Monday, September 24, 2012

Defining Classics: Tuxedo Flats


The other weekend, while enjoying a cheap drink at a local neighborhood dive, my sister and I were idly discussing what we consider to be wardrobe classics, basic staples that endure that quintessential test of time; though they have been a veritable and whirlwind trend the last few years, I nominated tuxedo, or smoking, flats without hesitation. Essentially, the tuxedo flat is an alternative shape and attitude to the infamous ballet flat; both allow for effortless sophistication and comfort, both are chic and pragmatic, with the tuxedo flat exuding a slightly masculinized flair. Each style is marvelously versatile, a chameleon adroitly adapted for most textures, patterns, and colors. For the last two or so years, I have regularly worn my leopard print tuxedo flats, with denim, chinos, maxi skirts, and disappointed to say that, naturally, they are beginning to wear slightly. Shamefully, I admit that they have also started to tint my feet a grimy black after wearing them for any extended period of time; not attractive. I am wishing I had had the foresight at the time to purchase two identical pairs, since the leopard so appropriately partners with much in my closet, but, alas, now I can only shake my fist in frustration at my myopic thinking. Luckily, hopefully, enough designers and enough stores agree with me, that tuxedo flats are and should be a staple, so I will be able to easily replace this pair. I think a red suede would work quite nicely.

Monday afternoon work soundtrack: Until the Quiet Comes Flying Lotus




(image taken from A Well-Traveled Woman)

15 comments:

  1. Completely agree. Classic, beautiful and will go with just about anything!
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  2. I have a pair of leopard tuxedo flats recently purchased from Target. I love them and they were well priced, but being from Target will likely only last the season. Let me know if you find an affordable, more durable pair!

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  3. dah those joie loafers are so freakin cute! i see them everywhere, i just wish they weren't so pricey =)

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  4. I am so with you on the leopard flats... and the fact that sometimes, you just should have purchased two! I think that all the time, of course too late.

    Good luck with the red ones! I am certain you will love them just the same! :)

    Amanda
    It's an Easy Life

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  5. Thanks for the visit and the interesting, pensive remarks. cool.

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  6. I love your flats, so chic! The colors are beautiful!
    kisses chris

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  7. Totally agree with you that tuxedo flats are a classic! I also own a leopard print ones that are usually my go to for casual outing. The ones pictured here are really gorgeous!

    Jenny
    www.jensoutfitjournal.com

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  8. I honestly feel that i must have these shoes. The color and pattern are just amazing. I'm now following :) xx sylvie

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  9. I love tuxedo flats. I really want a pair!

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  10. Thanks for the comment on my blog!
    Those are so beautiful!! I am trying to find the perfect pair!!

    x
    Jen

    http://thebeaumondes.blogspot.com

    Instagram & Twitter @ohjenb

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