By Ashleigh from The Blonde Silhouette
Subscribing to every fashion channel and living vicariously through my social media, meant that the fashion season was easy to keep tabs on. With less emphasis placed on runway trends, it was the #streetstyle trendsetters seen at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney and VAMFF that had my Insta feed in a frenzy. This year, it was all about putting the best foot forward, literally, one statement heel at a time.
Prints, pastels, metallic and neons were popular footwear trends, seen on the likes of A-lister attendees, Gary Pepper Girl, Tuula Vintage, Candace Lakes and Oracle Fox. With attention to details, including spikes, studs, embellishment and lacing, maybe Cinderella had it right all along; ball gown or no ball gown, perhaps it’s about teaming an outfit with a memorable shoe.
Inspired by the belle of the blogs, Gary Pepper Girl and her powdery blue points, my style challenge for the month was to style the perfect look surrounding a killer pair of pumps. One shiny black box later, my metallic fuchsia Mimco points became the key feature of two styled looks.
Ideally, incorporating the same colour palette seen in the heels will make for a balanced outfit. However, avoid block colours as they tend to steal the focus and create stark contrasts between the shades that are featured. Instead, I would recommend opting for a print that ties in similar shades to the statement shoe. What I love about this Bec & Bridge skirt is that it features a subtle pastel colour palette, while highlighting pops of fuchsia seen in the floral print. This ties in the metallic fuchsia heel without detracting from its statement status. Teamed with an understated black sheer top, an embellished/glomesh clutch and rose gold accessories, this look transcends daywear, dressing up a floral print for a fabulous night out with the girls.
For something a little edgier, and to explore the versatility of your statement heel, why not introduce a bolder, heavier print, seen in animal, tribal or monochromatic patterns. Here I have styled my statement heels with a leopard print two-piece from Sportsgirl, with my stylistic intentions being to enhance the flirty fuchsia and lift the darker colour palette seen in the print. The structured black capelette by St Frock becomes the neutral foundation to the juxtaposition of the two bold ideas (animal print and metallics) styled in this look.
In this instance it is best to keep accessories to a minimum and refrain from introducing new colours, in order to avoid looking OTT. As a final touch, I have included a little multi texture with a studded clutch, keeping within the fierce theme and adding a structural component to the look.
Just like Dorothy, these metallic babies will be my meal ticket to conquering the kingdom (fashion or otherwise), as statement heels make for a statement look- so long as you pair them with an attitude to match!
A big thank you goes to my collaborative partnership with DFO Brisbane, where fashion is an affordable means.