Wardrobe Staples

As you probably know, flat black boots have been in for a while and continue to prove themselves useful. Old news, right?

So why a post on this? Well, maybe now you're ready for a new pair. (Perhaps patent leather? Or perforated leather? There are endless choices!) Or, if you're like me, your favorite flat black faux suede boots (impractical, I know) were ruined in a freak hailstorm that lasted ALL DAY -- I like to call that "The Tragedy of Winter '06-'07".

Here are a few choice pairs:

Donya boot, $39.50 from alloy.com. Comes in black and white.

Ryder boot, $42.50 from alloy.com. Faux suede. Side zipper. Can be worn over the knee.

Leather, with gold detail. Stella boot, $248.00 from bananarepublic.com.

Gray suede (I know, I know, it's not black. Close enough!!). Birkin boot by Bettye Muller, $570.00. (These had better be magic boots...) from piperlime.com.

Leather pull-on boot. Brewster Leather Low Boot, $168.00 from jcrew.com.

I think my favorites are the J Crew boots. Sure, they're not the cheapest of the bunch, but they're leather, a classic shape (the tough look for boots will always be in; all that changes is the clothes you wear them with), and they look pretty sturdy. I walk on campus all the time, and it would be nice to have shoes that I can actually wear in the rain...

Art as Inspiration, part 2

Thought that kimono-inspired tops (like the one above) and dresses were a recent trend?

You'd be wrong. (Take a peek at the lady at the left.) *sigh* The Frocker so should have been an art history major.

Photo credits: www.nordstrom.com, www.metmuseum.org (respectively)