How I’d Style It: Blake Lively

Earlier last week, Blake Lively arrived at the Good Morning America studios wearing a striking red suit by Michael Kors. She would have looked chic and fresh, had it not been for a bad choice of accessories. People often underestimate the effect which shoes can have on an outfit, and in this case the effect was one of cheapening the look.

Her shoes, described by some as ‘edgy’ would be better categorised under the headline ‘stripper heels’. She did at least match them to her nails, which were less than the elegant accompaniment the suit deserved. Were I her stylist, I would have gone down a different route for this particular outfit. Firstly, a classic swipe of Chanel Rouge Noir on the nails would have provided a contrast to the colour of the suit.

As for the shoes, there are many routes she could have gone down. Firstly, sticking to her loyalty towards Christian Louboutin, she would have been better off with this choice of pump. They are just the right side of elegant whilst also having the young, edgy vibe that Blake carries off so well.

Alternatively, these Tom Ford sandals would work well, adding detail whilst not distracting from the beauty of Blake’s simple suit.

The shoe which I favour most to accompany this look would be Charlotte Olympia’s Kitty Flat in black velvet (an item firmly placed at the top of my wishlist!). Flats would have given this outfit an insouciant feel, and if you’re going to wear flats, you won’t find better than these.

Another (serial) offender on the bad choice of shoes list is Kate Middleton, a woman so wedded to her LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ nude patent heels, she is determined that they go with any outfit she ever wears. Unfortunately, The Duchess of Cornwall is mistaken here as her shoes often serve to ruin a beautiful piece of British Fashion rather than accentuate and improve it. Let’s take her Alexander McQueen dress worn for the Jubilee pageant as a prime example. The dress is perfectly tailored and made of a rich, luxurious fabric. Her shoes, like Blake’s, look cheap (as patent shoes often do) and so have that effect on the whole look. They are also neither high enough to be a stiletto, nor low enough to be a midi-heel and just stay in some middle ground.

The Duchess had two options available to her to accessorise this dress. Firstly, match the shoes to the dress and choose a different colour for her hat and bag. Or secondly, buy some new shoes. In Fantasyland she would have worn Valentino’s extremely popular studded heels from a couple of years ago, but I think Camilla will be King before we see that happen.

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