Office Blog Posts Tagged ‘Flats’

Power Points: How to Style

Friday, July 18th, 2014

 

A pointed toe is one of this season’s hottest shoe trends. Seen gracing the catwalks of SS14, the classic pointed silhouette is one of the most popular heels of choice this summer. Great for lengthening legs, slipping on a pair of points not only elongates your pins making legs look slender, it also adds a sleek and sophisticated feel to just about any outfit.

Team a pointed pump with a pair of vintage light washed boyfriend jeans for a feminine take on a casual look . Alternatively style a classic pointed stiletto heel with a pair of tailored shorts or cropped cigarette trousers – taking you from the boardroom to the bar!

 

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Cannes Film Festival Star Style Steal: Points

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

As the biggest stars in Hollywood hit the Red Carpet at Cannes Film Festival it was clear that a ladies wardrobe is not complete without a classic pointed court shoe. This summer must have is an elegant addition to a cute summer slip dress or an easy way to dress up a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans and loose tee.

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Steal some star style with our collection of points, from skyscraper stilettos to sharp flats.

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Win 3 nights in Ibiza with Butterfly Twists

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Got any holiday plans for June? No? Well fear not, Butterfly Twists have got your back, and in more ways than one! Not only do they save your feet on a daily basis with their spring-summer 2014  folding ballerina collection, they are now also offering you a chance to win a luxurious holiday in Ibiza with your two besties, to relax and party like VIPs.

The three of you will be staying 3 nights at the exclusive five star Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, no less. The hotel has two adjoining lodgings: the Ushuaia Club, with its incredible poolside stage and world class DJ sets (David Guetta and Avicii anyone?), and the Ushuaia Tower which offers a view over the breathtaking Playa d’en Bossa beach. Lazing by the pool in your bikini, sipping on Mojitos, mingling at beach parties. Can you picture it already? Don’t forget to pack your Butterfly Twists; taking next to no space in your suitcase or handbag, whether you want to dance all night or change into them after a night out in heels, they are your best travel and party buddies.

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Our top 5 summer flats

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Whether you’re city living or beach hopping, we’ve got a range of flats to get your summer wardrobe started.

Read on to see our five favourites that every girl should own.

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1. Bold and bright loafers
The bright colour and classic style make these red patent loafers a sure-fire winner in our eyes.

2. Slip ons
The skater-girl trend is big for SS14 so make these holographic slips ons your weekend essential. The oil-slick finish gives them an added edge.

3. Pointed flats
Fusing Scandinavian minimalism with a ladylike pointed toe, these Cheap Monday flats are perfect for the office.

4. Boyish brogues
The crisp white colour instantly refreshes these boyish brogues for summer – lace them up with workwear or weekend dresses.

5. Printed slippers
Mix and match your prints with these paisley slippers. What’s more, they’re foldable, so you can slip them into your bag for post dancing.

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Trends we won’t miss in 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

 

2013 was a great year for fashion, but as always, there was room for a few errors. We take a look at some of the faux pas we hope won’t be returning in 2014.

Mum jeans

There’s room in our wardrobes for skinny jeans, bootleg, boyfriend, cropped and even jeggings, but we draw the line at mum jeans. With their high waist, tapered legs and baggy thighs, was there ever a more unflattering way to wear denim?

 

Too much flesh

We are all for flashing a bit of toned tummy in a crop top, or for some artfully placed sheer panelling in a LBD, but 2013 saw some people daring to bare far too much. Bikini tops and hot pants are for the beach, not the red carpet. We’re looking at you Miley Cyrus.

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OTT flatforms

Now we love a statement shoe, but some of the crazy flatforms being sold were too much even for us. Plus they are actually really hard to walk in, give us some four inch heels or flat pumps any day.

 

Mullet skirts

Much like the hair-do they take their name from, mullet skirts with a short front and a trailing back have had their day. In 2014, pick either mini, midi or maxi and stick with it.

 

All over matching prints

Head to toe matching prints is always too much, instead, break up your outfit with some neutrals, or opt for a mixture of clashing prints in complementary colours.

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Overalls

Jumpsuits and playsuits can look very stylish, onesies are fine in the privacy of your own home, but there’s no place in our wardrobes for overalls, unless you are doing some DIY.

 

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Items to look for in the sales

Friday, December 27th, 2013

If you don’t find everything you wanted underneath your Christmas tree, the chances are you’ll be hitting the sales come Boxing Day to snap up some seasonal bargains.

But remember, don’t get blinded by the 50% off signs and fill your basket with any old items just because they’re on sale. If you don’t need it, it’s not a bargain! Instead keep your eyes peeled for some classic pieces you’ll wear again and again.

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Here’s our guide to some great sale finds.

A classic coat

 Many stores start selling off their winter coats after Christmas, but with spring a long way off and 100 days of snow forecast in the New Year, you’ll still get a lot of wear out of a cosy coat. If you opt for a classic trench or pea coat in black, camel or navy, you’ll find it will take you into next winter too.

 

Luggage

Good luggage never goes out of style and you’ll certainly get your money’s worth from it, so if you’ve got some weekends away planned for 2014, make sure you invest in a new holdall or wheelie suitcase.

 

Boots

It will be a few months before you can ditch your boots for summery sandals so why not invest in a new pair in the sales? Ankle or over the knee boots are bang on trend and will more than likely still be in style in autumn/winter 2014/15. Treat yourself to a real leather pair that will stand the test of time.

 

Jeans 

The hunt for the perfect pair of jeans is ongoing for many women, so if you see some you like in the sales, why not snap up several pairs? Make sure they’re a pair that suits your shape rather than this season’s most fashionable option.

 

Flat shoes

Flat shoes are set to huge next season, so it would be wise to snap up as many pairs as you can in the sales. Brogues, ballet shoes, loafers and slippers, we’ll be stocking up on them all.

 

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Spotlight on global fashion

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The big four fashion weeks may be over, but never fear, now that the spotlight has shifted away from London, Paris, Milan and New York, a number of other equally glamorous cities are getting the chance to show off their style credentials.

Here at Office HQ we’ve had our eyes trained on Tokyo, Moscow and Toronto in recent weeks as we look for some slightly more unusual additions to our Spring/Summer 14 wardrobes.

Fashion Week Russia 

Fashion Week Russia will be showcasing designs for Spring/Summer 14 until the end of the month with over 70 designers from Russia, the UK, Japan, Israel and many other countries sending models down the runway in their creations.

Highlights so far have included the feminine, floaty dresses from Lilia Poustovit which were styled perfectly with on-trend flat shoes and relaxed sweatshirts. Definitely a look we’ll be rocking on slightly breezy spring days. But it isn’t all casual wear  Brit designer Tony Ward injected some glamour into the proceedings with his collection of sequinned, floor sweeping evening dresses in bold shades of red, blue and gold, modelled by none other than 27 Miss Universe contestants.

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Japan Fashion Week

You can expect to see more influences from Japan Fashion Week on UK shelves next year, with the number of foreign buyers attending the shows in Tokyo doubling since last year. Many of the collections featured typical Japanese fashions such as unusual colour combinations and layered fabrics, but with a modern twist.

Another key trend was the blurring of the line between menswear and women’s wear. Male models at Facetasm took to the runway in leather and denim skirts, reminiscent of the Givenchy kilt recently worn by Kanye West, while women modelled androgynous outfits of baggy shorts and trench coats paired with simple, straight-legged trousers.

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Toronto Fashion Week

It was all about a relaxed approach to fashion at Toronto Fashion Week, with slouchy silhouettes, faded colours and sportswear influences seen at almost every show. 

A firm favourite with the fashion crowd was Melisa Nepton’s collection which put a fun new twist on colour-blocking by incorporating sheer panels into her midi-dresses. The sheer panels were a nod to another top trend too; showing some skin. There were plenty of midriff-baring designs on show, or for those not quite brave enough for a crop top; sheer blouses and backless dresses.

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Five pairs of shoes every woman should own

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

One of our ladies buyers read somewhere recently that the average woman owns 20 pairs of shoes. It really sparked a conversation between us all, how many shoes are enough? The article made it seem like 20 was stretching it…our first thought was “only 20?”. Granted we are biased as we are surrounded by shoes all day (and get the occasional sample sale) but seriously, only 20?

Despite owning upwards of 500 pairs of shoes (and counting) between us, there are a few pairs which we come back to again and again, the ones we have a long-standing love affair with rather than a fashion fling.

Here’s our guide to the five pair of shoes every woman should own.                                                                                                           

Black heels

Even if you have heels in every other colour, there are some occasions when only a black pair will do. Whether you need to add some confidence to your stride for an important work meeting or need to glam up for a night on the town, you’ll find yourself reaching for your trusty HBH (high black heels – we’re coining a new phrase) over and over again.

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 Converse

Even if your idea of exercise is trotting around the shops on a Saturday, you need a pair of trainers in your life. At HQ we all seem to own a pair classic Converse. They’ll ensure you look on-trend even on the most casual of dress-down days.

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Gladiator sandals

We know it’s not exactly the weather for them now, but as soon as the sun returns next spring it’s a safe bet we’ll be reaching for our trusty gladiator sandals. Even just looking at them in the wardrobe has us dreaming of festivals and BBQs…

Ankle boots

Now, it certainly is the weather for ankle boots. This season’s most stylish pairs have a low chunky heel, buckle or cut-out detailing.

Flats

Flat shoes are back in favour with the fashion crowd at the moment, but they’ve never been anything but a must-have for us mere mortals without private chauffeurs.

Brogues, loafers, pumps, slippers, there’s space for all of them in our shoe collections. But having done a quick count, its ballerina pumps we’ve got the most of. Paired with skinny jeans and a blazer, they’re an essential part of our weekend uniform.

But don’t worry if you think you don’t have any of the above in your collection, it’s a great excuse to go shopping…

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Fashion Month in review

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

 

The curtain has come down on another Fashion Month.

As all the magazine editors, models, designers and celebrities head home after a magical month of jetting from London, to New York, to Milan and finally to Paris, we take a look at some of the highlights from the spring/summer 2014 collections.

 

Best Show

The best fashion shows don’t just have stunning clothes, impeccable styling and gorgeous models; they have theatrics.

Many fashion houses really went all out in terms of presentation this season. Thom Browne had zombies strutting their stuff in New York, Mulberry models were upstaged by British Bulldogs in London and the models at Betsey Johnson literally danced their way down the runway.

However, there was only one show which we could award this prize to; Marc Jacob’s last ever collection at the helm of Louis Vuitton, which closed Paris Fashion Week.

The set featured some of the most striking props from past Louis Vuitton shows; a lift shaft, a carousel, escalators, a full-scale fountain and most poignantly a giant clock which ticked backwards in time throughout the show.

As British Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman, said: “Knowing how to exit is just as important as knowing how to make an entrance.”

 

Hottest Trend

Next season we’ll all be wearing flat shoes, flashing our tummies in crop tops with co-ordinated high-waisted skirts and channelling the 90s.

But the trend we are most looking forward to embracing is beach-style florals as seen at Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Cynthia Rowley. Perfect for pretending you’re somewhere in the South Pacific when you’re really in the office…

 

Catwalk queen
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Of all the stunning models who made their way down the runway over the past month, Rosie Huntington-Whitely stood out from the crowd as she strutted down the catwalk in Paris for Balmain.

Without. Any. Makeup.

And she got to wear a beautiful embellished top and bang-on-trend white bomber jacket from one of the most achingly cool brands in the world while doing it.

Jealous? Not us…

 

Best-dressed

It’s not just the catwalks we watch at fashion week. Some of the best styling is seen on the front row.

The thigh-high boots, skater skirt and Aztec print jumper American model and DJ Leigh Lezark wore for the Chanel show at Paris will be the inspiration for our winter wardrobe.

 

Are flats the new footwear of choice?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Vivienne Westwood Catwalk - London Fashion Week 2013In a Fashion Month which saw activists crashing the Nina Ricci show and Naomi Campbell making a rare catwalk appearance, it was the number of flat shoes on the runway that caused the biggest shockwaves.

In London, New York, Milan and Paris, we found our eyes drifting down to the models’ ankles as they strutted past in patent booties at Roksanda Ilincic, pointy-toed Mary Janes at Vivienne Westwood and silver loafers at Rodarte.

And in the front rows, it seemed those with their finger on the fashion pulse were also favouring footwear which offered comfort and style. Suki Waterhouse, Sienna Miller and Alexa Chung were all spotted in flatties, opting for pointy-toed pumps, and velvet slippers

However, we shouldn’t have been surprised. The signs have been coming for a while. Earlier this year, stylist and self-confessed ‘fashion geek’ Sally Lyndley posted on Facebook saying that flats are the only shoes that feel modern at the moment and even high-heel devotee Victoria Beckham has been seen out and about looking a few inches shorter on several occasions.

 

Heels vs flats

But while a (big) part of us is gleefully looking forward to giving our feet a break from sky-scraper heels (and stocking up on ballet shoes, brogues and loafers), are we really ready to ditch heels completely? After all, most of us don’t have endless legs like Alexa, Suki and co.

Flats are undeniably more comfortable than heels, and with such a variety available on the high street, they can take you from day to night just as easily as a pair of classic black heels. As Alexa Chung said recently when questioned about her preference for flatties: “Limping home to find the plasters when I could be out dancing all night sounds like a s***** way to end the evening.”

However, there’s just something about heels which means we won’t be slinging our platforms and stilettos just yet. High heels elongate the legs, making them look slimmer and for many women give them the extra confidence boost they need before walking into an important meeting or heading out for the evening.

And there’s even research to back that up, with a study showing that British women wear higher heels than their counterparts in Germany, Spain and France, and are also more confident and assertive.

In the words of Manolo Blahnik: “You put high heels on and you change.”

PS – If you can’t wait until next spring/summer to embrace flats, jump on the trend early by snapping up some flat ankle boots this autumn.

New York Fashion Week 2013 - Rodarte Catwalk

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