Tamu McPherson Makes the Case for a Week of Flat Shoes

One good way to tell Monday to go to hell: gather fruits and vegetables and say, “Go to hell!” Or at least that’s what Tamu McPherson, exceptional street style photographer and simultaneous bait recommends. Without saying it, she also suggests that a week worth living is one spent in flats — that a bomber is only as good as the skirt with which you wear it and perhaps most acutely, that in order to fall into your, let’s call it, “style groove,” you don’t have to favor pants over shorts, sneakers or sandals, separates over dresses — you can love them all and wear them all and still look so very distinctly, “you.”


Bringing in our weekly fruit and veggie delivery in an Equipment shirt, MIH Jeans, and Birkenstocks. This is my essential Monday look, when I lock myself in my office and tell Monday to go to hell!


Outside the Scala, on my way to a meeting. I’m a big fan of trousers with a twist — literally, in the case of these ones by J.W. Anderson. They are my go-to for days… I update the outfit with a tuxedo shirt when the sun goes down. But during the day I stick to a white tee, flats like Birkenstocks, Acne Studios sunnies, and a favorite Paula Cademartori bag.


Heading out for a work aperitivo. I love to mix-n-match prints, and this Sacai Luck jacket and Ellery skirt spoke to me as I browsed my closet before getting dressed. Birkenstock trainers keep the look sporty as I never know how late the evening will go. Usually our aperitivos transition to dinner and sometimes long walks home (with my designated party mate Viviana Volpicella who live in my neighborhood). I’m having a moment with my Hermès bag, an old treasure that I bring out every so often.


On my way to CA&LOU dinner. I love Isa Arfen’s line and fell for this dress when I stopped by her presentation. I’m fully enjoying it paired with a Paula Cademartori mini-handbag, CA&LOU earrings and Tibi mules.


Meeting a friend for lunch in four of my favorite Spring/Summer 2015 pieces: Stella McCartney top, Zara ribbed trousers, Prada clogs, Hermès bag. Living in these pieces and clocking in some real outfit mileage!


On my way to my son’s school play. He nailed his lines! So proud!

Acne Studios bomber jacket, COS t-shirt, Céline sunglasses and accordion skirt, Hermès bag and Birkenstock white trainers.

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  • ooo the epitome of chill in super italics

  • Love her laid back feel

  • Jen

    Wait wait wait.
    Birkenstock does TRAINERS?

  • Allie Fasanella

    love her style. especially Friday and that accordion skirt on Saturday. what a street killlaaaa

  • Ummmm, Tamu, you’re stealing my heart! So many good looks. I think the mini-garden in look one is also a great addition.

  • Leandra Medine

    What an incredibly good point, CHARLOTTE

  • you have the perfect balance of simplicity and laid-backness with exciting twists – beautiful <3

  • Alba B.

    Tamu is such inspiring soul and a strong woman.
    I have always wished to meet her on the park where I go for jogging (in Milan) but I never had the chance to do that, so I have tried to capture this pretty bird by simply illustrating her. I love her sporty/jogging outfits, and her proposals of meal with avocado and dark bread.

    Leandra you know that you are always in my heart and you will never escape that position. I am looking forward that day when I will meet you though.

  • Veggies always make a great accessory. And yes, flats ALL DAY…and week.

  • Lee Talbot

    The first picture I saw of Tamu she was wearing these acid green Miu Miu heels (from the Spring 2011 collection I believe). She looked so vibrant and you could sense how much fun she was having taking pictures. Clearly that image has stuck with me!



  • I am kind of obsessed with her… love her style!