The only redeeming thing about having a closet populated with similar hues is that my outfits kind of work even when I wear all of my favorite things at once. On the rare occasion when I don’t feel like wearing one of my many sheath dresses, I often elect to wear some variation of the outfit pictured in this post. I may swap the silk trench for a cotton trench, or opt for a pencil skirt instead of the navy pant, but it doesn’t take much to update a simple work outfit like this.
My best—using frequency of wear as a metric—purchase this year has been the Cole Haan Tali Bow Ballet Flats. For how pretty they are, they do not rub, pinch, or constrict my feet. I almost prefer running in them to running in sneakers, a testament to their lightness and comfort.
FIT Sizing is more or less true to size. I typically wear shoes between sizes 6.5 and 7 (Lengthwise I am between a 6 and 6.5; widthwise closer to a 7) and took 6.5C/D (or wide) in this style, The Tali fit great out of the box and got progressively more comfortable with wear, as the elastic around the edge relaxed to conform to the wearer’s feet. It helps that they come in narrow, medium, and wide widths, so if you have a medium arch and feet that are neither extra wide nor extra narrow, you will likely find a size that fits you well in this style.
PRICE The Tali Bow Flat retails for $170, but can be found pretty readily at 25% off in even classic colors. Seasonal colors go on steeper sales, though sizes are typically incomplete.