How to rock flats this holiday season!

How to rock flats for the holidays!

Comfort and Glamour need not be mutually exclusive when it comes to shoes. We have all seen iconic images of Audrey Hepburn rocking flats but Natalie Portman, Emily Watson and Anne Hathaway all rock flats on the red carpet. Anne Hathaway is the queen of wearing flats on the red carpet and does it all the time, which caused a huge controversy in Cannes when they decided it were not appropriate and banned them.Fortunately they are not banned this holiday season from all your fun, fabulous, events.

 

There were a lot of comments on my last post about heels, where women said it is hard for them to wear them,they prefer flats but it sometimes makes them feel “dumpy”.By following these five simple things, you can rock flats this holiday and never miss putting on a pair of heels.

Always remember when you are confident,comfortable and cute is when you have the most fun.

1. Find the shoe that flatters your body.

There are two kinds of flats out there for holiday right now.

Beneath the ankle flats such as loafers,ballet flats,mules and sandals.

Above the ankle flats such as low boots, cage flats and booties

Beneath the ankle flats are certainly those that work the best.By revealing the ankle, they show the full length of the leg without “cutting” it. They are the best choice to elongate your figure and are most flattering to all body types. The best way to wear them is always show your ankle which is a sexy body part on all women.So flash some ankle.

Above the ankle flats tend to reduce the length of the leg a bit. So they are great if you are taller 5 feet 5 inches or have long legs.If you have shorter or wider legs, and want to wear an above the ankle flat make sure you balance it with your outfit.

2. Choose styles carefully when shopping.

Pointy toe flats work best with wide leg pants while round toe ballet flats work best with ankle length pant styles that show a little skin. Open toe flats look good with skinny pants and short skirts. Always wear a closed toe flat with a long skirt. When wearing flats with a short dress or skirt make sure they show some toe cleavage. (Yes that is a thing) which is very sexy and elongates your leg. Only wear loafers with a pant. So think about what you are going to wear your flats with when you are buying them.

3. Make sure your flats are stylish, Bright colors, lux fabrics and textures to add some flair to your look. Embrace a fun print or embellished flats. Bedazzled flats look great with cocktail dresses. Velvet, Lace and Metallic flats are big this season. Victorian details like ruffles, buckles and bows are all the rage as well.Stay away from very basic flats if you are wearing them to an event.

4. Choose quality. Sure you can snag a pair flats at a discount store for $9.99. In the case of shoes, you get what you pay for and if you are planning to wear them to events and not just around the house invest in high quality flats. The material and construction are very important. You want these to last more than a couple of wears or seasons.This is very important.

5Make sure your outfit and your flats are in harmony.

Rocking a dress or with your flats? Choose a shorter skirt or dress that falls away from your hips and hits you right above the knee to avoid looking stumpy. You could also cheat a little and rock a kitten heel or sliver of a wedge to give you a little boost.Nude flats will really elongate your legs.

Rocking a pant with your flats? Make sure if you are wearing narrow pants they end above you ankle when wearing them with ballet flats or sandals. When wearing it with an above the ankles flat like a bootie make sure you tuck pant in.When wearing it with a wide leg pant make sure the back of your pant is ¼” above the back of your shoe. Wide leg pants look good with simple pointy toe flats.

Make sure your pants do not drag on the floor. When you buy pants decide if you are going to wear them with heels or flats and hem them accordingly.

Here are some great LBD flat combinations.

 

Here are some great pant and flats combinations.

 

You can rock heels this holiday season!

With the holiday season approaching,even the most practical fashionista seeks to abandon comfort for drama upon spying the perfect pair of sky-high stilettos.Holiday parties and heels just go hand in hand.There is something to be said about wearing heels with a great dress.You feel tall and sexy,your booty pops and the dress fits better.(FYI-most dresses are fit on the model while she is wearing a pair of heels) Aching feet inevitable?

Here are some strategies to pull this off in relative comfort.

First…The Fit

Having properly fitting shoes is critical,go shoe shopping at the end of the day,your feet swell so if you shop first thing in the morning you may not get the right fit.Have your feet measured specially the width.Your feet change just like the rest of you.TIPOpen toe shoes give you more wiggle room.

Next…Heel Height

Finding the right heel height is equally important,the pitch of your foot in heels has a lot to do with comfort.Not sure what the right heel height is for you?

Here are two things you can do in the shoe store that will help you make the right decision

1.Stand in your shoes on a hard floor with your knees straight.Raise yourself 1″on your toes;if you can do this comfortably,the shoes are the right height.Start at this height and you can slowly work your way up from there.Kitten Heels are a big trend this season.Block heels are a great starting point as well.

2.Take 10-12 steps in the shoes at your normal walking speed if you wobble the heels are two high. TIP -Opt for a shoe with a platform this will give you the height you want and minimize the pitch at the same time.

Then…Make it your own shoe

Did you know that numerous products exist to customize the fit of your shoes?You can add arch support,cushioning,support the ball of your foot and prevent rubbing at the back of your heel.Most drug stores and beauty supply stores carry these products.TIP-Focus on the areas that are painful at the end of the day.

Here are some products that can help with problem areas

Stretch

A lot of problems occur because you store your heels in a box.Leather contracts when it dries make the shoes tighter when you put them on.Use a device to stretch your shoes.For specially stubborn shoes,keep a stretcher in them so they are always ready.Moisturize your shoes and store them in breathable shoe bags.Did you know the Queen of England has a lady in waiting to break in all her shoes you do not have that privilege but you can always bribe a friend to help.TIP-Treat your most worn shoes to shoe trees,that way they will always be ready for you

Conditioning…Really!

Do Yoga before you put on your heels. Stretch your hamstrings and calves,do leg lifts and ankle turns you will be surprised on how much this helps.Barre and Pilates are best for high heel wearers.Yes, wearing high heels is a sport just like any other so train and warm up.

Strut your stuff…Properly

Be sure to walk correctly in you heels:

1.Walk heel-toe,heel-toe with you head high and shoulders back ,elongate your spine.

2.Take smaller steps if you are bending your knees your steps are too long.Practice turning in your heels using your toes it is more of a pivot.

3.Take breaks,do your best to sit down every 20 minutes or so for at least 7 to 10 minutes.A lot of shoes look great when you sit down as well.TIP-Do not take off your shoes,your feet can swell and make it difficult to put back on.Keep a pair of flats handy to slip on after the event for walking back to your car.

When you get home…Pamper your feet

Thank your feet for supporting you.Soak them in warm water,dry them with a fluffy towel and massage them with a good foot cream.

If you are shopping for heels this season here are the big trends!

Yes it is the trend right now to match your bags and shoes