Wednesday mornings are when I set a couple of hours aside to sort through and organise my wardrobe and office. Todays sort has a little extra “umph” entailed, as I am throwing myself in to a slightly premature spring clean. I am a hoarder of clothes, handbags and shoes so how I go about my annual spring cleans has to be very quick and painless. There are four steps I work through.
Firstly, I lay out five bin bags. Three are for clothes, handbags and shoes, two are for all old newspaper articles, images and clippings I have been hanging on to over the past year hoping they will come in handy for future blog references.
Secondly, ACTION! This step consists purely of putting all my clothing in two piles at top speed, and saying “yes” or “no”. I put the “no” pile behind me so I cannot look back and think of a reason to keep that embellished mohair jumper…
Step three is simple but sometimes take a little longer than originally expected. This step is dangerous as it involves the participation of girlfriends. My clothes are bagged up and knotted tightly, so that moments of weakness cannot allow peering through the top loops to rethink hasty spring clean throw-out choices. I send a whip-round text to all my girlfriends who live nearby telling them that those Zara jeans they always loved are now up for grabs, along with my vintage swing coat and last years denim jacket. I usually receive about four replies asking me to hold on to the bags and one excited call from Ro telling me she will be at my house in half an hour, but she never comes … and the bags sit in my bedroom… and then moments of weakness arrive… and I tend to end up keeping all the apparel and accessories I had originally planned to throw / give away. Maybe this year step three should be tweaked and all clothes should go straight to Hammersmith’s Oxfam without an emotional second of fashion hesitation.
Step four, this is my favourite step! My good deed deserves a reward. I always reward myself with a new pair of shoes. This years choice is simple, as I can already think what I am going to wear them with so they are an incredibly justifiable purchase. This years spring clean reward is the Jane Shilton, Hampstead Low Heel Brogue Pattern Special Occasion Sling-Back in Dusky Pink. In my mind I visualise this feminine classic to be worn with my printed Zara trousers and a vintage Ann Taylor silk blouse, or a boat-necked shift dress in red or cream, with an oversized clutch.They are easy to wear and look fabulous worn in the day through to the night. I chose these particular shoes because I have had my eye on them for quite a while now. A picture of them is pinned pride of place to my inspiration wall in my office. Brogues are a huge part of my shoe collection, so any new take on a brogue-esque style is normally something that attracts me to shoes. The soft almond shaped toe is a super stylish feature on a court shoe as it is a timeless style that will go with anything and always be in fashion. Patent shoes have always been a favourite of mine. This preference stems back to when I was very young, perhaps two or three. I had a pair of red patent party shoes with a button on the strap at the side. These were only to be worn on special occasions, but I remember staring up and admiring them on the top shelf of my wardrobe from a very small height below. Patent shoes are special shoes. When you put them on you feel happy, stylish and smart. These Jane Shilton beauties are made not just to be beautiful, but they are also designed to be comfortable. Lined with a soft leather cushioning and a specially measured foot friendly stack heel they are terribly easy to wear. Whether you are or aren’t a fan of heels these are insanely user friendly, perhaps even more comfortable than wearing flats. These sling-backs are available in Dusky Pink or Grey. My personal choice is the Dusky Pink as footwear in nude tones is famously fantastic for two reasons. Firstly they go with pretty much every colour ensemble you decide to wear. Whether it’s heavily printed and embellished or simple colour blocking. Secondly nude tones on footwear elongate the appearance of your legs.
*Above. The gorgeous Jane Shilton Hamsteap Low Heel Brogue Pattern Special Ocassion Sling-Backs.
^Dusky Pink nail polish to complete the look.
*Below. My gorgeous Zara printed trousers that look great with Hamstead Brogue Sling-Backs.
I truly believe that for all these reasons listed above the Jane Shilton Hampstead Low Heel Brogue Pattern Special Occasion Sling-Back is an absolute wardrobe staple for all women. For more information or to invest today, visit www.janeshilton.co.uk