Shoes are a way of expressing your personal style through your footwear. When you’re down, buying shoes is an instant mood lifter. [At least, for me it is.] And when you’re happy? Well why not buy a pair of shoes to celebrate 🙂
Here’s 9 tips to help add that shoe to your chic collection.
1. Don’t Be Hobbled by Discomfort. Even if you love a pair, if you can’t walk in them, don’t buy them. Limping around in heels is decidedly ungraceful. And who wants those blisters at the end of the day?
2. Dare to Wear Brights Black and denim aren’t the only colors to pair with brights. Try electric colors to amp up a white or khaki.
3. Wear What’s Appropriate Open-toe sandals? Maybe not the way to go when trying for a professional business look. And flats are probably too casual for that little black cocktail dress. Refrain from sneakers, unless you’re at the gym or wearing sweats. But when in doubt, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic black pump.
4. Going Outdoors? Say No to Stilettos It will be difficult to walk when your heels keep sinking into the ground, and, on top of it, you’ll ruin your shoes. Flats are fine, but if you want height, wedges are the ideal option.
5. Make a Statement A spindly stiletto sandal is all about looking sexy, while a bow-emblazoned kitten heel veers more toward cute. Know what look you’re going for, and go full out.
6. Va-va-voom Shoes Have Their Place Nighttime is the right time for attention-getting shoes. If you still want to wear a knock-’em-dead look during the day, choose a closed-toe or peep-toe pump.
7. Pair Sky-High Shoes with Tame Hemlines When going for major air, keep your hemlines at an inch above the knee. But when wearing a short skirt or dress, wear a lower heel or flat — it will balance you out and keep you from showing altogether too much leg or making you look too, too tall.
8. Wear Flats with Properly Hemmed Clothes Make sure your clothing is tailored, or you’ll risk looking sloppy. Trousers should be at or above your ankle, and skirts or dresses should be just above the knee.
9. Think About Balance (And I’m not referring to when you walk.) A thicker-heeled shoe gives balance to that heavily layered look, when something dainty could look off balance. The reverse also holds true. When wearing a flowy top, a thin-strapped sandal is an appropriate match.
So there you have it! 9 chic shoe rules, with a little fashion sense mixed in.