red stilettos with jeans and trench

All About the Shoes

red high heels with blue jeans and trenchcoat

bright red stiletto heeled shoes

trenchcoat and jeans

On the steps at Hopetoun House

red high heel shoes with blue jeans

Last week I gave you 4 easy ways to elevate any outfit (Er, place don’t hate me for using the word “elevate” here, like the basic blogger I am…), and this week I’d like to add two more:

Red shoes

In my last post on this subject, I talked about how high heels have the magical ability to make any outfit look that little bit more special, but you know what’s even better than high heels? RED high heels. Or, actually, ANY kind of red shoe, really: I’m wearing stilettos here, obviously, but this outfit would have worked just as well with red flats, and I generally find that, if I’m having myself a bit of a ‘meh’ day, outfit wise, red shoes are often the answer to it: I just love the way the colour pops against jeans (or dresses, or trousers, or whatever it is you’re wearing), and while there are some colour combos I avoid, red is a lot more versatile than you might think, which is one more reason to love it.

These shoes are by Steve Madden at House of Fraser, and I’ve already planned another 6,765 outfits around them*, so don’t say I didn’t warn you…

(*Slight exaggeration. Only slight, though.)

Which brings me to my second item:

A slogan sweater

red and white 'Adore' slogan sweater

Adore sweater

jeans, slogan sweater and high heels

So, I am obsessed with slogan sweaters right now. OBSESSED. Honestly, I don’t even care what they say at this point: obviously some random French phrase would be the ultimate slogan sweater achievement, but ‘Adore’ works just fine for me too – although, honestly, this sweater could probably have said, “Hi, I’m Amber, and I’ll wear anything with a slogan on it,” and I’d STILL have wanted it, so, yeah, I’m possibly not the best judge of slogans, really.

Still, I do love them, and for the same reason I love red shoes, classic trenchcoats and great accessories: because they have the power to make a basic “jeans and sweater” outfit just a tiny bit more interesting – and given that jeans and sweaters are pretty much all I ever wear right now, I need all the help I can get in that department.

Oh, and speaking of classic trench coats, I have a new one of those, too: In front of Hopetoun House, Scotland

Hopetoun House, Scotland

This one’s by Oasis at House of Fraser, and yes, I know it might LOOK a lot like all of the other trench coats I’ve shown you, but it’s actually totally different. No, really, it is! See, my other beige trenchcoat is a waterproof one, so, as much as I love it, and wear the hell out of it, I’ve always been just a little bit frustrated by the fact that it doesn’t really drape all that well. I spotted this one a couple of weeks ago while I was out shopping with Max, though, and I’ve been obsessing about it ever since, so I’d like to thank House of Fraser for making my beige trench coat dreams come true.

And seriously: it IS a TOTALLY different shade of beige from my last one, I swear…

This post is sponsored by House of Fraser.

I’m wearing:

Steve Madden shoes

Oasis trench, jeans and shirt

Mint Velvet sweater

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  • Totally different shade of beige, I can see it!

    April 25, 2018
  • Hana


    Off to buy slogan sweaters in 3, 2, 1…

    April 25, 2018
  • Mili


    Hi Amber, I absolutely agree with the fact that red shoes can instantly jazz up any outfit, and I have a favourite pair of red ankle boots of my own that totally bring my mood up! If it’s not too much to ask, can you tell me where were these photos taken? I love the location and would love to shoot there one day (I live in Edinburgh, so I assume it’s somewhere in the area)!

    xx Mili

    April 25, 2018
  • Ginger


    I love red shoes! I’m wearing red and white 1930s repro ones right now. You’re right, they definitely elevate an outfit immediately. And that’s a terrific trench coat. It’s different from the other, so why not?

    April 25, 2018
  • Ah red is so awesome! Shoes, lips, belt, bag! All of these go so well to make a statement
    Debs @

    April 25, 2018
  • Annie


    WOW, I love this outfit so much, the pictures are AMAZING, well styled 🙂

    April 25, 2018
  • That’s one of my life mottos: If in doubt, wear red shoes.

    (The other one is: Life’s too short for handwashing.)


    April 25, 2018
  • Gorgeous shoes! I love the sides on those.

    April 25, 2018
  • I stop by to ‘read’ your posts – love your writing – but I admit too I love to ‘see’ your posts as well. These pictures are great! And you’ve once again made a very basic outfit so inspiring. Beautiful!!

    April 27, 2018
  • Emmy


    I have become too clumsy to wear high heels, i just sweat in fear and agony (only a slight exaggeration) when i try to walk with them on the gobbled streets we have here, but this post made me miss my read flat shoes! I had a pair that was so cute but i had to throw it out because i had worn them to death. I think i might have to find another pair 😀

    May 3, 2018
  • Jeff


    Totally agree with your thoughts about these shoes. On you. You can pull off this look, although not everyone can. Jeans and red heels rock.

    May 5, 2018