River Island embellished heel platform sandals

River Island embellished heel platform sandals

River Island embellished heel platform sandals, £65

It’s been all about the delicate, strappy sandals lately, so today we’re back to that 70s-inspired look, with a pair of chunky platforms from River Island. Available in rose gold and black, these would be distinctive even without that heavily embellished heel: with it, however, they’re spectacular – and just imagine those heels catching the light when you hit the dancefloor in them! Interestingly, when I was checking out these shoes at the River Island website, I noticed that the sizing starts from a UK 2, which is pretty unusual for a high street brand, and good news for those of you with small feet, who I know often have problem finding shoes that fit. (They still don’t go any higher than a UK 9, though, so maybe not quite as wide as size-range as I’d initially thought, but it’s a start…)

To wear with them, here’s a gold cami dress that’s an almost perfect match:

gold cami dress

This also comes in a plain green version, but if you’re worried about the straps (or about being cold in it!), here’s an equally sparkly number with long sleeves:

gold midi dress

I got really excited when I first saw this dress, because it’s exactly the kind of thing I love: glamorous and dressy, but with long sleeves and a midi-length hem to balance out the tight fit. Unfortunately, though, River Island couldn’t just content themselves with creating an awesome midi dress, and have added cut-outs at the shoulders and the back. I know these kind of details are supposed to make the design edgier, and presumably appeal to people who like that kind of look, but for me they completely ruin it. I realise this makes me sound hopelessly old fashioned, but if it’s cold enough for me to want to cover my arms, I’m probably not going to want to expose my lower back and shoulders: so near, but so far!

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