De-Fussing a Classic

I found these vintage Ferragamo Vara pumps at a flea market in Glasgow. They are in pristine condition, and in my size. Boo-yah! I have been lusting after a pair for a while, ever since Ferragamo rolled-out the design your own Vara campaign a year or so ago, so finding them for £30 at a vintage stall was a real boon.

One of the conundrums posed by pieces that are so staunchly classic is that they can read as rather sensible (read: buttoned-down and fussy). For many, the Vara conjures memories of their Grandmothers on their way to church, or perhaps even reminds us of the ultimate grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, who I understand is also a fan.

Personally, I think that like so many other classic pieces, it is all down to what you do with it. For me, the secret is keeping things super simple, or even perhaps a little deconstructed. To pair these shoes with a matching tweed skirt suit or calf-length skirt would indeed likely lead those who know you to ask why you are wearing your grandmother's shoes. Me? I like to mix them with more casual, modern pieces like skinny jeans, moto jackets, t-shirts, or opaque tights and a short skirt. Here's how I wore them this week.

Ferragamo shoes (vintage), similar / River Island tee (no longer available), similar / Armani Exchange distressed jeans (thrifted), similar / Stella McCartney for Addidas jacket (old), similar / Guess cropped pea coat (old) worn over shoulders, similar / Mango jeans / thrifted Ralph Lauren Polo cable sweater, similar

Check out some of these other stylish women in their Ferragamos...


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  1. these outfits are wonderful, Kristin! I hadn't been a big fan of the shoes but you give them a lot of chic.

  2. I also scored a pair of Ferragamos at a vintage fair a while back. They are bright orange with a wicker style heel.

    What a great find for you!


  3. What a great flea market find! I bought some vintage Amalfi shoes with grosgrain ribbon on the toes. Love them with skinny jeans....very much like yours. Plus they are soooo comfy!

  4. Great find, Kristin! I like the subtle bow on your pair.

  5. What is *up* with that last model's leg? Do you think it's photoshopped on, or she's really flexible or what?!

    Anyway, sorry, shoes. Hmm... the actual shoes still say 'grannie' to me, but my I'm a bit of a late adopter when it comes to fashion trends. For example it took me a couple of years to get used to skinny jeans.

    1. That model in the raincoat looks photoshopped into a skeleton too.

  6. You got something against your grandmother? : ) I genuinely like emulating older women in my own fashion choices. My brooch fetish is a direct result of my love of my grandmother and her love of brooches.


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