Sheltered In Forest Shade

I don't think heels make an outfit. Shoes are obviously a key component to a head-to-toe look (hence the toe part), but they don't necessarily have to be platform, studded, be-glittered, and featuring a staggering 5 inch or higher protrusion on their end taking me from petite height to average in a single step. It's an over-exaggeration I'm sure, but I just don't see the point of wearing an uncomfortable shoe on a gravel path through the woods and I don't think outfits suffer from the lack of elevation. But then again, I'm not attempting to be a walking fashion editorial--I'm trying to dress in a way that I find comfortable both figuratively and literally. I'm not against heels, I just feel it's silly to default to them or think if your shoe is tall enough even the worst outfit is cute. For me, it's a balance between actual physical comfort and the sort of pieces that make you feel secure enough to face the day. I don't wear actual body armour, but a sheer blouse from one of my favorite designers in a power color paired with a simple summer sandal and I feel less like a turtle without a shell when I'm walking about. While my style might seem overly put-together to some and rather basic to others, the point remains: dress in a way that makes you feel good. But all of these thoughts are the ramblings of an extreme introvert that would rather be alone in the woods than most events filled with her peers...

Outfit details:
H&M jacket


Tinacious Me said...

what a lovely top!

Kimberley said...

Very well written, I absolutely agree! And besides, coming home with a bunch of blisters on your feet isn't much fun either. :)

Anna said...

Interesting that you say that about high heels because I often wonder when I read some of your posts how you manage to walk in high heels on fields and seasides. Unless you wear them just to take photos in which case fair play, and unless of course you find your high heels comfortable, which to me as someone who only owns one pair of heels and rarely wears them is greatly admirable. I agree though that comfort and facing the world comes first and an outfit doesn't have to feature heels to be good, or "grown up" as is sometimes the implication when people express pride in being able to wear heels, as if that could ever be a sign of maturity or indeed as if appearing grown up actually matters. Like you say though in the end it's just a matter of personal style and choice.

Natali said...

I love how sweet and girly you look in every post! I like your skirt and sandals very much :)


Angie said...

I agree with you! and I really like those shoes :)
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Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@Anna, These are the shoes I wear all day--the ones in my pictures that is. But I can't recall the last time I photographed a pair of serious heels in a field; every time I am in heels you'll find I photograph them on paths/railroad tracks/relatively flat ground that isn't covered in tall weeds or tons of forest growth b/c I have no desire to break an ankle and I don't wander away from paths as much on days I'm in heels.
And yes, every time I see someone talking about Audrey Hepburn and they're in platform heels I always think, "your supposed idol was often noted for her ballet flats." It's perfectly grown-up and chic to wear flats.

Kelsey said...

so bright, light, and summer pretty. it looks lovely hazy, like late afternoon light.
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Une parisienne... said...

The blouse is very nice I love the color !
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MintJulep said...

I love reading when u ramble more, it shows me a bit more into your soul and your persona. And I love the fact that u are such an introvert person and that it shows so well on your photos. You are truly an unique individual, and leave me curious as to what you are really like!

Sarah Dee said...

I completely agree! I'm 5' tall and even when I wear heels I'm shorter than most average height people plus I'm uncomfortable. When people ask me why I always wear flats I tell them "It emphasized how short I am, I love that about myself" let your freak flag fly I always say!


Ulrika said...

Beautiful outfit !

I agree on the whole heels-thing.. I'm really not into wearing clothes (or shoes, for the matter) that make me feel weird or uncomfortable.

Great post all in all.

Kisses sweetie,


TheHeadlessMannequin said...

Your post has made me feel a little more validated in my preference for comfy shoes over crazy glamorous heels...I sometimes feel a little lacking as a style blogger because Carrie Bradshaw would probably weep over my pitiful shoe collection :) I'm also always a little surprised to hear that you're quite introverted...it makes me extra appreciative of the fact that you do actually put yourself out there in the blogging community and share your style and a slice of your life with us :) Also...this outfit is beautiful! I love the colour of the blouse and the sheer back.

Emily Peebles said...

It's so nice to hear someone finally denounce the impracticability of wearing heels on an everyday basis. Flats are just as fashionable and much more practical. Though there are some people who feel more comfortable in heels. I suppose it just depends on what someone views as comfortable or appropriate.

Syed said...

I refuse to 'suffer' for fashion - if the clothes aren't comfortable, they are not for me. Nobody looks good hobbling along or wincing! You want your clothes to be a natural and effortless exterior. If they are so comfortable that you forget about them, all the better. Although obviously I don't mean walking around wrapped in a blanket (although that Margiela blanket coat for way back would be divine), because aesthetics still have to come into play.

I love the look of that blouse, the colour is fantastic on you!

Jenny said...

I love how the pop of pink draws attention to the WHOLE outfit rather than the top itself! I agree wholeheartedly in regards to dressing comfortably because you know you are dressing for yourself to feel better and not for anyone else.

Rory said...

LOVE that top on ya! :) Gorgeous shoes! <3
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Jane said...

I totally agree with what you said about heels - I'll go one step further and say I've basically given up on trying to walk with them! I also share your sentiment about dressing - when I'm dressed in a way I like, I feel so much mroe ready to take on the world/interact with others.

April said...

I do like wearing heels, but lately am so happy with all the mid-length heels like the ones you are wearing here. I really like them a lot and they are super comfy I bet. Want some. Cute sheer blouse also.


Sarah said...

I totally agree!

Jo - Lost in the Haze said...

I am so crazy about that skirt! <3

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czarianonuevo said...

wow!! that red sheer blouse is fantastic!!! LOVE the whole outfit Rebecca!! btw, i agree! you don't have to wear heels if you're feeling uncomfortable with it or the environment seems inappropriate for it :)

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Sarah K. said...

gorgeous outfit. the skirt is fantastic!
I totally agree about heels. I love the way they look, but I just can't ever find them "comfortable" like some people seem to. I find it's more practical to carry flats everywhere I go.