Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Miss Priss: Flowery Jewelled Sandals

UPDATED below!

Even though I’ve been stalking the halls in four to five-inch covered platforms, a feeling I like to call “Miss Priss” has slowly been washing over me. You know—the desire to wear something unabashedly feminine that’s not in navy, charcoal, or black.

It must be the advent of spring.

So here’s a pair of sandals that has quite captured my imagination. They’re on the verge of being too grown up, like something my très elegant grandmere would have worn on Worth Avenue with a crisp, white shirtdress. (No Lilly for her; Grandmere was an iconoclast.)

I’d never choose these seriously, but worn with a dash of irony, they’d suit my current Miss Priss mood. Perhaps with a shirtdress from Isaac for Liz in an unexpected color of Kelly green? Perhaps with shorts and an embroidered tunic that isn’t trying too hard.

And by the way? These are by Kate Spade.

I’ve made exactly two purchases from KS—a large navy baby bag (aka diaper bag) and a gorgeous navy leather daybook—both bought before she went all Nordstroms on us.

But there’s a new designer in the house, and she’s trying to make KS cool again. We’ll see.

I tried these on today. No amount of irony is going to work; they're just NOT me. C'est la vie; that's what try-ons are for!


enc said...

They're very cute, and I really like the styling ideas you had to make them work. I also love that unexpected color combo.

WendyB said...

Turquoise and coral is such a cheerful combination.

materfamilias said...

Fun! I was also dreaming about spring shoes this weekend, inspired by the Fluevog window -- very different aesthetic, but similar colours.

Sal said...

They're delightfully springy ... and like Wendy, this color combo just makes me smile.

What would wearing these "seriously" look like, Miss C?

Belle de Ville said...

Oh they are so Palm Beach. Babe Paley or Slim Keith might have worn sandals like these while sipping cocktails by the pool.

Thumbelina Fashionista said...

Hmm...they're not for me, but you have to have the personality to go with it. Oddly enough, I'm just the opposite with the color/style choices these days. I'm trying to lessen the feminine look a little (I can so easily do a pretty little dress with sandals--of course, in warmer weather!) by adding some harder-edged items. I think I end up looking feminine anyway. Oh well. Sometimes you can't fight your own sense of internal style! But why are these "just NOT [you]"?

miss cavendish said...

Bah--just lost a long comment. Here goes a short version:

TF, I just couldn't find the irony in these sandals, but that could have been my burgeoning earache talking. They just were ripe with femininity, and I wanted a bit of an ironic distance from that.

And Sal, I wanted a Grey Gardens-esque shabby socialite vibe. I wanted the sandals to look as if I'd discovered them in my grandmother's steamer trunk. I wanted wise and eccentric; I got new and hopeful.

Songy said...

Absolutely, some designs are just there for catalogue/website shoots I reckon.

Mary-Laure said...

Isn't it terrible when you love a design but it's "not you"??
It wouldn't be me either, though they are adorable.