Dressing way up, part 2: shoes and bags

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Yesterday I posted options for a fancy party I’ll be attending soon, and today I thought that I might tackle some of the accessories to go with whatever it is I end up choosing to wear. As far as shoes go, I’m looking for a low heel that comes off like a high heel, and this slingback from Tibi accomplishes that, I believe.

I dig the cone heel and leopard strap here.

And I’m always partial to a pointy toe.

Everlane’s Editor Heel looks polished and is well-priced, and in the taupe it would go with virtually anything.

I could see wearing these mules to the party, and then with anything from jeans to a skirt after that.

A chunky block heel on a very well-priced shoe.

As for bags, I like something small but not eensy, and am very intrigued by this Clare V option: it’s just slightly retro-ish in a way I can really get behind.

This is just a tiny bit tough-looking, but still elegant enough to work for evening.

A touch of glitter never hurt anyone.

The cobalt blue here is just so good, and the shape is nicely sophisticated.

This is a shape I usually think is too prissy (for me) but the calf hair exterior balances out the girliness somehow.

 

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10 Thoughts on Dressing way up, part 2: shoes and bags
    Clatie
    26 Aug 2018
    11:25am

    Has anyone bought the Everlane pumps? They look so wearable, just wondering if they actually are. Sometimes even a low heel can be wobbly.

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    Dulcie.
    24 Aug 2018
    6:29pm

    That blue bag is so gorgeous. Reminds me of the Parabellum pieces I saw on the FSDA documentary, somewhat like this: https://parabellum.la/shop/micro-pouch-medium/

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    y.k.
    24 Aug 2018
    10:13pm

    i love the lady silhouette of the Clare V.
    by the way, VINCE is having a very nice sale on their website,
    many of the items discussed in kim’s post a while back have low prices.
    i’m struggling b/w a few items now…

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    EMM
    24 Aug 2018
    10:17pm

    That Clare V. bag is now on my wishlist, but maybe mostly for sentimental reasons. That metal frame takes me back to childhood and my grandma’s favorite purse. Grandma would say, “Go get a dollar and go buy some candy,” and as I retrieved my spoiled-grandchild-dollar, a heavenly jumbled scent of peppermint (from the gum), leather, and tobacco (she was a smoker) would gently waft toward me.

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    Kathi
    24 Aug 2018
    1:35pm

    The Neous mules are insane and like a Siren’s song, beckoning me to buy!! But I can not justify the price, simply can’t get the cost per wear to match my budget. Oh, I love them so and would wear them with jeans, slacks, pajamas, taking the trash to the curb, scooping the cat box.
    I am a Hobo lover, have about seven of their bags and would indeed add this sleek & tough gem to my collection if I was still working outside the home.

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    HickfromStyx
    25 Aug 2018
    11:35am

    Dress first, accessories second. The big issue with evening bags now is whether they can accommodate your phone. So many do not, and who wants to go phoneless?

    I’m curious to see the final selections, too. There are so many nice low to moderate heel choices. At stand-up events, this is essential, for me anyways.

    I hope you find items with longevity and versatility for future wear. Of course you will. You are Kim France!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    26 Aug 2018
    1:00am

    If the winning dress is the blue Malene Birger:
    1) Shoes – Black slingbacks (not the Tibi’s – the ones with the long name)
    2) Bag – Clare V tiny frame bag.

    *Cant wait to see the final look!

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    c.w.
    24 Aug 2018
    8:14am

    Even though sling-backs are my go-to for dressier looks, I’m partial to the Neous mules with the snakeskin strap and the Everlane editor heels (but I’m not crazy about the taupe) and the Matiko mules although if you look at those shoes on the model from the photo it looks like she’s having a hard time keeping them on her feet!

    I like the look of all the bags, but I don’t care for the size––they all seem too large to me, but that goes to my personal preference for an evening bag which is so small you can only fit your phone, keys and maybe a lipstick and probably a tissue––a large bag makes me look like a Benjamin Button toddler playing dress-up.

    Dressing up by committee! Can’t wait to see the “final look!”

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      Candy
      24 Aug 2018
      1:35pm

      I vote with C.W. If you end up with the slinky blue one, all of these seem too big.

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    joannawnyc
    24 Aug 2018
    9:18am

    Yes, do share the final result with us!

    I lke the shoes with the pointed throat, generally speaking.

    As for the clutches, I am partial to the Hobo because I prefer a bit of toughness in my dress-up wear.

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