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September 2013



Faded fall fashion


For some reason these ancient ~ and by ancient I mean ohhhhh 15 years old! ~ heels always seem to make an appearance come the end of the summer. As I steer clear of the bright, bold and beautiful colours that make up my favourite season I head towards more autumnal colours and see my wardrobe with a different eye. A more muted palette appears, less skin is on show {much to my disappointment}, & perhaps a more fitted form arises as we head into the last few months of the year. I always have a back to school feeling come September. There is a renewed work ethic and a higher level of concentration {due to less sunbathing time}. It’s time to get down and get on with business!

I’m booking up fast for detoxes as it’s that time of year. If you need me to come help you blow away the cobwebs and unearth a new you then you know where I am:




{gifted wicker bag from zimbabwe, gifted men’s m&s shirt, hobbs pencil skirt, ancient heels from cyprus {see also here}


Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Bag central, Brown shirt in the ring, Colour blocking, Outfit city



July 2013



Hidden gems


{gifted & then reworked zimbabwean dress from bestie from africa, vintage pink dress from sydney, vintage birds of paradise dress from san francisco}

I’ve done my homework that I set myself yesterday and have been hunting and discovering and loving finding my summer specials. They’re out, they’re going to be worn and their accompaniment will be a big fat smile on my face.


{black and beige flip flops from gap, only hearts cotton vest top}


{gifted supre dress from ms. kass, orla kiely clutch}


{£1 hat from cyprus}


{dimdi dress}


{dimdi grey shorts, self designed playsuit, vintage leather visor, ancient cut off jeans, gifted accesorise sunhat}


{vintage top from nyc}

What have you been unearthing my Shoelets?

Any hidden gems that you’d forgotten about?

Tell all…

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Bestie From Africa, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Kaspia Calypso, Outfit city, Printastic, Summer plans, Wardrobe work



June 2013



Take me to Africa


When the Zimbabwean’s are in town there is nothing I like better than cracking out my African print dresses and showing them how much I love their material.

When Bestie From Africa lived over in Zimbabwe {technically she should now be called Bestie From Streatham} I was very lucky to receive many beautiful gifts in the post. Often it was simply material that she knew I’d like and would make into something fabulous. Other times it was actual dresses. This beauty came to me one birthday with the note attached

‘Yes, it’s huge but it’s the smallest I could find. I know you’ll be able to do something with it’ 

Huge was an understatement. It was probably a size 26! You know I love a challenge. I took it up, I took it in, I chopped the sleeves and I hemmed the shit out of it. Paired with a floral belt it was perfect for these far eastern style wild summer days.


{reworked gifted african dress, belt from this dress, m&s suede wedges and sunnies, vintage bag from rokit}


For wild adventures in the actual Africa and not just a garden in South London check out here

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Bestie From Africa, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Outfit city, Printastic, Rise to the occasion



June 2012



To sock or not to sock…

…that is the question.

If you didn’t know already I’ve had a birthday recently and I am now on the borderline of mid 30’s.  That’s half way to 40 and I just don’t know whether ankle socks on a half way to 40 year old woman are appropriate.

I’ve seen the other girls at school doing it

{all images via the web}

Personally I love it but am not sure whether the stares I recieved on Saturday were for my African print skirt, my ankle socks or the fact that my make-up seemed to have fallen off on the way to work and I spent the day looking like I was hungover.

{reworked ancient cardi, old work t, self designed skirt, umbro ankle socks, chie mihara heeled brogues}

I think a discussion is needed here at Red Shoes No Knickers.  What say you?  I want to hear your thoughts.  Let’s start up a forum, if you will, so that we can share with each other what’s going on out there in the big, sartorial world of ankle socks and the like.

Firstly – Does this work?

Secondly – What, perhaps, mutton dressed as lamb (?) items of clothing do you like to wear but think might be borderline unacceptable?


Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Let's discuss, Outfit city



April 2012



African adventure

These feet have been across the waters to Africa-ca-ca and have many a tale to tell….

{goa flip flops, reworked gifted top, self-designed skirt, reworked h&m hat, m&s sunnies}

{m&s nighties x 2}

{vintage sunnies, american apparel t-shirt, self designed jacket, reworked denim shorts {my boyfriend ones i mentioned here} clarks flip flops {my vintage leather visor on matty’s head!}}

{reworked american apparel hoodie and gifted jersey dress, gifted zebra print scarf}

{clarks flip flops}

{reworked dress, bestie from africa’s hat}

{folk sandals, sister with massive laugh’s skirt}

{self designed jacket, forever 21 top}

{reworked denim jacket, reworked vintage dress}

{bestie from africa’s self-designed earrings}

{self-designed playsuit}

{reworked hat, vintage sunnies, american apparel t-shirt}

{gifted vintage kimono, vintage dress from nyc}

{reworked and gifted dress, kimchi bag}

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Bestie From Africa, Rise to the occasion, Travel



April 2012



Daydreaming fuel

As soon as I saw the first picture of The Glamourai’s latest styling project my mind started racing!

Each outfit got me excited about Rising to the occassion.  I thought of Gypsett travelling, adventurous head gear, reworking pieces I already own, accessorising to the hilt, my beloved Africa-ca-ca and, having just helped flattie with A Sweet Treat, magical Morocco was also thrown into my daydream {helped as in she’s learning and did most of it herself. Sex and city 2 eat your heart out!} 

This last one is definately my favourite as I have a similar hat that I’ve been meaning to rework for a while….watch this space!

For the rest of this gorgeous shoot take a gander over here…

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Inspiration



April 2012



The tight of no return

Before I headed off to the great plains of Africa there was a mini heatwave in old Unit K, I vowed then and there that whence one had returned to the Tiny Island a tight would not be seen on le tanned legs.  They were to be banished to the other side of the year and would not darken my pins for at least another 6 months.

Sadly for me the temperatures are not as pleasing as they were 3 weeks ago.  I, however, am sticking to my guns and am determined not to return to Tightage.  You know what that means kids?


Oh yeah.  These last two expressions of

‘Eh?  What you looking at?’ and ‘Oh look I can balance on one foot, aren’t I clever!’

mean I am in this game for as long as my weather app keeps showing rain.  I may run out of Pants but I’ll still be playing the game, don’t you worry My Shoelets, I don’t like to give into anyone, let along myself!

{self designed velvet jacket, topshop blouse, gifted stripey longsleeve, jeans and leather handbag, orla kiely belt, m&s wedges}

If I could wear these pants everyday of the challenge I would as they are my new ‘Happy pants’.  I purchased/nabbed them from the pile of ‘This shit can’t be bought home with me.  I have way too many clothes’ clothes which I happened across in Bestie From Africa‘s spare room {also known as my room}  Along with these supercomfytightonthelegbutlooseatthetop~winnerwinnerchickendinner jeans I won 3 vests, {see the first one here} one blouse and a pair of culottes.

Best place to shop? ~ Someone else’s wardrobe.  Go find one.

Tomorrow’s post will either be The continuation of The great pants game or Africa pictures ~ What you want?  Tell me and I’ll do it.  I’m so easy like that. I like to please.

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Bestie From Africa, Outfit city, PANTS!



April 2012



Tree tings

{that big old african sky}

Having only been back for 4 days and with my daydreaming head still stuck firmly in Zimbabwe, I think my Tree tings for the week must most definitely be Africa related…

{hanging out with my buddies}

{self designed mozambique print skirt, goa flip flops}

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Travel, Tree tings



April 2012



D.I.M.D.I: High waisted shorts

This is the round and full face of yours truly circa 1997 in New York City.

Although it doesn’t look like it, it was actually taken at the end of the best summer of my life.  There was a boy involved, fresh air, swimming, drama, comedy, travel, NYC ~ Great times.

The photo is here not to scare you into never having bleached hair or blue nails but to, of course, discuss the attire.*  At the time I was wearing one of three pairs of jeans that I owned.  A black low rise boot cut pair that I bought that summer, a baggy boyfriend pair {chopped into shorts and took to Zimbabwe 2012} and these ~ High waisted, straight leg blue jeans that I had had since I was 14.

Back in 1992 high waisted was not high waisted but was simply normal.  Low rise, ass crackers, as I like to call them, hadn’t been invented and we were were safe in the knowledge that our knickers and backsides were covered even if we did bend over to put a pair of Buffalo trainers on.

I loved this pair of jeans and always kept them to see if I could fit back  into them after weight yo yo’s, just like my Mum’s ‘pregnancy jeans’.  A pair of jeans she kept and after each baby {of which she squeezed out three} would try on to see if she had returned to her former size. {FYI I could fit a forearm into them in my teens!}

Anyway, come 2004 my ‘ass size testing’ jeans weren’t being worn and I wanted them to worn! I CAN’T STAND WASTE!!

Feb 2005 ~ Took the jeans in so they were tapered, patched up the knees and dyed them dark blue.  BINGO! High waisted jeans before their comeback after their demise after their introduction.  Always one step ahead my Shoelets.

Aug 2010 ~ Nearly didn’t make it to the theatre one night as was stuck in the jeans ~ 1992 they were purchased my friends, no elastic in sight.

What to do?….MMMMMMmmmmm.  The top of these jeans is AWESOME and I do hate to give up on an item with so much history…

March 2012 ~ D.I.M.D.I time {mark 2 for this pair}

Firstly I cut them into shorts and unpicked them to let them out….

….Bleach bath to take the colour out of them….

…with the ‘legs’ that I’d cut off I pinned and then sewed the extra material into the unpicked seams to give me extra ass space…

…I cut the beauties even shorter for maximum tannage on the pins and found myself with a pair of high waisted jean shorts!

Happy, comfy, stylish, African days…Did it myself didn’t I?

Ohhhh…And…and I changed two tyres on a jeep in these shorts ~ Ass covered the whole time.

{reworked hat, ray ban sunnies, american apparel t-shirt, reworked shorts}

*recognise the shirt too?  Check here….15 years after it was gifted it’s still being loved….

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Outfit city, Rise to the occasion



April 2012



Looking for change

{found fleece, topshop scarf, vintage jacket from nyc, gifted vest, lee jeans, wedges from nyc, leather bag from cyprus}

Between the downpours and the grey skies of yesterday I found a small window of sun and I snatched it to take these piccies.  Obviously, the rules are, day one back from your hols you wear white and get as much skin out as possible.  Having transferred said skin from 27 degrees to 10 there was a strong possibility that this was not going to happen.  It did however make me look at my wardrobe with fresh eyes and you know me My Shoelets, I do love a challenge.

Having lived off the same set of clothes for 2 weeks when I get back to Tiny Wardrobe and am faced with a plethora of vetements I am always looking for change.  In Africa-ca-ca I was flowing, big prints, bold colours.  On returning I’m reaching for some a little subtler. A looser top, a smaller print, edgy and ‘covered’ {dang i was cold yesterday!} but still TRYING to be springlike.

I’m getting out my spring/summer jackets today and am looking forward to dreaming up different outfits for this year.  I’m not sure what they’ll be but I have a few little ideas brewing in le brainage.  Shoes and bags are a priority this season and I can’t wait to look at what I already own and mix it up to make it current and exciting.

What’s your plan for this upcoming season?  Let me know?  Do you like the sportswear look thats coming in?  Clogs a plenty for y’all?  Will you be joining me, Burberry and a whole continent with 2012’s love of African print? Are pastels welcomed into your inbox or are they sent right to spam?

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Colour blocking, Inspiration, Outfit city, PANTS!, Wardrobe work


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