Friday, May 30, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Electric Blue T-Straps

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE these Repetto T-straps? I picked them up on sale two summers ago at the original Repetto store in Paris and am constantly looking for ways to wear them. Repetto is known for making some of the world's best pointe shoes, worn by dancers at many of the leading ballet companies. The bright blue color is very summery, though, so I really only have three to four months to squeeze in all the wear that I can for these shoes. Today I've paired them with my navy blue pencil skirt (sorry it looks black in the photo) and my pale purple oxford shirt. I used to never wear oxford shirts because I could never get them to fit properly. But, I finally discovered the secret when I took one in to the tailor - you have to buy the shirt a size larger than you would normally wear, then take it to a tailor and have him/her tailor it down to fit you properly. Once they do that, the shirt will fit neatly across your back without lots of extra fabric bunching up, but will also button smoothly across the front without gaping. I've added my go-to pearls to finish off this look - when in doubt I ALWAYS reach for the pearls.

Skirt: custom-made in Hong Kong, similar at J. Crew (US and UK)
Blouse: Banana Republic (US and UK)
Shoes: Repetto, some styles available in the US here
Pearls: US available here and UK available here

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