Strike a Toes


Trousers: Asos Curve

Shoes: Gino Ventori at Bob’s Shoe Store

Necklace: Made By Emily Green

I don’t wear trousers very often, and toe-baring shoes even less often, so this outfit is a bit out of my normal comfort zone. It includes two things I always swore I’d never wear: joggers (the last time I wore elastic cuffed trousers they were probably fleece, it was probably the 80’s, and I could probably count my age in single digits) and open-toed sandals (I don’t like showing my toes. It’s weird, I know. My toes are fine, I get that. I just don’t like them on display).

I’m a frocks and skirts girl usually, but on really sweltering days when things get a bit sticky and uncomfortable (ahem! stay tuned for an updated post on THAT particular issue) I often just want to reach for a breezy pair of trousers. These navy pants – currently on sale at Asos – look surprisingly put-together for something with elastic cuffs: the tailored detailing, high waist, and side pockets make them perfectly suitable for the office. Teamed with a cropped tee and some sandals they’re also great for casual weekend wear.

Watch out for your size – there’s non-stretch, and I bought the smallest size thinking they’d be too big, but they’re actually fairly snug. Unusually for Asos Curve I’d say the size chart is about bang on the money. They’re a tight fit on my thighs, but fit comfortably around the calves, and don’t cut in around my ankles (which look positively dainty).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShoes: Gino Ventori at Bob’s Shoe Store

I do a lot (a lot of a lot) of walking in my day-to-day life, so comfortable shoes are an absolute must. I’ve been looking for something a bit more open and breezy for those really hot days, but had basically given up of finding a pair of sandals that were versatile, comfortable, and didn’t make me hate my feet.

I was in Perth just before Christmas for work, and was meeting my little sister in Fremantle after I finished on the Friday so I took the opportunity to do a bit of shoe shopping. I spent the better part of an hour at Bob’s Shoe Store, putting a very patient salesperson through her paces while I tried on a good thirty percent of the store’s inventory. These, miraculously, ticked all the boxes: They’re soft and comfortable with a little bit of a wedge heel, a flexible sole, a versatile colour, and a style that worked with my wide calves. I tossed the box before I flew back to Melbourne so I haven’t the foggiest idea what the style is called, and I’m only about 75% sure they are even from Gino Ventori since I’ve managed to walk the logo off. Sorry, bad  blogger (obviously I need Penny from the Big Bang Theory’s shoe finder app).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANecklace: Made By Emily Green

I also bought myself a second Made By Emily Green necklace, and I’m loving the hell out of it. The nude shades work with pretty much everything in my wardrobe, and I like how the individual beads have different textures or patterns: polkadots, glitter, pin-pricks or a kind of granite effect. It’s goes well beyond my own bodgy DIY’d attempt (unless you count cat fur as a texture….)

14 thoughts on “Strike a Toes

  1. Finally you’re back! 🙂

    Nice trousers – it suits you. I also like your top. I’m a sucker for striped tops. I think I wear stripes 2-3x/week and almost everyday at home (my singlets are almost all striped)! But I love your shoes the most. They look so comfy.

    You have the cutest fringe – I’ve wanted one for the longest time, but my frizzy hair won’t cooperate.

  2. LOVE the pants. I think the elastic ankles are super cute. And cat fur texture is very 2016 😉

    I was in the same spot of bother about sandals. Have you squizzed at Ecco? Non nannalike and very comfy. I’ve also heard fab things about frankie4 (locals from Brisbane). Very cute wedges indeed!

  3. I really like the elastic cuffs of the trousers – a sentence I never expected to find myself typing! Very tempted by them …. Love the sandals too, and second Amanda’s mention of Ecco shoes. They’re not cheap but they’re very very comfy and last well for people who do lots of walking!

  4. Lilli, I was looking for sandals like yours and would absolutely steal them from you 😀
    you look gorgeous! and this definitely is my kind of outfit 😀 and you just gave me an idea for altering my summer linen pants 😉

  5. Love this look – you look absolutely fabulous! I’m glad you are looking at sunshine, I’m looking at snow coming down and blowing sideways…. :S

  6. Great look, Lilli! I like the trousers. I bought similar ones last summer. And surprisingly I found them even more flattering than trousers without elatsic cuffs. It’s magic ;). And I learned, that I should try everthing, because you never know… Greetings from cold and snowy Germany, where sandals and summer are just a dream!

  7. Cute outfit. Love your review of the joggers — although I own a couple pairs of harem pants, joggers haven’t made it onto my sartorial radar. Also, I walk a lot in my daily life so I am always on the lookout for shoes that are both sturdy and comfortable.
    xx Abby a geek tragedy

  8. I love the necklace! Did you get it in Freo? I was coveting one and ended up giving my hairdresser one for xmas in the most perfect shades for her. Must get back onto that. Good news about the trousers – I have the same issues with trousers – and in Perth humidity is never usually an issue (except for this week) but I will check out Curve.
    And on the other (ahem) issue – BBB. All the way. Never had an issue since you introduced me. And also to the term “chub rub” which is my all-time favourite!

  9. On the subject of thigh chafing, I’ve recently been introduced to Undersummers, which are meant to be seen (my friend who gave me a pair is a swing dancer) and offer a nice alternative to my usual bike shorts on days when the Monistat powder-gel I use can’t handle the sweaty weather.

  10. Oh, I love this outfit! It’s simply perfect for warm weather. And the cuffs on the trousers remind me of Japanese farmer pants which I wore religiously back in the day due to how comfortable they were! 🙂

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