How to wear Brogues: THE new and improved edition!

Brogues, Brogues, Brogues!

 

They’ve been around for many years and well, we’ve all seen them around. We’ve seen them on the street. We’ve seen them in our favourite shop window. We’ve seen them on really cool looking peoples feet and we’ve all lusted after this look for ourselves.

Not sure how you can incorporate a brogue into your wardrobe? Well look no further!

There’s the usual advice. For instance – ‘how to wear brogues with dresses or pants’, etc but how about taking it that 1 step further?

Lets take this all the way.

Here is your ultimate guide to wearing brogues different! Cherri bellini Italian street style different! And don’t think you cant do this – everyone can wear brogues its up to you how you wear them – the bolder the statement the better!

(Or however you like – its totally up to you.)

Lets go!

1. Bold and beautiful: colour me all the ways!

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Make the brogue the focal point. Its all about wearing your footwear as the star attraction. Don’t be afraid to buy a brogue in a  crazy bright colour. Whats that I hear you say? You dont wear red, or yellow or green so how can you wear a brogue with nothing to match it?

That is the POINT!

No need to match when its the shoes that sing. Repeat after me – the brighter the better! The bolder the better!

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2. Super dressy.

As in black tie dressy: patent and metallic all the way!

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Remember when you were little and your patent mary-jane shoes were ONLY for those special occasions? Nothing much has changed if you ask us. Except wearing your special shoes all the time but lets not regress here!

Patent and metallic leather equals dressy in our opinion and if its dressy you want, patent leather is what you should get.

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3. The clash.

Here is our advice – put on your favourite outfit that you would normally wear with say,  your favourite flat strappy sandals or a cute high heel, actually put it on. Like right now.

NOW PUT ON BROGUES FOR INSTANT CLASH FACTOR!

See, that was easy right?! The key here is to put an outfit together, whatever it is, and pair with brogues for an instant street feel.

If at any point you think a particular outfit wont suit a brogue, then challenge yourself to see it a different way.

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4. Classic with a twist.

Twist the tried and tested basic brogue and lift the look with some super fun laces and different coloured fringes!

(We sell gold and silver metallic fringes and they are awesome fun!)

Or take it one step further and invest in a classic brogue shape – but with a metallic finish!

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Fashion should be fun, effortless and ultimately an extension of you.

Do what you want.

Dress how you feel.

Break the rules.

We do. You should too. Have fun!

xcbx

 

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Festival footwear.

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We trust if you live in Adelaide and/or enjoy the combination of music, fairy lights and creative energy then you’ll know that it is festival season in our wee little city of churches.

Where do you start?

Who do you see?

What do you do?

There’re late nights in The Garden of Unearthly Delights, many games of croquet at the Royal Croquet Club, the crown jewel that is Womadelaide as well as bars and restaurants filled with musos, comedians, improv theater and everything in between.

With so many decisions to make this Mad March, why not let us take care of the ever important footwear dilemmas? We’re ready to help and have some super jazzy styles to take you from the grassy knolls of the Garden to the rooftop bars of the night!

Yes, ok? You ready for our Mad March suggestions? Here we go then…

The Penny Loafer

Penny Loafers are a great slip on option for those sophisticated shows in the numerous marquees sprouting up in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. They’re perfect for the smart gals who like style to be easy and on trend, as well as super comfortable. Sunny afternoons spent rolling about on the lawns of the Botanic Gardens with a cheeky friend or wine (or both!), are made immeasurably better with a pair of these on your feet.

Great to wear with everything, from your summer frocks to your casual jeans!

Wedge Sandals

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Perfect for those late night jaunts when you want to grab a drink or two after a show. You want a heel but also that absolute comfort that will take you places all night, and we’re not about to make you compromise. Our summer season wedges are not only on sale, but they’re that comfortable that you could wear them forever!

Wear with skirts and skinny jeans or cuffed boyfriend jeans- throw them on and you’re ready to roll!

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A go-to enclosed shoe for those unexpected summer showers that pop up each year in Adelaide around Mad March! Wear with anything, as you would the Penny Loafer and Wedge Sandal.  Jump into your brogues for an edgy look – juxtapose sweet dresses and floaty shirts and tunics with the masculinity of the cherri bellini style brogues. Make a statement.

 

So if you’re feeling just a little bit ill prepared, think of cherri bellini when your feet start to get a little tired – we’ve got the lot! See you at the Garden.

 

xx cb girls xx

 

 

 

How to wear ankle boots | Style guide

Okay – so there is a tonne of ways to wear ankle boots (that’s why, you know, EVERYONE loves them). So, we would like to shine a light on three of the most popular style of ankle boots and the tips and tricks to incorporating them into you very own wardrobe, so you can reap the rewards of this super stylish shoe.

The Heeled Ankle Boot

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A heeled ankle boot will really go the distance all year round. Pair them with dresses, jeans, shorts, tights and anything else you can think of! We love them worked casually with black skorts, patterned tights and your favourite parker. A heeled boot will look lovely with dresses too. Weather its daytime chic with a maxi dress like the one above, or something a little more elegant during the evening.

The Classic Ankle Boot

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An absolute wardrobe staple. Seriously.

Go with a masculine vibe and chuck on with boyfriend jeans and your favourite t-shirt. This will keep things casual but stylish and, of course, keep you comfortable. Bold prints will still be a huge fashion hit throughout Autumn ’14 like a floral dress (and chuck a nice beige swing coat over the top for warmth). A classic ankle boot will anchor a bold print and work all the way through autumn, winter and beyond. Feel free to experiment with print on pants, jackets or scarves – and your ankle boots will go with it all!

Embellished Ankle Boots

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autumn fall fashion ideas blue bootsMore punch than your average ankle boot, yet no less versatile – a boot with studs and embellishment will add attitude and style points to any outfit. Don’t be afraid to pair these boots with a cute and ladylike skirt, especially in a similar colour tone (like the blue in the blue and white skirt above) as well as more masculine pieces like jeans and blazers. The blue hue also works wonderfully with a contrast (like the burgundy hat!).

This goes to show – how you accessorize your outfits will go a long way to defining them. How do you rock your wardrobe with ankle boots?

Buy any of these beautiful Italian ankle boots online at cherri bellini here!

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Dyva: Leather heeled ankle boot with metallic heel detail. $495  ankle boots leather black

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Gwen: Studded ankle boot. $279 

Style tips for the Party Season!

We are in full silly season swing here at cherri bellini, and we can bet you are too! And we have just the shoes in store to get you though this busy, festive period in style.

Want to make the most out of a new pair of shoes, but not sure how? Check out our styling tips below on some of our favourite shoes, to see how you can take a shoe from day to night, event to drinks and corporate cool to daytime casual.

Happy holidays!

The Statement Stiletto

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Talk about knock-out! Make the shoe the focus piece and keep accessories to a minimum. We love this heel with a shift dress and simple accessories for a dressy Christmas party or a night out. pink-shift Go for a more casual look (did somebody say drinks with the girls?) and pair with jeans and a silk shirt. And there you have it!jeans

The Bright Wedge

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Take your wedge through its paces with an awesome race day appropriate outfit, or rock this pretty, slimline wedge with a floaty summer dress. Wedges are the easiest shoe to dress up and down – so have fun! Outdoor parties, ’tis the season, the wedge is the perfect way to get some height without sinking into the grass! Go for a a slim line wedge for a dressier look with the benefit of the comfort of the wedge.

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Pair your wedge with a bright dress for the ultimate summer outfit which would work for coffee catch-ups, lunches and would look lovely for a Christmas day BBQ. Equally the slim line style and elegant look of this wedge dresses up perfectly with a long play-suit or dress and up-do for an outing like the the races or a chic summer party.polo

The Court Shoe

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Heels don’t have to be sky high. There are some beautiful low heeled shoes available these days and if you aren’t comfortable in your shoes you won’t enjoy yourself! Stay low for understated sophistication for events like after work drinks or that dreaded ‘smart casual’ theme.

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We love this tan court shoe paired back with a simple colour scheme like olive green, black and beige, but will work with so many different summer colours – think blues, pinks and of course white! Don’t feel like this shoe will only work for the corporate things hanging in your wardrobe either. For the very reason you love them for work (think comfort, style and easy to pair back with all your clothes) this little baby will rock an off-duty look too.
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All the beautiful shoes featured in this post are available now at cherri bellini! Jump on over to our online store for a closer look HERE!

Love the cherri girls!

How To Wear: The Coloured Shoe

You’ve embraced the colourful busy print that is so popular this season and gone ahead and bought yourself a dress/top/skirt in one of these awesome prints. Now you need shoes. You’ve even managed to summon up the courage to go a bit crazy and get a coloured shoe to go with said print instead of going the safe black or neutral option. You found the dream shoe. You love it and it loves your dress/top/skirt. BUT – what else will you wear them with? Can you justify this seemingly limited shoe choice? Will they end up in the back of the wardrobe only to be dragged out only when you wear this one patterned garment?

Well, let us reassure you that YES, yes you can justify that gorge shoe because there are a myriad of other easy wears to rock a pop of colour this season and here’s how…

Example 1: The orange heel…

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Looks amazing!

But what else can you wear this statement shoe with?

Colour blocking:

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This is one of the easiest trends to work this season, with all that great colour in stores! The easiest way to think about colour blocking is by creating your outfit from blocks of colour in either tonally similar shades or opposite shades. Orange would also work beautifully with yellows, pinks and reds (near orange on the colour wheel) or pop against blues, greens and purples (colours which are opposite orange on the colour wheel). Or for a truly knock-out look try the head to toe look like this tangerine statement, keeping it simple with accessories and hair.

With jeans:

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So easy! So comfy! Jeans go with everything. And yes, that includes your awesome new brightly heued shoes! If you don’t have a t-shirt with a flash of a similar colour to your shoes in it (like this navy shirt with a pop of orange) just go with something plain in either black, white or (you got it) a similar shade! Equally match an element of your accessories or make-up to your shoes, for colour that is not too over the top.

 Don’t like colour standing out too much?                                                   Connect it through with a nail polish or lipstick tone and a statement neck piece.

 

With a LBD:

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Oh the little black dress! Which only looks amazing with black or neutral shoes right? WRONG! This is an ideal opportunity to work a colour pop, without even trying – or thinking! Work the colour through the accessories or just let the coloured shoes do all the talking. And let the compliments roll in…

Example 2: The green shoe…

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As we discerning fashionistas know, white is THE colour of the season (wait, does it count as a colour?). Whether colour or not, white is a great way to look chic and summer fresh, and what better way to work it, than with a coloured heel. The colour pop heel anchors the bright white colour and adds interest.

With boyfriend jeans:

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The comfortable and casual look of boyfriend jeans is just screaming for a lady like heel! Denim is also the perfect opportunity to work in some colour because, and we have already mentioned this but it needs to be reiterated, denim goes with everything!

These ideas are the tip of the iceberg. Once you begin to look at your new coloured shoes differently, your wardrobe will become a gold mine of choice for colour blocking and amping up or down the colour factor of the shoes. Have some fun!

To grab yourself a pair of these beautiful bright shoes (or any of our other amazing Italian shoes) head on over to cherribellini.com!

Love from the colour loving cherri girls

x x

How to Organise Your Shoes

Are you getting to the point where your shoe cupboard looks more like a bag of mixed lollies? With spring just around the corner, us cherri girls have spring cleaning on our mind and we are here to help. With our 5 steps to a perfect shoe-drobe we will soon have your shoe collection looking fabulous!

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1. Group:  Keep similar heel heights, colours and styles together. This will make it easier to find pairs and also look better. This could also indicate what types of shoes could benefit from a cull (that kind of shoe you go for every time!) and what styles you might need, ie: you have plenty of ballet flats but no mid range heels. Some of the groups you may want to sort into include: flats, medium heels, high heels, work shoes, loafers, closed toe, sandals, sports shoes, walking shoes and boots.

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Wow! Shoe envy or what!

2. Sort into seasons and clear clutter: Now that you have all the similar styles together sort by rate of use or season, which will help congestion and give you some more space! Winter shoes can go into storage while it is summer and visa versa. If you don’t have an area for off season shoes: make one! Hint: use harder to reach space such as under the bed or the top shelves in your wardrobe.

3. Purge! Be harsh, be strong. This is one of the greatest things you can do for your wardrobe, since all the shoes you no longer wear or dislike wont be clogging all the beautiful shoes you may be failing to notice! Get together all the shoes you have not worn in the last year, and seriously consider whether you still want to wear them. Ask yourself: Is there a similar pair that you wear over these? Are they too high? Not the perfect shade? Would you buy them if you were the store right now? No? Well, get rid of them (don’t trash them, donate them to a charity or a willing friend ;) ).

4: Show them Off! Take  in-season shoes out of their boxes display on clean shelves, evenly spaced. The most important thing about any type of organisation is the visual. Work it so you can SEE your shoes when making an outfit selection, and make life that much easier!

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We love this converted bookcase with clear windows for displaying shoes!

5. Get Creative and use the space you have: We don’t all have a room dedicated to shoes (one day *sigh*) so we need to make the most of the space we have, keeping in mind the previous step. Whether that means creating more room or getting creative about displaying. Think about putting flats in smaller spaces like cupboard floors and under clothes – or try a hanging shoe holder. Hang from the back of a suitable cupboard or door, and hey presto! Instant organisation!

Same goes for cheeky footstools that store shoes in plain sight (and double as a seat when you put you’re putting them on too!). Maybe you have a book shelve that could be better put to displaying your shoes? Or fancy the rustic look of old fruit boxes that could be used as storage and displaying? Check out the pictures below for some awesome ideas to get the creative vibes going!

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Once you have it all organised with a system in place – it will be easier to keep it that way. Enjoy your fabulous updated shoe wardrobe! Maybe you need to fill in a few spaces? Head over to our website to check out the latest beautiful Italian shoes we have in ;). All that hard work needs rewarding…

Love the cherri girls x x

Trend Alert – How Do You Rock Your Overalls?

So you’ve worked out that you love overalls and are all over this trend and the 90’s revival thing.

You’ve worked out you have the right awesome vintage tee for underneath, with a bangin’ leather jacket, or that you prefer a crisp shirt with blazer overall combo but the one burning question remains…..what shoes do you wear???

So glad you asked, sometimes (most times) pictures are better than words, so look and learn my friends and follow along with our friendly ‘get the look’ suggestions. So many options!! :)

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1. ‘cherri bellini’ loafers   2.  ‘Pascucci’ brogues   3. ‘Criss’ ballet flats

ankle boots

1. ‘Keep’ ankle boot   2. ‘Keep’ lace-up boot 3. ‘Pascucci’ suede ankle boot

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1. ‘Chocola’ strappy heels 2. ‘Emilio Pucci’ heels 3. ‘cherri bellini’ loafers

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1. ‘Mira & Bella’ oxford pumps 2. ‘Mira & Bella’ smoking slippers 3. ‘Mira & Bella’ pumps

So there you go, just a few ideas to get you started. Enjoy romping around in your overalls! We certainly shall! :)

Love from the overall-diggin cherri girls x x