Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Maximize Your ROI: Black and White Houndstooth Check Flats

As I mentioned before, I've received a couple of questions about what to wear with a special pair of shoes. When I saw these, I KNEW I was going to have fun, given my abiding love of all things black and white:

Houndstooth flats – Naturalizer

A little fearless mixing of stripes is the perfect foil for these simple flats. And a classic black dress with just a hint of white would be madly useful through the summer.

Striped sweater – Iris and Ink, pinstriped pants – Saint Laurent, tote bag – Jack Germain, dress – Episode
black and white resin necklace – Marni, houndstooth flats – Naturalizer

Putting dots with the houndstooth of the shoes seemed like a fun idea, and the pleated shorts are a lot more forgiving than the super-short shorts that seem to be everywhere! The red dress is easy with the black and white shoes - and a bag in a MUCH larger houndstooth pattern keeps things amusing.

Pearl and onyx bracelet – JC Penney, polka dot tee – Dolce and Gabbana, pleated shorts – 
Alice and Olivia, dress – Uniqlo, clutch – Lauran de la Vega, houndstooth flats – Naturalizer

Any bright color works well with black and white - if you like yellow, give it a try. And the abstract take on checks in this blouse was irresistible...

Onyx and white jade necklace – Open Sky, yellow sweater – Isola Marras, capri jeans – Rag and 
Bone, onyx and diamond earrings – Allurez, print blouse – Hache, pencil skirt – L’Agence
houndstooth flats – Naturalizer

Doesn't this make a nice travel capsule wardrobe?


Naturalizer

22 comments:

  1. Me too! It seems that I find myself planning my outfits from the shoe up more often than the other way around. Great travel ideas Janice.

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  2. A great post, but tempting though those shoes are, I look better in warm colours. How about a pair of leopard print flats with warmer colours?

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    1. I second the motion! Give us leopard print flats and warm colors, especially olive, please.

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  3. What does ROI stand for?

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    1. Return On Investment - it's a financial term that loosely translates in "now that bought something, let's make sure that you get your money's worth from your purchase!"
      Thanks so much for reminding me to clarify that!
      big hug,
      Janice

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    2. Thank you. I didn't know either.

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  4. I LOVE this! I might have to rush out and buy everything shown! This is the fatal flaw in being addicted to this blog...

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  5. Oh boy - those shoes are right up my alley - thanks for posting !

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  6. Wow! Went immediately to their website and they're on sale! AND the 10% off promo code worked! My pair is on is on its way to me as I type. Thanks!

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  7. Really like matching the shoes with the bag in a much larger houndstooth pattern! Now I want them both ;-)
    Julie

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  8. This is great inspiring me for my spring sewing wardrobe thank you.

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  9. Hi, I second the request for a wardrobe to complement a pair of leopard flat does like these:http://www.gravitypope.com/shoes/product/26642-clarks-64566-valley-lounge

    Deb from Vancouver

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  10. Love pumps like that especially when teamed with the red.

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  11. Just bought these plus the plain black ones! I can't wear heels and never seem to find cute flats that look good with dresses or skirts.

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  12. Adorable! I add my vote to a similar post showing the leopard print flats! Mary

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  13. Amazing capsule! I love the way you use an item with an edge to create a wardrobe that doesn't get boring but still is simple and chic. The French know how to do this and I am really working on getting there : combining classics with things that has that something extra (and keeping the quality high, it does matter). Thank you again!

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  14. This is quite stunnning.. I often do quite well on my ROI, the challenge for me is saying goodbye to old favourites, so I have this long tail of items used well in the past that I seldom use now.

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  15. The shoes are so cute! I would never get a ROI as I would just look at them and never wear them. I have a pair of ankle boots that I have never got round to wearing as they are beautiful and I don't want to put creases in them. Thanks for a great post.
    I love how you have taken the hounds tooth and used B&W spots and stripes etc and bold color. Reminds me of the painter but can't remember the name. The one that does black lines and bold primary colors. Carol S

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    1. After web search: Piet Mondrian. Carol S

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  16. I bought my hounstooth flats immediately. They are on sale and with the discount code they were only about $35.00 shipped! I too love all things black and white. Can't wait til they arrive!

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