Freelance fashion and arts journalist Bel Jacobs shares the best of high end and high street on her blog beljacobs.com. As a previous London Style Editor, when it comes to fashion she’s seen it, worn it, loved it. Plus she’s a serious flats aficionado. So who better to wear us through her week in some of Clarks hottest summer looks…
WEDNESDAY. You might think it’s foolhardy to wear new kicks to a series of press days spread East to West across the capital but I felt pretty confident that this pair of Hamble Oak shoes would see me through – and they did. Clarks summer flats have been inspired by the shapes of men’s footwear and then given lovely twists – which is why there’s nothing stuffy about these puppies. The lines of the contrast panels, the punched detailing and the ribbon laces may feel traditional but the mix of dusty pink and soft cream make them anything but. ‘The feel of crafted city tailoring with a country twist,’ Clarks says. My outfit today was pretty serious – a favourite white shirt by Isa Arfen over Cos navy trousers – and needed some loving. The brogues did the trick (thank you also to Rodnik Band for my Snoopy handbag!). Photo: Phillip Waterman, www.phillipwaterman.com
Obviously here at Clarks HQ we’re slightly shoe obsessed (it comes with the territory!) so for us there is really nothing better than seeing how people style-up our footwear. Here are a couple of fashion pros, Nathan Lewis from manmeetsfashionblog.com and Charlotte Lewis from lurchhoundloves.com showing us how to rock a pair of brogues.
Nathan’s wearing Edward Limit – a real fusion of traditional craftsmanship including Goodyear Welting with this season’s pebble effect leather – which he’s teamed with a three piece suit and satchel.
Charlotte shows us how to be a fashion inbetweener by teaming her autumn brogues with bare legs – a look that can be reworked with cigarette pants when it gets chilly. The Griffin Mabel’s combination of dark green suede with baby pink laces adds a dash of femininity to the androgynous silhouette.
This summer the LPD (little pale dress) is everywhere – and with good reason. With temperatures soaring, this versatile number can become the cornerstone of your summer wardrobe. Looking as good at work with loud heels as it does on the weekend with flat sandals, the LPD channels just the right amount of centre court couture.
From smocks with lace detail to on-trend shirt dresses and everything in between, keep it light and simple and you’ll feel as cool as you look.