The Highs and Lows of Footwear
By: Brittany Powell
If you are anything like me, it is a challenge to get dressed. I often think of the episode of friends where everyone is attending a banquet where Ross is being honored and Rachel is in and out of her room with different outfit. She almost has it, then she hits the conundrum of shoes. This has happened to me all too often. I have felt the sting of being near fashion perfection, in my mind, only to be stumped once it came to my feet. There are a few fashion rules of thumb that help guide my steps through the process reasonably quick.
Thanks to Stacy and Clinton of TLC's What Not to Wear, I always remember things don't have to match, they just have to "go". I have brightened many an otherwise drab outfit by adding a splash of color to my feet. Also, I have known to make a hipster outfit more apropos by the smartness of the classic black heel or booty, preferably with a blazer for the finishing touch.
I am short so I also tend to look for a pointed toe shoe when I can. Elongate my otherwise somewhat chunky legs and give my 5"4 frame the illusion of height. A few of my friends and my sister in law have the opposite needs. They seek out rounded toes to help them feel closer to average height, glamazons that they are. To each his own.
The last hurdle, and perhaps the most common and difficult, is the decision to wear heels or flats. The best rule of thumb is above the knee flat, below the knee heel. If the outfit is in a questionable zone of the kneecap consider where the outfit lands when seated.