I love shoes, but I have a hard time investing in the good quality shoes that are going to last me a while and be comfortable AND stylish. So I usually end up buying lots and lots of cheap, cute, disposable shoes...except that I then hang onto them even when they are worn out and gross.
|Not even all of them.|
So, when we decided that we would be moving our family to Tokyo this spring for 1-2 years (how's that for a lot of fanfare for such an announcement?), I knew that I would need to make some big changes in my shoe wardrobe. I wear a size 9 (sometimes 9.5), which can be hard to find in Japan, so I wanted to get the basics that I would need while I was still in the states, and I wanted to get good stuff. Which meant getting rid of 15 pairs of worn-out shoes, and buying (so far) 4 new pairs. Which brings me to my outfit!
My outfit was inspired by this pair of shoes:
|Image from Shoebuy.com, where I bought my pair|
Burgundy, with a print (well, sort of) and an open back, and it can be dressed up or down.
I knew I wanted to make a casual skirt, because it would go well with the style of the shoe and also show the shoes off. I made mine out of a much larger skirt that I found at goodwill--a nice, thick mini-striped interlock--and used Adrianna's tutorial from Crafterhours on making a fitted knit pencil skirt.
|Gotta watch my posture--looking a little maternity here!|
This went really quickly, because I made the pattern a while back for my Mad Men-inspired skirt for last season's Project Sewn Era challenge. I did a hidden elastic waistband this time though and (gasp!!) skipped the pockets for a more streamlined look.
To go with it, I made a top that I had been wanting to make for a while. I saw this tutorial from Jess at Me Sew Crazy for an open-back knit tunic top, and thought it was so cute!
Perfect with the pencil skirt or a pair of skinny jeans. The burgundy and black bird print knit that I bought from Girl Charlee tied in the color of the shoe nicely, and of course the open back of the shirt mimics the slingback of the shoe.
|The back looks pretty low, but I can actually wear a regular bra with this.|
To top it off, I had a wrap dress that my friend passed into my upcycling pile that happened to be the same color as the shoes, so I made an open cardigan to tie the outfit together. It was so simple--I saw the idea here, and adapted mine to my liking by curving the bottom edges and adding an elastic band to the back at the waistline.
I love the way the pieces work together, and that they are so versatile in other outfits! And they go great with my new shoes! Think this outfit will work for a mom-on-the-go in Tokyo?
And yes, there will be voting! Starting Friday and running through Sunday, you can find my image along with all of the other sew-along submissions at the bottom of this page, where you can VOTE FOR ME (I'm lucky number 13)!!