Summer Shoes

Footwear is usually the one area of your wardrobe for which it is easy to shop. But come summer, it can be trickier to buy the right smart shoes for outdoor summer events, especially if they are held on luscious green lawns. To save yourself from the sinking stiletto there are three ways to go: the block heel, the wedge and the flat. I’ve rounded up some of my top picks of each style to help you find the perfect shoe to grace garden parties, racecourses and outdoor opera festivals this summer. I’ve stuck to mostly neutral shades as these will go with most outfits, but many of the shoes pictured here are available in other colours too.

Block Heel

This is the smartest option and the closest in style to the classic court stiletto. I prefer ones that aren’t too high as they can look a bit clumpy. This is the best option for more formal events, e.g. when a jacket or hat is required.

Chloe scalloped edge block heel

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Rupert Sanderson, Powder patent heel

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Faber Novella, rose champagne Carine heel 

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Jimmy Choo Carrie Sandal

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Ted Baker Qarvaa leather block-heeled sandals

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Stuart Weitzman, nearly nude sandals

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Oasis block heel sandal

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Dune tan leather sandal

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Dune Meggan black suede sandals

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Samuele Failli pink suede sandals

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Whistles Tula Twist Block Heel Sandals, Gold

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Ted Baker, Kerria bow ankle block heel sandals

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A more smart/casual heel, so good to pair with summery tea dresses or separates. I’m not a fan of cork wedges; I think the espadrille style is much more elegant.

Russell & Bromley, Candyfloss Peep-Toe Espadrille in Nude Suede

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Castaner, canvas wedge espadrille

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L.K.Bennett, rose satin espadrilles

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Office, Honolulu Dressy Espadrille Wedges

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Office, Holiday Cross Front Espadrille Wedges

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Mint Velvet, mink wedge

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Office, Halkidiki espadrille wedges

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L.K.Bennett, black suede sandals

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Dressy Flats

Avoid the heel altogether and go for a dressy flat – a great option for tall people, and there’s a huge range of styles out there for elegant flats these days. I prefer an almond or pointed toe for dressy flats – they look smarter than round-toe ballet flats.


Zara satin slingbacks

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Boden jewelled flats

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Jimmy Choo gold leather Lancer flats

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L.K.Bennett pink jacquard flats

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Royal Wedding – best dressed guests

There were so many stylish outfits on display at yesterday’s royal wedding it’s hard to pick my favourties! Here is a run-down of my best dressed guests.

For me, there was one clear winner in the style stakes. Amal Clooney oozed Hollywood glamour in a sunshine yellow dress by Stella McCartney with matching hat by Stephen Jones. Such a tricky colour to wear but it complemented her colouring perfectly and looked simply stunning. Her look was so dazzling you barely noticed the Hollywood A-lister at her side – George Clooney!


Prince Harry’s cousin, Kitty Spencer, looked incredibly stylish in a green dress with a striking hand-painted floral pattern by Dolce & Gabbana with matching elegant beret-style veiled hat by Philip Treacy. I love the wide square, almost tudor-style neckline of this dress and the rich jewel shade of green.


The Countess of Wessex is also up there in my top three. I love the effortless elegance of her short-sleeved top and ice blue midi skirt by Suzannah with bespoke hat, hand-dyed to match by Jane Taylor. A glamorous look for the Countess whose style is really getting better with age. Brave to choose separates too – I think she carries it off really well.


Sofia Wellesley, wife of singer James Blunt, wore a pretty embroidered long dress featuring an intricate floral vine pattern by Red Valentino with a cream volute hat by Camilla Rose Millinery. A perfect outfit for a spring wedding. The dress is heavily detailed so she chose the perfect hat to complement it. A really fresh and summery look.


Gina Torres, Meghan’s Suits co-star, wore a red/pink embroidered tulle lace dress by Costarellos. A great colour and the cream trilby style hat gives the delicate dress a bit of edge.


Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, chose a colourful striped dress by Eponine London with an elegant shell pink feathered headband by Rachel B Millinery, aptly named “Ballerina”. A really pretty, fresh and vibrant look. It would be difficult to match a statement hat with such a complicated dress, so this discrete romantic headpiece is a great solution.


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Gabriela Peacock wore a pink Emilia Wickstead midi dress with bow detail on the sleeves and a hat by Laura Cathcart millinery. A beautiful, feminine and chic look.


Fashion PR, Nicky Malone, wore an elegant blush pink “Belle” dress coat by Claire Mischevani with matching pillbox hat by Sarah Cant Millinery. Blush pink is one of my favourite colours so this is always a winner for me!


Janina Gavankar wore a 1930s orange tasselled cape dress with a 1940s hat – I love this vintage look. Wearing vintage is also a great way of making sure no-one turns up in the same outfit as you!


I’m a sucker for polka dots so this classic navy/blue cream collared pleated midi dress by Alessandra Rich, worn by actress Abigail Spencer, is one of my favourites.

Autumn Phillips wore a teal belted coat dress by Ceri Brooks at Hen House Brides, a boutique based in Wiltshire, with a matching bespoke feather percher hat by Juliette Millinery, worn with Emmy London navy suede accessories. Teal was a popular colour amongst the royal guests, with Princess Beatrice and Zara Phillips also opting for this vibrant shade of blue. I love the fit-and-flare style of this one.


Mother of the Bride. It can’t have been easy for Doria Ragland being the only member of Meghan’s family attending the royal wedding and sitting across from the Queen! But Doria looked extremely elegant in a pistachio green embroidered dress and coat by Oscar de la Renta with a chic beret style hat.


Carole Middleton wore a fit-and-flare pale aqua dress coat by Catherine Walker with hat by Jane Taylor. You can’t go wrong with Catherine Walker for formal events and this shade of green is one of my favourites.


If Amal Clooney stole the show at the wedding ceremony, Priyanka Chopra was threatening to do the same at the evening party! She chose this dazzling dress by Dior for the evening reception at Frogmore House. A real show-stopping old-school glamour number.




Royal Wedding – The Dress

After months of speculation on who had landed the commission to design the wedding dress of the year, the bride surprised us all as she arrived at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle yesterday in a pure white silk boat neck gown by Clare Waight Keller – British director at Givenchy! This designer had not even been rumoured in the run up to the big day.

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In keeping with Meghan’s style, the wedding gown itself was very minimalist in its aesthetic with an absence of any fussy detail. It featured a wide boat neck, three quarter sleeves and form fitting bodice. Detail and symbolism could be found in the hand-embroidered 5-metre veil, which included floral detail that represented all 53 countries of the Commonwealth, in addition to the California poppy – a reference to Meghan’s place of birth and wintersweet, which grows in front of Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

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The veil was held in place by a tiara loaned to Meghan by the Queen: Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, named after the wife of King George V. It was created in 1932 and features a detachable diamond brooch in the centre that was a wedding present to Queen Mary in 1893. Other jewellery was kept to a minimum – diamond stud earrings and a bracelet by Cartier. Meghan’s shoes were also by Givenchy and made of silk duchess satin.

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The overall look was chic, timeless and understated, in contrast to the intricate lace detail of the Alexander McQueen wedding dress worn by The Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

In March 2016, during an interview with Glamour magazine about her Suits character, Rachel, Meghan Markle described her perfect wedding dress: “Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.” She is also noted as saying how much she liked the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s wedding dress, calling it “everything goals”. This seemed to be more evident in her choice of designer for her second bridal dress, worn to the evening reception at Frogmore House. The high-necked, sleeveless lily white silk gown by Stella McCartney, worn with a loose bun, is very reminiscent of Kennedy’s wedding day look, in the fluidity of the fabric and its minimalist elegance.

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It wouldn’t be a bridal ensemble without something blue – and this was glimpsed on Meghan’s hand as Prince Harry drove her to their evening wedding reception at Frogmore – a large aquamarine ring that once belonged to Prince Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.



Royal Wedding Style

The Royal Wedding is almost upon us! I thought I would have a bit of fun and match some of my favourite Instagram wedding looks that I have posted over the last few weeks to members of the royal party in anticipation of the big day!

Lets start with HM. The Queen is quite loyal to her favourite couturier and milliner so I think it’s safe to say we will see her in a dress and coat by Stuart Parvin with a hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan. She wore yellow at the last royal wedding so my bet’s on blue this time round. The hat I’ve pictured below is by Philip Treacy, with dress coat by Suzannah.

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Mother of the Bride. It must be quite daunting for Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria,  dressing for an occasion like this. I think she would look good in a nice peachy coral or maybe a lemon yellow with ivory hat. This is one of my favourite coat dresses by Claire Mischevani with hat by Philip Treacy.


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The Duchess of Cambridge. Usually loyal to Catherine Walker or Alexander Mcqueen on occasions like this. A tricky one for the Duchess so soon after giving birth but she’s lucky enough to have the expert services of the best couturiers on call so her dress dilemma will be made a lot easier with a bespoke number. The Duchess doesn’t wear green much but it would really suit her so I would dress her in a bespoke version of this lovely mint green dress coat by Catharine Walker, with hat by Lock & Co.

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The Countess of Wessex. Sophie wore a silvery Bruce Oldfield skirt suit at the last royal wedding. I’d like to see her in blush or rose pink for spring – with a hat by her usual milliner, Jane Taylor. I would dress her in this lovely pink dress by Oscar de la Renta pictured here with a hat by Philip Treacy.


Princess Beatrice. Beatrice’s hat was one of the more stand-out memories from the last royal wedding. The infamous Treacy pretzel hat was quite a statement! Her dressing has become more and more elegant lately so I’m expecting to see her in a stylish dress and jacket and a sophisticated head piece, like this unusual floral headband from Juliette Botterill Millinery.

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Princess Eugenie. Eugenie loves a bit of colour so I’m not expecting this one to be too matchy matchy! I think she’d look good in this emerald green dress by Self Portrait with hat by Camilla Rose.

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Enjoy the royal wedding!