Preparing For Fall
It’s that time of year when I start to get anxious. Anxious for cooler weather, for earthy tones, for crisp air and orange leaves and pumpkin everything. It seems to be quite cliche for a blogger to say, but I love fall. Perhaps I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, but homemade pumpkin spice? Yes, please. As my eagerness for cooler weather starts to permeate everything, I find myself reaching for all of the fall items I have, and buying everything that is darker and more dramatic for the season. These lace-up flats from Amazon are a direct result of my fall dreaming.
My wardrobe of flats has been seriously lacking lately. One of my favorite was literally worn to death; they had holes in the sides and everything! I am prone to purchasing heels more than I purchase flats, even though motherhood has made flats a necessity. So, when I saw these, my needs and my dreams were both fulfilled! Ever since several of my favorite bloggers sported different lace-up flats, I have been wanting a good pair for myself!
I’m always wary of purchasing shoes (and clothes) online, as I have wider feet and often shoes are too narrow to fit. But at $21, these lace-up flats really weren’t too scary to order, and upon arrival I immediately tried them on… and they were perfect! They were a little bit snug at first, but after about five minutes of walking they loosened up. A day full of thrifting and running errands was no problem for these shoes. My feet were perfectly comfortable, with no blisters or discomfort even after almost eight hours of wear.
You might have issues if you are constantly removing your shoes; since they’re lace up, it takes a minute to either remove them or put them on. However, for the comfort and the style, they’re so worth it. Plus, the suede makes them easy to clean off! They are also really great for giving an edge to my outfits, which I love this time of year! These flats have swayed about 80% of my purchases since they arrived. Everything now is bought with the thought “will it look good with those lace-up flats?”
Surely I’m not the only one who does this? It’s only in the last few years that I have started dressing for the season. There’s something comforting about changing from the bright, saturated colors of summer to the dark, moody shades of fall. While I hate being cold, I love bundling up. I love tights and jewel tones and autumn everything.
Perhaps I should have named this post “Autumn Obsession” because I’ve spent the entire time talking about fall. I’m… sorry? I think it’s also a possibility that my affinity for dark and oddly colored lipsticks — I just bought blue! — also has something to do with it. Edge is something I’ve pursued for a while, but I’ve always been a bit too drawn to girly and pretty to figure out how to add a little bit of edge.
But then I realized: “edge” doesn’t have to mean “spikes” or “leather” or “metal” (those are the things I associate with edgy style… er…). It can also be an unusual lipstick, or really really great shoes in a dark color and unique style, or even a different haircolor. Or a color palette. Now that I’ve figured this out, I’m excited for fall to come so I can experiment with the feel of an edgier wardrobe in the colors of autumn.
What are you excited about lately?