Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dr. Marten's Fall / Winter 2011 Preview

Girly. Sophisticated. Stylish. Dr. Marten's.  I never thought I'd string those words together.

In high school, "Docs" were too industrial looking for me, and I'm pretty sure we were banned from wearing anything thick-soled with our catholic school uniforms anyway.

I re-examined Dr. Martens for the first time (after a long time) in 2010 when they came out with all those very cool limited edition styles for their 50th anniversary. It was honestly the first time I ever contemplated buying a pair.  My addiction to uncomfortable high heels got the better of me last year but this season may mark my first Dr. Marten's purchase since the collection revealed some drool worthy boots, including sky high heels. 
Still stuck in my stereotype, I tend to think of Dr. Marten's as being available only in basic black. It was refreshing to see colours including a really versatile dove gray that cried out to be paired with something distressed and prints, particularly all the florals that made a statement either splashed boldly on the outside or hidden sweetly on the inside as a pretty lining. Worn with skinnies and a feminine blouse, these would really toughen up your look.
Braver fashionistas will definitely love the oil slick inspired patent and spotted pony hair styles. They'd look great with minidresses, anything leather or really fashion forward. As much as I loved them, I'm not sure how frequently they'd go through the rotation in my closet but they are so tempting and fun to look at. 

Furthest away from the Dr. Marten's original aesthetic were my faves of the fall line up. The very stylish Zita Collection available in ox blood and black with varying heights from bootie to lace up knee-high. The traditional laces and buckled hardware are definitely signature Dr. Marten's but the shape is much sleeker and the stiletto heel is obviously a huge departure from the standard sole but totally up my alley. These are perfect for work, play and everything in between, no questions asked. I think I'm in love.
Dr. Marten's fall winter collection will make its ways into stores later this month. For the best selection, hit up the flagship store at 391 Queen Street West or shop online. 

- Tamika Auwai is a fashion junkie, splurge-a-holic, and founder of Shop Socials

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