Monochrome - white shirt | black leather shirt | ballet flats

Anything but basic, it’s easy yes, simple of course yet Classic, Classy & Chic – The 3 C’s?

A crisp white fitted shirt paired with a full, black leather skirt. Flat ballet pumps & my black clutch to finish. DONE!

Except I was feeling rather girlie this day so I added a touch of pink via my nails & the brooch my Grandmother left me. You don’t really see brooches very much these days although I have no idea why, they’re such a charming accessory. In fact I’m on the lookout for a vintage Chanel brooch at the moment. Vintage Heirloom often have them but they’re rare which makes them rather expensive, still a girl can dream right?

Monochrome - white shirt | black leather shirt | ballet flats

Monochrome - white shirt | black leather shirt | ballet flats

Monochrome - white shirt | black leather shirt | ballet flats

About Lanvin Ballerinas…

If you’ve never walked on a cloud before, try these. This is not a joke. Do it. Go now.

You’re thinking – Crikey that’s an awful lot of DeNiros for a pair of ballet flats!

Well perhaps not in those exact words but something along the lines of shock horror, right? However, if like me, you wear flats 90% of the time & 50% of that is in ballets you should know that wearing a Lanvin ballet is unlike any other.

When I buy shoes I always do a mental arithmetic of price per wear. It eases the pain of an extravagant purchase & puts the cost into perspective. Put another way, buying cheap shoes means they are poorly made & won’t last long at all. There is absolutely no point in arguing this with me as I have a wardrobe full of very expensive & very old shoes I still wear.

Back to Lanvin – Firstly the leather is butter soft, molds to your foot but never goes sloppy. Secondly, they have a leather padded in-sole which is heavenly support for a high instep. Thirdly, & this is the trick, a small concealed wedge heel BAM

You are walking on a cloud! Now go – buy a pair!

Monochrome - white shirt | black leather shirt | ballet flats

monochrome outfit - black & white

Monochrome - white shirt | black leather shirt | ballet flats

vintage pink stone brooch

Shop the Outfit

Monochrome - white shirt | black leather shirt | ballet flats

See ya! Mx

  • Comments ( 12 )

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    Abby@midlifecrisisnut.com

    Ah the blessing (and curse) of self-designing;) And don’t even start me on Lanvin, I could buy their entire stock as of now! It’s THE favourite brand of mine. Love the brooch too:) xx Abby

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Lanvin is special that’s for sure, I totally understand your devotion x

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    Abby@midlifecrisisnut.com

    BTW Michelle, I’m afraid you might have accidentally altered your subscription list, since the last notification I received dates from the 19th of Jan. Which sort of explains why I haven’t heard of new posts from RCM. And that’s why I didn’t pop in:) xx Abby

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Bloody hell! I was wondering where you were actually, missed your lovely comments.
      I recently changed to Mailchimp but wp wouldn’t let me transfer my wp subscribers (only email subscribers) so I had to do it manually. Clearly I did a rubbish job of it! Aarrgh!!! Thank you so much for the heads up Abby & for checking in. Great to have you back xxx

  • avatar
    Samantha

    LOVED that outfit the first time round, loving it again the second time! Of all your looks, this is my favourite. Both Retro (yet classic) and Chic, Mama!

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      I remember you saying that Sammy & I was truly flattered especially as I wasn’t at all sure what I was doing with regard to photography. I have a few more ideas for Monochrome looks if you’re interested, keep an eye out for those coming up next season.
      Mxxx

  • avatar
    JustPorsh

    You look amazing!
    Love your skirt.

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Thanks so much! T
      The shirt is a little different to the average white cotton shirt as it has double cuffs & a double collar. However I didn’t showcase those elements this time as I wanted to highlight the skirt. As it’s the RCM ethos to show the many different ways a single article can be styled you will see this clever shirt again – Differently, of course 😉
      Mx

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    The Stylopedia

    It is so refreshing to see an outfit that is comfortable as well as chic. Nicely done! I love the brooch, and I have been ALL OVER Ebay lately looking for vintage Chanel brooches after missing out on a recent (black and baguette crystals) one. Gorgeous skirt too. xx

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Ah yes Ebay has some beauties doesn’t it? Have you tried Vintage Heirloom too? We’ll be in competition if I’m not careful, although if we both buy one we can trade back & forth!

  • avatar
    Reasons to Dress (@reasonstodress)

    Oh THAT’s THE THING about blog maintenance… it is NEVER ENDING. I have spent plenty a night working on links, images and categories!

    In other news I LOVE your hair like this and that skirt!

    Angie from reasons to dress {fashion + real life in Italy}

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      The more I know – the more I need to learn! It’s endless, seriously how do you get any actual photos done? The styling & photography is my favourite part of which is actually about 10% !!!
      Mind you it is good to keep the old brain active & lets face it what else would I be doing? HOUSEWORK!
      Mxxx

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