Lace-up flats with shorts might seem like an odd combination, but sometimes even this girl gets tired of sandals! Lace-up flats are a fun trend that work well with everything from shorts to jeans to dresses, and they’re just as appropriate in the summertime as they are during the other three seasons of the year.
These are my new M.Gemi Brezza lace-up ballet flats.
There’s actually a story here . . . I was eyeing up this style all through last fall and winter. The more I saw them, the more I wanted a pair. As far as I know, M.Gemi created the original (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) and it seemed to be the brand to have, but lots of other brands hopped on the bandwagon and created their own versions. I tried quite a few of the knock-offs in the late winter/early spring because I didn’t want to spend a lot on a trendy style that I wasn’t sure I’d wear a lot, but they were all dreadfully uncomfortable so they all went back. I pretty much gave up on finding a pair of lace-up flats.
Fast forward to the RewardStyle Conference in April, and I discovered that M.Gemi was one of the brand sponsors. They had a booth with tons of samples for trying on so I went right for the Brezza lace-up flats, and whoa!!! There is a reason these babies cost $248. They are absolutely gorgeous, hand-crafted in Italy, and incredibly comfortable. I feel like I’m wearing slippers.
I spoke for a while to the brand rep, she gave me a little gift bag, and I moved along to visit the other booths. When I got back to my room, what did I find in that little gift bag but an M.Gemi gift card!?! I didn’t waste any time opening up my laptop and ordering a pair.
To make a long story longer, I impulsively ordered the bright Raspberry color because I’d seen them on another fashion blogger I follow and I thought they were sooo cute with denim. But when they arrived, they seemed awfully loud, and I started having second thoughts. I decided if I was going to spend that much on a pair of shoes, even with a gift card to offset the cost, I wanted something neutral that I could get a lot of wear out of. So . . . I boxed them up and sent them back.
Unfortunately, the latte color that I wanted was on backorder, so I’ve been waiting since April to get my lace-up flats!!!
They finally came a couple of weeks ago, but of course we’re in the dead of summer and suede ballet flats aren’t the first shoes I reach for when I get dressed in the morning, so it took me a while to get around to wearing them. I brought them with me on our vacation last weekend, hoping for a chance, and I ended up putting them with this outfit. (Gotta love a resort that has a Starbucks!)
I should also mention, the customer service at M.Gemi is bar none. My shoes came with a personalized, handwritten note inside the box, and they all come with dust bags to protect them when you’re not wearing them. Shipping is free both ways, and it’s very expedient. I also got a personal email after my return was processed, asking if they could help me select another pair of shoes, and an immediate response when I replied that I was waiting for a specific pair to be restocked.
By the way, if you shop through MY LINK, you get $40 off your order! I absolutely love these shoes, and I’m seriously debating the luggage color for fall.
I always like how lace-up flats look styled with jean shorts, but for this post I wanted to feature my new Old Navy Pixie Chino Shorts in Ashen Lilac. I think the lilac and the latte are so pretty together.
The Old Navy Pixie Chino Shorts have a 3 1/2″ inseam, which is my favorite length for shorts. If you like a longer inseam, their Everyday Twill Shorts have a 5″ inseam. I ordered my regular size 8 in both, and the Pixie Chino Shorts fit perfectly, but the Everyday Twill Shorts were a little large, so if you go for that style, you may want to size down.
On top, I added a classic white t-shirt and a denim vest. The outfit was rather plain with just the t-shirt and shorts, and the denim vest adds a nice point of interest. Of course, if it’s too hot for a vest, the outfit is just fine without it. Just add another accessory like a bold necklace.
For jewelry, I kept it simple. I wore my engravable bar necklace and a pair of hoops and a few Alex and Ani wire charm bangles. I experimented with adding a longer pendant necklace and ditched it, but looking at these pictures, I think I could have used it. Oh, well.
My denim vest is almost sold out, but here is another option, although it is about 2 inches shorter than mine. You may remember that I had the medium, and it was on the larger side, so I exchanged it for a small. I do think the small is the right size because I can button it comfortably if I want to, but the bottom sticks out funny, which is why I’m holding it in most of these pictures, lol. All that to say, I almost wish I’d kept the medium.
My grey crossbody completed the outfit without competing with the muted color palette. The Mini MAC is a Rebecca Minkoff classic, but the colors change frequently. THESE are the current color options, and some are on sale.
I suppose my white saddlebag would have worked too, but I like how this bag compliments the shoes.
What do you think? Would you wear lace-up flats with shorts?
similar white t-shirt (I also like this one but size down) // Old Navy Pixie Chino Shorts // M.Gemi Brezza Lace Up Flats (shop through THIS LINK for $40 off!) // denim vest (another option) // Stella & Dot Engravable Bar Necklace // hoop earrings // wire charm bangles c/o Alex and Ani // Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Crossbody
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today, and come back tomorrow for my next summer outfit!
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