Fashion Trends

The Big Flop.

By: Jen Shoop

First, lemme admit a personal flop.  Many of you subscribe to receive email alerts every time a new Magpie post goes live (and if you don’t yet, you can do that here).  Last weekend, in my efforts to continue to improve the look + feel of this blog (I’ve heard from many of you that you approve of the new design — thankyouuuuu), I migrated my mailing list from one service provider to another.  And in the process, some things went haywire, and most of my subscribers did not receive email alerts on new posts all week long.  Womp womp.  I’m so sorry about this!  And, if for any reason, you are receiving alerts and do not want to, just let me know ([email protected]) and I will unsubscribe you!  (P.S. For the record, I do not like MailChimp.  If any of you pretty ladies need to consider an email service, feel free to email me for my thoughts on this.)


Onto happy things:

My absolute favorite detail from Fashion Week–which just wrapped up last week–hailed from Tory Burch: the big, floppy velvet bow on the statement mules in the look below makes me DIE.  I love love love.  I also love the big earrings, the bow in her hair, the sumptuous florals, and the oversized monogram…but that floppy bow!

The Fashion Magpie Tory Burch 2017 Runway

…and a close up:

The Fashion Magpie Tory Burch Floral Bow Mules

AND, literally just TWO days ago, Moda Operandi made a select set available for pre-order ($600) and I’M DYING.  I need these.  Even that epic sculptural heel!  EEEP!  It’s heart-breaking that they won’t ship until fall :/  I am *thisclose* to ordering…

The Fashion Magpie Tory Burch Clara Floral Bow Pump 1 The Fashion Magpie Tory Burch Clara Floral Bow Pump 2


I’m realizing, though, that I’ve been drawn to bow-topped footwear (preferably mules) for some time now, as might be evident from pick no.2 in this roundup, or the denim mules I showcased when I talked about the frayed denim microtrend.  Below, my favorite picks for getting that big floppy bow look, many of which I’ve featured in other posts already:

+These Prada slides ($650) will haunt me forever.  I’m beginning to think about my next statement shoe investment (my last was the Gucci Princetown mule) and these are in the running.

+OMG, these striped No. 21 mules ($569).  SO amazing.  So, so, so amazing.

+These leather bow-topped slides ($99) would go with everything in my summer wardrobe.

+These bow-topped pointed toe flats ($118) are TRES chic, and office-appropriate to boot.

+Not a bow, but the floral situation on these Sophia Webster slides ($295) is right up my alley and squarely in the zone with this microtrend.

+Love love love these $100 denim frayed slides.

+Also available in a cool textiled version (also $100).

The Fashion Magpie Prada Bow Mule

The Fashion Magpie No 21 Striped Mule

The Fashion Magpie Kaanas Bow Slides


The Fashion Magpie Bow Flat Ann Taylor

The Fashion Magpie Sophia Webster Pink Floral Slide

The Fashion Magpie Denim Sam Edelman Bow Espadrilles

The Fashion Magpie Sam Edelman Lynda Slides

Of course, those Sam Edelmans are deeply reminiscent of my latest obsession, the Brother Vellies Burkina ($285).

the fashion magpie brother vellies burkina slides 1 the fashion magpie brother vellies burkina slides 1

P.S. — You can get the look for $34 with these ASOS beauts!

+I also love these Valentinos ($495)…

+…and these Kate Spades nail the look, too ($98).

The Fashion Magpie Valentino Slides

The Fashion Magpie Kate Spade Bow Slide

But these from new-to-me line Trademark ($680) are seriously fashion-forward.  (And the gingham!!!)  And, remember when I flipped my lid over the Parisian footwear line Chatelles?  They also have a great pair of big floppy bow flats in exquisite velvet here.

The Fashion Magpie Trademark Bow Flat

And, nearly sold out in all sizes (wahhhh), but these Jeffrey Campbell heels have stolen my heart ($180) with that statement bow:

The Fashion Magpie Jeffrey Campbell Grandame Heel

If you really want to kick things up a notch, join the fleet of well-heeled street style stars in wearing the heeled version of the No. 21 mules above ($570 for bronze pair; $615 for striped pair).

The Fashion Magpie No 21 Bow Mules

The Fashion Magpie No 21 Satin Bow Mules

The Fashion Magpie No 21 Bow Mules

The Fashion Magpie No 21 Satin Mule Bronze The Fashion Magpie Striped No 21 Mule

And, to bring things full circle and come back to those stunning bows the models wore in their hair on the TB runway…

The Fashion Magpie Tory Burch Bow 1 The Fashion Magpie Tory Burch Bow 2

Get the look yourself with an oversized bow headband in navy or black ($24) or one of these velvet bows ($14).  Or this oversized satin style ($25). The Fashion Magpie Bow Headband 1 The Fashion Magpie Hair Bow Headband

The Fashion Magpie Velvet Hair Bow Pink The Fashion Magpie Velvet Hair Bow

P.S.  More new goodies in {Le Shop}.

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9 thoughts on “The Big Flop.

  1. Would love your thoughts on the Gucci princetowns…tried on yesterday and almost pulled the trigger. Then saw them on your insta and wished I’d bought them! Are they comfortable, wearing well etc.?

    1. I loveeee them! Especially meaningful to me at the end of pregnancy — no need to bend over and tie anything, ha! I will say that the first wear or two, they pinched the top of my foot a little bit but the leather quickly softens (it’s beautifully made) and they look great dozens of wears in. They run true to size. So comfortable! Also, wasn’t sure if they would fly off my foot, but they are super easy to wear. Buy them!! Xx

  2. Ugh, those Jeffrey Campbell pumps are TDF. I am actually obsessed with this trend, but have so far been stuck on how to apply it to my wardrobe. So I am loving these tips, thank you!!

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