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10th Commandment: August 31

Elected Official

Manolo Blahnik Suede Pointed Toe Pump (Saks, $595)

Hill Staffer

Pour La Victoire Daina Pump (Endless, $250)

Unpaid Intern

Ash Burgundy Suede Platform (Bluefly, $76)

Burgundy pumps are hot for Fall.  One request though, don’t wear them with black.  Ick.  Burgundy and black is a combo that just screams greasy, IT guy from New Jersey.  Double ick.

Instead, wear them with charcoal grey or navy.  And since burgundy tights are definitely not for everyone, wear them with pants.  That’s right, I’m advocating the wearing of pants.


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  1. Ellie says:

    Does this mean in general you wear tights with heels?
    I always thought that looked a little odd and have stuck to heels + bare legs (could see hose here, but I refuse to wear it), or tights + boots.

    August 31, 2011/Reply
  2. Broads of the Beltway says:

    I wouldn't necessarily do burgundy with black tights, but burgundy pumps + a nude blouse + a black skirt would be really cute. I don't think there are any colors I would rule out pairing together – they just need to be offset by the right pieces.

    August 31, 2011/Reply
  3. A. Katherine says:

    I don't understand your no black and burgundy policy. Neiman's and Net-a-Porter don't seem to have any problems with it.


    https://www.net-a-porter.com/product/165161, https://www.net-a-porter.com/product/173089

    August 31, 2011/Reply
  4. Belle says:

    It looks harsh and gothic. Tell me you think this looks good as a color combo:

    I'm not saying it always looks awful, but grey, navy and even chocolate brown are a warmer, more natural look that will be more flattering than the harsh contrasts of black and burgundy.

    August 31, 2011/Reply
  5. AB says:


    PLEASE put together an outfit (or three) with these shoes! I just bought a pair on impulse over the weekend, and thought you would be the perfect person to ask how to wear them. I generally don't have any problems putting together an outfit, but I'm kind of stumped with these. I love them, but help!

    September 1, 2011/Reply