22 Apr Chilly Spring: Red Sweater, White Jeans, and Crossbody Bag [Plus L.K. Bennett Sledge Pump Review]
I took Momo, my miniature dachshund puppy, for a stroll in shorts and tank top on Friday and it was glorious. This weekend, I finally put away my winter clothes, elated that winter is finally over…only to find it dropping to below 40 degrees again this week!
So I put on my red sweater (just got it on sale at ASOS a few weeks ago) and styled it for a chilly spring day with white and neutrals. I also love the idea of working in some print into a look, especially if it mostly consists of solid pieces like I have here. A really easy print to incorporate are stripes–I think a peek here or there can be fun and not too over the top.
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Shoes: L.K. Bennett
TO CORPORATE-FY THIS LOOK: Swap out white jeans for a charcoal pant and a structured bag.
An essential for spring though, is a basic nude pump, like the L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps I have here. L.K. Bennett is a British brand made popular by none other than Kate Middleton herself, who was/has been photographed wearing her Sledge Pumps out and about all the time. So, did I just buy a pair of Sledge Pumps so I could pretend to be a princess? Not quite. Here’s what really happened.
A few years ago, I was trying to look for the highest quality nude pump I could find without paying a fortune. Sure, I would have loved a pair of Louboutins but the nude options they had then didn’t really flatter my skin tone (too caramel or too pink). Plus I was trying to look for a more budget friendly and, quite frankly, comfortable option because I planned to wear my nude heels often. I found that finding a “nude” pump with a yellow undertone was rather challenging. So one day, I saw a photo of Kate–she was very tan and these nude pumps she had on looked great on her. I ordered a pair and voila, found my perfect match.
Here’s what I love about these pumps. Just FYI I have medium with feet with a slightly narrow heel…
- The platform makes the 4” heel doable. I find them comfortable enough to walk around in all day at the office.
- The toe box is a little on the narrow side, but with wear, it has stretched out and molded to my feet really well. I wouldn’t recommend them if you have wider feet.
- It’s an almond toe, which I find to be slightly more comfortable than a pointy toe shoe because it doesn’t get as narrow at the toe box.
- If you’re slightly klutzy like me, the tip of an almond toe shoe is harder to scuff up versus that of a pointy toed shoe. It happens at a slower rate, anyhow 😉
My only issue is that these pumps (or probably nude pumps in general) are kind of challenging to keep pristine. They show scuffing and scratches easily, but part of this is probably due to the fact that I’m klutzy and I do a lot of walking in the city where there are lots of cobblestones and sidewalk cracks that chew up my shoes…c’est la vie!