How to nail the ultimate shoe essentials

Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t have a ton of shoes. Well, that’s a lie, I own a lot of shoes, but the pairs I actually wear can be counted on one hand. I’m currently alternating between three pairs: a pair of vintage ankle boots, cowboy-shoes from Topshop and a pair of pointed brogues.

I just think it’s important to invest in a few good items that you’ll want to wear all the time. First off, I’ve ruled out pleather. I was often tempted to buy €20 high-street shoes just because I liked the design, but I noticed that that was an absolute waste of money because you never end up choosing them over comfortable high quality shoes.

Basically I've learned that the less choice you give yourself in shoes and narrow your shoe closet down to a few iconic essentials, it's so much easier to get dressed in the morning because they will go with basically anything. Let me show you some ways to style the perfect classic shoes.

Everybody needs a pair of classic brogues, but you can definitely experiment a bit with them. These white ones with a chunky sole add a bit of edge to a classy party outfit. Plus they're comfortable!

Top – New Look / Culottes – New Look / Clutch – New Look / Brogues - Invito

Ankle boots
Ankle boots go with everything, and recently I've been in love with pointed ones. I feel like they're great for any kind of city girl outfit with a girly touch. I'd picture Alexa Chung wearing these, strolling around in Brooklyn.

Dress - Topshop / Top – Topshop / Bag – Topshop / Ankle boots - Invito

Chunky heels
Surely everybody loves a good heel, and if you're anything like me, it can't hurt to be a bit taller. What can hurt, however, are uncomfortable heels. That's why I always stick with chunky ones to ensure a certain amount of stability to help me in my constant fight with gravity. I'd style a chunky heel with a 70's vibe.

Top – Topshop / Hat – Topshop / Bag – New Look / Shorts – River Island / Shoes – Steve Madden


GIVEAWAY: €130 to spend at BON'A PARTE

Coat by BON'A PARTE, tee by Primark, jeans Pull & Bear, shoes Invito

Ah, summer has finally arrived in the Netherlands. The harsh reality is that on most Dutch summer days, a coat is still a must. Luckily there are plenty of cool light coats to be found, like this one from BON'A PARTE. It's perfectly light and easy to take with you, more airy than a leather jacket and more stylish that your average cardigan.

Either way, I'm in love with this coat and I'm glad I get to give you the chance to help one of you on your way to finding your perfect summer outfit. I get to give away €130 in shopping money at BON'A PARTE to one of you lucky ladies. That's plenty to find your own perfect coat - or anything else that's still on your wish list. Leave a comment below with your favorite item from the webshop. Don't forget to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win!