If the term ladylike brings to mind twee twinsets and prim pearls, it’s time to cast aside the connotations. But not the pearls - they’re having a moment right now, and it’s all in how you wear them. You see, this season, you can do ladylike without losing your fashion edge thanks to chic bags and shoes that put a modern spin on the usual ladylike flourishes – think said pearls, bow trims, kitten heels and quilted arm candy. The beauty of modern ladylike is that the heels which tick the trend come in all shapes and sizes. Thanks to the mish-mash of styles on the catwalk – kitten heels at Dior, midi numbers at Balenciaga and towering stilettos at Rochas – there really is something for everyone.
The Kitten Heel
We should all be rejoicing at the return of the kitten heel. Yes, it’s had some less-than-chic moments in the past, but there is much to celebrate about this mini heeled shoe. They are elegant in the most sophisticated way, with just enough lift to add a healthy dose of swagger to your walk but not so much that you can’t get a whole day’s wear out of them. Take Miss KG’s 'Archer', a spin on the classic court shoe that makes the perfect office footwear. Then you’ve got your (day to) evening versions. The 'Pia', in black with a jewelled buckle or an opulent floral printed version, will look amazing with cropped tailored trousers and a lace trim camisole. For an edgier take on the ladylike trend, look no further than 'Sparky', Kurt Geiger London’s fierce kitten heel boot adorned with pearl studded buckles. Pair them with straight leg jeans and a Prince of Wales check blazer for effortless new season cool.
The Midi Heel
Crave more height than a kitten but can’t do a whole day in heels? The timeless midi heel is a must-have addition to any woman’s shoe-drobe. If you love a classic court shoe, you need to meet Carvela’s 'Alison'. A mid-heeled court for all occasions, the black suede version will soon become your go-to shoe, while the ombre option gives this staple an autumn upgrade. Miss KG’s 'Celina' shoes are your ultimate everyday mid heels. Ideal for the office – in nude or black – but high enough to elevate a great party dress too. A block midi heel is a great alternative if you’re after something sturdier. Opt for Miss KG’s glittering 'Ava' style, a party season perfect shoe that will also work with denim and a tee off-duty, or the fuzz-adorned 'Eleri' design (patterned or fishnet tights with the latter this winter, please).
The High Heel
The skyscrapers making a statement right now are those armed with that little something extra. A key focus for us for AW17 is sophisticated embellishment – the aforementioned pearls, studs and gemstones - which inject a hint of glamour and can totally transform a heel. Get ahead of the fash pack with KG Kurt Geiger 'Bounty'. Available in grey and pink, these beauties boast a splattering of pearls, which work their way up the side of the foot. Style with a sleek trouser suit now and a killer frock come party season. Backless shoes aren’t going anywhere for AW17, FYI, so KG Kurt Geiger’s 'Hoste' mules are a must-buy. If you prefer a strappy, Kurt Geiger London has the answer. The 'Soar' platforms are sky high and adorned with our now iconic eagle head. For something daintier, try 'Slay' in teal or pink or KG Kurt Geiger’s 'Jazz' sandals – this intricate heel is on another level.
The update on ladylike hasn’t escaped arm candy either. Make a beeline for chic boucle shot with metallic threads and on-trend top handles – Kurt Geiger London’s 'Tweed Kensington' and 'Heidi' box tote in an elegant wine hue provide the perfect finishing touches. For something daintier, switch up your usual carry-all for the Kurt Geiger London 'Mini Kensington' in plush quilted leather. Just remember, this is the new ladylike, so when it comes to your outfits think modern silhouettes like blazers and straight leg denim – it’s a twinset-free zone!Shop The Edit