These black boat shoes are from Kiel James Patrick. You might remember that I have discussed this brand before, there's so much to admire about this American company (you can read about them here).
They manufacture their boat shoes in the US, and they are the most rugged, well-made shoes I have ever come across. In fact I like them so much that I bought a pair for MrBP and another pair as a birthday present last summer for Poppa.
I wore these shoes all over Italy last spring, including many days spent hiking the Cinque Terre, at times in the pouring rain and after guzzling back gallons of wine with my friends. I brought them to Newfoundland last summer and wore them to hike the East Coast trail, sometimes in muddy, rocky, sliding conditions. They are made for rain and slippery terrain, and yet somehow manage to be quite darling with dresses and skirts.
I am noticing that they are not on the KJP site just now but I've sent an email to the company inquiring on their whereabouts. I really hope they haven't stopped manufacturing them, I'll keep you posted!
Back to our travel colour story for New Orleans, beginning with the black boat shoes and working out from there...
If you read my post yesterday on the Dreaded Bathing Suit Search you'll know that I've organized a birthday present for myself from MrBP, aren't I helpful? ;) Here it is in its entirety:
|Birthday Present Outfit|
Years ago I owned several pairs of espadrilles but the ones with the low heels I wore until they were ruined, and the ones with the too-high heels I could never wear at all. These espadrilles from Castaner are the 80mm heel height I prefer (the style is called Carina).
The dress is one I found under the "beach cover-up" category but as you can see it is quite versatile and looks like more of a day dress than a cover-up. It is by Mara Hoffman, and made in the US out of very structured hemp fabric. I've never owned a dress made out of hemp before and it is a surprisingly fine, almost polished fabric, very like a high-quality linen.
This dress really fills a gap in my summer wardrobe, I wish I could find more black dresses made out of cool fabrics and in a structured yet not constrictive fit.
|Mara Hoffman "Ingrid" hemp dress.|
So, I'll be bringing the black Mara Hoffman dress and two pairs of shoes, but what about a light rain jacket? Many of you suggested just such an item and fortunately I have the perfect one.
|Saint James raincoat.|
Two pairs of shoes: boat shoes and espadrilles.
|Saint James raincoat in ivory.|
|Saint James stripey shirt.|
|Horses Atelier skirt.|
Saint James stripey shirt and raincoat.
Black boat shoes.
|Horses Atelier dark red linen blouse.|
I like both Kayu bags with the dark red colour, and while I will use the black one when wearing the boat shoes, the smaller red bag will be handy to wear out for dinner, paired with the skirt, the linen blouse and the espadrilles.
I don't mind wearing outfits on repeat while on holiday, and I always remind myself that if something is soiled I can send it out to be cleaned. Most hotels we've been to offer a same day or one day dry-cleaning service.
|Straw hat from JCrew.|
Saint James stripey shirt.
Black boat shoes from Kiel James Patrick.
So there you have it, a sensible (for me) travel colour story featuring a minimal amount of items. How do you like this one?
Hope you have a really lovely Sunday.