In summer I ditch black shoes. The first tinny enchantress call of an ice-cream van and I swap black shoes for pale ones. I contain been through every iteration of non-black shoe and from come to the conclusion that the shoe of eternal summer is tan. Or caramel, or toffee, sedate just brown.
Call it what you will, except cheer don’t call it nude. Nude shoes are the last word in naff. Say the in a few words Leg-Lengthening Nude Court in fashionable company and people inclination recoil. And not in an ironic, guilty-pleasure, bonding over Love Archipelago kind of way, but in an embarrassed silence kind of way. Nude isn’t a colour, there being no signal shade of skin. But in the shoe business, nude has come to refer to the emblem of the sheer hosiery female members of the royal family clothed in on official engagements. It is a slightly unnatural shade of glossy, pinky brown. A several of weeks on a sun lounger, topped with a slick of pearlised lipgloss. Where the stylishness summer accessory tone is darker. More deeply permeated, more earthy.
The colour of your shoes needs to amount to with your skin tone. Which means figuring out whether a fine saffron kind of brown or a dusky cool tone compositions better. It is personal. You know how your idea of the colour of a spot on cup of tea is different from someone else’s? That. Same thingumabob. Also, you want the colour that flatters your flay in its normal state, not a melanoma-enabling shade that shows off a tan. A pervert that harmonises with the tone of your legs makes an ankle or T-bar strap way more adulatory. Which is excellent because an ankle or T-bar strap deputes a summer sandal way more comfortable.
The semi-logic that pockets you from a black shoe to a tan one in the summer also applies to your handbag. A Stygian bag is a work bag and a dinner date bag but it can’t be a picnic bag. If we can agree that our criterion summer bag is a straw basket with room for a bag of peaches, a tandem of sunglasses and a newspaper, then the bag that gets us close to that is a brown leather saddle bag. Valid the right amount of Provençal Jane Birkin for a breezy British summer afternoon.
Matchy-matchy is exceptional, with tan accessories. They have an unconsidered, effortless air which means you can tease shoes and bag in the same shade – even throw in a belt too – without the constipated-wedding-guest vibe of like pastels. An instant wardrobe, without the stress. What could be innumerable summery?
- Jess wears silk dress, £185, kitristudio.com. Bag, £9.99, and sandals, £19.99, both newlook.com. Shaping: Melanie Wilkinson. Hair and makeup: Samantha Cooper at Carol Hayes Operation
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