Posts Tagged ‘espadrilles’


Espadrilles: say bonjour to summer

By Colin Chapman on April 22nd, 2009

ropey_soles_espa.jpgEspadrilles hark back to an era when Bohemian style meant wearing traditional, Mediterranean clothing with a rustic simplicity. Think Picasso and his entourage plage-ing it on the Cote d’Azur. No mass-produced, foam rubber and nylon ‘trainers’ here.

Ropey Soles are a great internet outlet for the espadrille. I’m particularly taken with the bright red version, although the denim shoe would look amazing with wide-leg chinos or pale trousers and a striped top. Buy in bulk (you can mix and match sizes and mens and womens versions with mates) for a discount.

Without socks you’ll need to ensure your ankles are suitably tanned (by whatever means necessary) and keep feet fragrant with a peppermint foot lotion.

Outfit picks

Dress me up before you go-go

By Colin Chapman on April 8th, 2009

Off to a sunny climes for an Easter break? Here’s a head to toe look to get the locals talking and keep you cool. The seersucker blazer from Topman makes a change from the blue or grey fine stripe associated with this fabric. The pink of the blazer sets off nicely the deeper red of this colour-banded vest by Jil Sander. I love these wide-legged shorts (also by Jil Sander), which will definitely air you to the best advantage if you’re heading somewhere steamy but equally, look classic enough to wear in town as well as at the beach. Finally, some classic espadrilles grounding the look with a touch of Mediterranean tradition, in black .

As a final touch you could add a Panama hat – this year’s trilby – casting a shadow over that mysterious (and possibly sunburnt) visage.

Blazer, Topman, Vest and shorts by Jil Sander from OkiNi, Espadrilles from ASOS

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