Monday, 6 January 2014

Shop The Outfit week 2014 - Day 1 - ALTERNATIVE COOL

Welcome to the first proper week of posts on Shoeniverse in 2014. I hope that you have all well and truly recovered from the Holidays and New Year celebrations, and now I'm back with a fresh new year of posts putting footwear forward first (of course) and with a lot of upcoming post format changes and exciting new developments for the coming year.

One of the things that I plan to do more of is the 'full outfit' post, which of course then can be bought as is, or hopefully will prompt readers to find their own alternatives to any of the pieces that I've suggested. I'd love to know what you'd change and any suggested 'budget' alternatives that you find for any of the more expensive pieces - so please do let me know in the comments and share your ideas with the whole Shoeniverse.

I picked this as my first outfit pick as it really is a self indulgent look at my personal style (plus some matching earrings as I only wear titanium labrets) and I thought what better way to start the week than with an outfit that I honestly love? The dress and tights are budget finds and you can get both for less than £15 - so even if the Lanvin and McQueen pieces are out of your budget, treat yourself to the two affordable finds and then pair with any biker boots or even a pair of coloured converse for a cute alternative look. I do adore the McQueen bangle and that Necklace is simply stunning, so take inspiration and add a chunky cuff or a silver brooch on a ribbon to get a similar end result.

The boots.... well, naturally these caught my eye a couple of weeks back and I have been dying to show them to you. Such a glossy finish and cleated sole with a heel - you knew that I'd love them, right? Boots like that stop the outfit from looking too contrived and like it's only suitable for evening wear. I personally wouldn't choose to wear pumps with this and it would have to be ankle boots all the way. These are my current 'top-of-the-wishlist-I-must-have-them' boots, so I hope you like them too.

Shopping links are as below (be quick if you want the dress and tights):

FOREVER 21 Black Standout Bodycon Dress
PRADA Black Buckle Front Seamed Ankle Bootie
TOPSHOP Black Emilio Cavellini Circle Lace Tights
LANVIN Black Blanche Pewter Swarovski Crystal Necklace
VINCE CAMUTO White Silvertone Marble Stone Chevron Drop Earrings
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silver Alexander Mcqueen Skull Torque Bracelet