Frame Le Garcon jeans
Everlane ryan tank | I just ordered a second one of these, I wear it so often
Etoile Isabel Marant sweatshirt | several years old
Rag & Bone harrow booties | sized up one size, these are a couple years old
Jas M.B. wings traveler bag | mine is quilted, 4 years old
After my post on style shifts Monday, and bringing out my Repetto ballet flats for a bit, I spent some more time thinking about the shoes I have left in my closet and decided to try and wear my Rag & Bone booties again (or at least make outfits with them – it’s still too hot for boots here, although this morning it’s NICE and cool!!).
As you may or may not know, I have a love/hate relationship with ankle booties: I love them on other women, but hate them on me. I really hate them on me. I just don’t think they’re a very flattering style for my short, stocky legs. I mean, they’re not awful, and better since I lost weight, and my legs have slimmed a bit, but they’re really just not my favorites. And they’ve never felt like me. But I bought them anyway, because I like them A LOT, and I thought I HAD TO HAVE a pair of ankle boots.
Maybe these just aren’t the right ones? I keep thinking I should just order the Rachel Comey Mars boots finally, and just give them a try, and I did try on the Rag & Bone Aston boots a couple of weekends ago and just FELL IN LOVE. They were quite flattering on me, actually (or so I thought), with a great, modern pointy toe, very substantial, and still had some room in the ankle (which is rare for me). And they’re flat.
I could get them with my Shopbop credits when they have their Friends & Family discount (I’m really hoping that comes next week!), but that would be the only thing I could get. And I’m not sure I’d wear them enough to justify the price, even with a discount. I certainly didn’t wear the Harrow boots enough, even though I got them for a steal with a Refinery29 discount…The difference with the Aston boot is that they’re flat, and I could sort of see myself just throwing them on with jeans, leggings, whatever. Wearing them for travel, etc.,
The Harrow boots have a pretty high heel – for me – and I just don’t “throw on” heels anymore. I don’t even wear my clogs very often anymore. But even though the Aston boot is flat, would I choose them over my Vince sneakers or Everlane loafers with any given outfit? I don’t know.
I keep the Harrow boots around just in case I need an ankle boot with a heel. For what, I have no idea…(I did wear them with tights and a dress to a holiday dinner last year, and to a few other “special” occasions over the years, but I don’t think that’s enough reason for ME to hang on to them.)
See? Don’t go thinking I have this whole minimalism thing figured out…I still struggle with wanting things I really don’t need, and that I think I should have because I love the way they look on others. But maybe I also haven’t reached critical mass in TRYING ankle boots? I did reach that with chambray tops (I tried them all, owned quite a few, and got rid of all of them), and striped shirts, but I haven’t owned very many ankle boots enough to try and wear them, and work them into outfits. Maybe that’s what it takes…for me anyway.
Haha. Now I’m trying VERY HARD to justify buying those Aston boots! It’s a good thing I can’t/won’t right now.
Just being real with the process 🙂
Have a great weekend!! I hope to have a “last week” post up tomorrow with some random thoughts and the new thing I’ve been eating for breakfast this week. Oh! And hopefully today I’ll get my standing “desk” up and have a picture to show…I’m ridiculously excited about trying that…