Maybe it's my love for all things ballet that burned Chloe's spring 2011 collection into my brain. My favorite looks? Those gorgeous dusty rose and blush-toned gauzy pleated skirts with tight bandage tops or leotard-tight long sleeved tops in creams and nudes. All paired with ballet flats that are dead wringers for the Capezios I wore to ballet class when I was little, minus the elastic strap.
Ever since Chloe spring 2011 I've been drawn to all things delicate and flimsy and blush toned. Beiges nudes and blush tones instantly class-up an outfit. Like this classic Equipment blouse in nude ($208, Shopbop). It's the sort of staple that makes you look and feel expensive whether you're pairing it with white Celine pants or skinny jeans or a pencil skirt at the office.
I'm also loving this simple, clean button down dress from Cacherel ($640, ShopZoe). But here's the thing about this dress, and the Chloe dresses and the Equipment blouse: blush tones are really hard colors to wear! Only folks with the right coloring can wear them without getting completely washed out, and I'm one of those people who gets washed out. It is not a good look. So this is purely a fantasy obsession for me. It doesn't stop me from gravitating toward every blush toned piece in every store I shop, but luckily a good friend is always nearby to say "No!" Except of course, when it comes to shoes.
If you, like me, can't pull off blush tones as clothes, shoes are the magic loophole. Who can deny that nude Louboutins are the best things to ever happen to your legs? They add inches to your gams and elevate any look. If only they didn't cost half my rent...(the 100MM simple pump, $595, Christian Louboutin).
While there's no substitute for nude Louboutin pumps, I think I found a creative way to get part of Chloe's spring look without shelling out thousands. Those perfect Chloe ballet flats that I likened to Capezios? Why not just get the Capezios and put a sole on them? They look exactly like Chloe's flats but cost $24 instead of $375.