When the world goes one way, fashion inevitably starts to go the other. In case you missed the memo, dress is back. With athleisure now fully saturated into both European and American markets, the consumer has started to get bored, and they’re reaching back to their archives for a compromise away from athleisure style. Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere soon. But while athleisure strays away from fashion and moves toward traditional sport brands like Nike, Puma and Adidas – 2019 summer fashion trends are leaning towards the ultimate return of the feminine evolution – heels.
Don’t worry ladies, we know you got used to the comfort of sneaker styles and flat-bed sandals. So let’s start simple. Kitten heels fill the largest category of the return of heels for spring and summer 2019, while only the bravest are bringing back the pumps and stiletto heels. Minimal feminine silhouettes mark the evolution of the trend, replacing gaudy platforms of years past. Simplicity is key with a faint 90’s vintage flair. To illustrate the movement for you, I reached out to Australian brand Jo Mercer to show you three ways to wear heels this summer.
Jo Mercer shoes review
First, a bit about the brand. I worked with Jo Mercer for the first time just a few weeks back, on a brief, single-post campaign. They were kind enough to send a couple of pairs of shoes for me to try out at that time, and I so fell in love with the brand – they were the first I contacted for this spring and summer footwear trend edition. Why? The Aussie fashion scene is well marked for being leaders of the modern, minimalist fashion movement. Jo Mercer’s summer collection was just what I was looking for to exemplify the trend of minimal, feminine, low-heel shoes that we’ve started to see everywhere.
Their quality is also exceptional. They focus on luxury fashion that fits into the niche of what day in my dreams represents, from a minimalist lifestyle approach of less is more – focusing on quality essential items. Their collections are designed with premium genuine leathers and engineered both for quite luxury and comfort. Note to understand my full support of the brand, they have not paid me for the post, only provided my selection of footwear to pair with these luxury summer outfits.
“Our shoes are engineered for real life. A Jo Mercer shoe has to meet a certain standard to be included in the range; the leather must be of fine quality, the heel balanced and the fit unparalleled. Trends inform our designs, fashion influences our collection whilst our customers defines the range. To create what you desire, without compromise, is our aim.” – Jo Mercer
To illustrate three ways to wear heels this summer, I’ve selected three different styles from their collection, to give you a range of luxury, minimalist outfit ideas. Featured below are the Phoenix high sandal heel, Amore high heel mule sandal, and the Leah mules in beige snake print. More details on each in the outfits outlined below.
High heel sandals: The luxury of minimalist comfort in Levi jeans and a boxy tee
The first look features Jo Mercer’s Phoenix high sandal in white leather paired with an oversized t-shirt and classic Levi blue jeans. Levi’s are the minimalist fashion enthusiast’s go-to for casual style, and this summer will be no exception. The boxy tee is a new interpretation of modern boho style, and creates a look that’s ultra relaxed. Heels are great for this look, as they keep your casual wardrobe items from looking sloppy. A heeled sandal is the perfect feminine touch. This minimal silhouette features 3 straps with a wood-look 9.5cm heel, giving a great boost in height. I wore this look throughout the day, including for the shoot, errands, a bit of shopping and dinner late that night – happy to say they were comfortable until day’s end.
This is an outfit you’ll probably see me in Monday – Friday, because there’s really nothing more comfortable and practical for running my life on the go. Time and comfort are luxuries everyone can afford, and this is one way I splurge on myself.
Kitten heels: Day to night with black skinny jeans
The next look is also casual, but slightly more sophisticated with a skinny crop black jean from Parker Smith, and a fitted white tank paired with high to mid-heel sandals. This is a great everyday look that can take you from errands to cocktails with a release of the bun. With a mostly monochrome, luxury fashion blog – black and white dominate my wardrobe. A subtle hint of nude is a refreshing way to keep the look modern and bright. The shoes are Jo Mercer’s Amore high heel mule sandal in ivory leather. Also featuring thin, feminine straps, it’s an ideal match to dress-up casual styles, or to pair with summer sophisticates. Kitten heels are a big 2019 summer fashion trend, and these are just the right height for that effortless luxury look.
This crossbody has also become a new staple. Purchased from Shopbop, this Marc Jacobs bag is convertible, with two straps that make it either a crossbody or a belted bag. I’ve worn it both ways, and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen it plenty already. The jeans are also a major call-out. Parker Smith has long been a standing favorite of mine for denim brands. Offering the right amount of stretch and fray hems, they find their way into my attire on a weekly basis.
Snake print mules: You don’t own me t-shirt dress and biker jacket
Last but not least, I couldn’t share an update on 2019 heel trends without talking about the mule. Mules have come and gone, and to every woman’s delight, they’re back in for the season. Mules are a truly effortless luxury, with an open back that lets you slide in on the go. This pair of Leah mules from Jo Mercer is an exceptional specimen, crafted in a snake-print leather. The heel height is 11cm, giving you an incredible boost while maintaining a comfortable feel. Animal prints including leopard print, tiger and snake print are a mega material trend that started this past fall / winter and carried over into the new season. This style is versatile, and a great transitional piece you can wear all year round.
While you can wear mules with everyday jean or casual denim looks, I prefer to wear them cocktail stile to balance the full coverage of the shoe itself. Showing a bit of leg, I’ve paired them with a t-shirt dress and my most worn leather jacket from All Saints. A t-shirt dress may not be the first thing you think of when I say “cocktail attire”, but alas the world has gone casual, and I’m happy to go with it. Just because you’re wearing heels doesn’t mean you need to be in a gown. These three looks are all casual luxury styles that you can wear everyday, while still sporting some of your favorite comfort pieces. With a capsule wardrobe and a few core essentials, casuals do become our office wear, evening wear and everything in between.
More on 2019 fashion trends and the return of heels
I spoke with marketing guru, Elle regarding the 2019 fashion trends and the return of heels. As a leader in the luxury fashion community, it was insightful to have her perspective on the shift from total athleisure to a balance of true sport and feminine heel styles.
Her statement: “The culture of footwear is shifting, and the sneaker trend has become less of a trend and more of a staple. Women have the right to wear whatever they want and having worn imbalanced, awkward and ill-fitting stilettos before, the restriction that comes with this footwear is all too familiar.
The return of the heel will be introduced on Women’s terms. Therefore I predict that the importance of wear-ability will become paramount. Fit, construction and materials will become the definition of luxury, not the height and circumference of the heel. These are the shoes designed for real-life” – Elle Bugge, Marketing at Jo Mercer
What are you thoughts on the return of heels into spring and summer fashion trends for 2019? I’ve put together so many different summer looks with these three pieces, and can’t wait to continue wearing them throughout the summer as versatile key pieces. If you’ve started making investments on key luxury essential items for your capsule wardrobe, be sure to check out Jo Mercer and their collection of minimalist luxury fashion essentials from low to mid heels, sandals, flats and sneakers.