.....

  • Greyscale replied 2 years ago

    Outfit 1 is incredible. I would love to be able to pattern mix like that. It looks perfectly balanced, not crazy at all, and yet way more creative than anything I've worn. You look like you'd end up on a streetstyle blog.

  • Brooklyn replied 2 years ago

    These are fantastic Suz. I especially like 1-3. The pattern mixing! The hat!
    Creative too. I really enjoy when forum members show how they mix and match items.

  • Jjsloane replied 2 years ago

    You are awesome! I love them all (especially the Meowza print combo)  I have that striped skirt and never wear it, but am inspired by you! You also wear those cute hats so well!

  • Like the Season replied 2 years ago

    What great outfits! The skirts that hit right below the knee are especially awesome on you.

  • bonnie replied 2 years ago

    You look terrific in your skirt outfits - I agree that #1 is especially fab (I like #2 without the hat, too). The Blucher shoes are amazing.

  • delurked replied 2 years ago

    I’m a huge fan of the oxfords with skirts, and of course your pattern mixing. I am taking notes, as this could be a good option for my shoe dilemma. Maybe NAS will have something cute in this vein. Thanks for showing off some great combos.

  • Vicki replied 2 years ago

    Such gorgeousness in one post and I see a little Angie in here. You have such a way with hats and stripes and those silver sandals are the perfect lift for the selected outfits. Wonderful summer fun.

  • replied 2 years ago

    Fantastic & you are delightful in hats, so cute! Love those oxfords!

  • Bijou replied 2 years ago

    Outfit #1 is perfect for most things, but especially when you are catching up with your girlfriends. When you make a YLF catch up, this is the outfit to wear!

  • Elle replied 2 years ago

    Love #1 and #8.  You definitely need a porkpie hat of your own - you look great in your husband's

  • CocoLion replied 2 years ago

    I agree with Elle.  #1 and #8 are wonderful.  And also agree with Greyscale that you look like a street style blog star in #1!

  • Mirjana replied 2 years ago

    WOW, WOW, how great outfits?! All are terrific, but #1 is to die for, my favorite, I can't stop watching you in that outfit, you look like movie star. I also love #6-7, fantastic for hot summer days.

  • cindysmith replied 2 years ago

    They are all so very good. #1, with the hat? Total showstopper (in a very very very good way)

  • kkards replied 2 years ago

    #1 is maximal to the max....but totally works!
    the black and white number (picture #4) is my fav --of course, because its simple yet current and modern, but switching out the black jacket for the red (picture #5) is just fab as well....
    pictures 6-8 are, IMO the perfect its hot summer but i want to look (and be cool) outfits.
    and for some reason #8 takes me back to high school...nice

  • Kim M replied 2 years ago

    What wonderful outfits.  *The hats add the perfect finishing touch.  *I adore all of the red additions.  *I've seen those flatform sandals and wondered how they'd look "dressed up", so nice! * Yes, the last look with denim and shine is so fun.  Thank you for all of the inspiration!

  • unfrumped replied 2 years ago

    All fab to the max!
    You have GOT to put the brogues into rotation. Love them with the simple B&W and the red jacket.

    This is also a great SYC encouragement.
    I am finding some things that fit differently in a good way allow new and fresh combos to open up that I need to take advantage of with items I already have.

  • RobinF replied 2 years ago

    These are all great, what a fun try-on session! My fav is the striped shell, love it with those amazing sandals.

  • kellygirl replied 2 years ago

    I can't pick a fave. You have an amazing closet to be able to put these together! So polished in all of them and so pretty!

  • Katerina replied 2 years ago

    WOW, ALL these outfits are absolutely fabulous! I love oxfords - my favourite type of shoes and yours are perfect.
    I truly admire the outfits you created with the tube skirt and the oxfords and blazers - STUNNING. The pattern mixing is fantastic, you are so creative and stylish. You look gorgeous in every picture.

  • Cardiff girl replied 2 years ago

    Oh I say !I do love you in a hat.Stylish outfits all but the hat adds an extra touch of flair to your look .

  • Becky replied 2 years ago

    All great, and I love those oxfords. 

  • Jules replied 2 years ago

    Love outfit#1. Was it you or Angie who was toying with an ‘urban dandy’ style moniker a few years ago? All the oxford outfits bring that phrase to mind in the best way.
    I hear you on closed shoes, worn sockless as they are these days, just not working well in our climate! I remember a few years ago we commiserated about the lack of selection, but once I had some I realized how rarely they get worn anyway.

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Jules, right? It's crazy!!! I do manage to wear my sneakers, because they are casual and so is my life. I suppose if I worked in an office I would wear dressier closed shoes for at least 4 weeks a year...(2 weeks of cool but not cold spring; 2 weeks of cool but not cold fall...). But as it stands, I just don't get the opportunity very often. 

    I think it was Angie thinking of "urban dandy." But outfit #1 would definitely qualify. 

  • shevia replied 2 years ago

    Love the first one - and remember those shoes (I sold mine because I found another similar pair that is more comfortable - now I have to find them!). Also the boxy bag is perfect there. #8 is so elegant - another aspirational outfit for me!

  • Mainelady replied 2 years ago

    Suz, all of these outfits are spectacular! You really should wear them. You look great in those hats. My favorite above all the other fabs is #1. I wish I could replicate that outfit for myself.

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