I was just looking at some of the catalogs that have been arriving and it looks like “sparkle” will once again be the way to go for the Holidays! I love a little Glitz and dressing up – even if I probably will be spending most of the Holidays at home.
My favorite so far? Those little clip-ons for shoes that WHBM is showing this year. Maybe because it reminds me of some of the boot bling Steve and I are so fond of creating? How can you not like a little sparkle on your feet? Makes me think of Cinderella and her wonderful glass slippers!
I vote for a clingy black dress, a pair of sleek black stiletto heels adorned with a touch of rhinestones, surrounded by family, friends and good food and drink – what could be better to welcome in the new year?
I just returned from a wonderful trip to France – and even though its been twenty years since my last visit – French women still have “it”! They look like they spend no time on their makeup or clothes and yet they all look amazing – like they just stepped out of a fashion magazine! How do they do it?
It just looks effortless! Here is what I saw over and over – a black leather jacket, a pair of well fitting jeans or pants, a scarf, and a pair of boots – that’s it! I wore the same thing and I assure you – I did not make the same statement. Its got to be the attitude – I wonder how you get it? My guess is if you have to ask – you don’t have it and probably never will!
For years the most exciting thing about picking out a new pair of boots was the “heel” style – and whether you wanted black, brown and if you were really adventurous – cordovan. That is no longer the case. Now you pick out your next pair of boots by “shaft” length. (The height of the shaft measured from the middle of the arch up the outsole of the boot to the top of the boot shaft in inches. (Definition taken from Zappos measurement guide).
Ankle – boot shaft height is 3″ to 8 3/4″
Mid-Calf – boot shaft height is 9″ to 13 1/2″
Knee-High – Boot shaft height is 13 3/4″to 17 3/4″
Over – the Knee – Boot shaft height is 18″ or higher
This table is taken from Nordstrom’s Measuring Guide. They use a women’s size 8 1/2 to measure their boot shaft heights.
When I was working in Downtown Dallas – my “go to” Shoe was what used to be called a “Stewardess Heel” – a medium heel with a closed toe- the exact style depending on what heel and toe shapes were in style that season – no straps, and always black.
Some seasons it was more comfortable than others – but generally flattering to the calf and acceptable to my company’s dress code policy.
I’ve no complaints – I had a closet full of them – I admit I am a pack rate and hate to throw anything away! But now that I get to work from my home office – I get a little more freedom. So my new, “go to” shoe is actually a bootie – still black – this time suede instead of leather – and extremely comfortable. I can wear it all day and when I take them off – my feet don’t ache – not even my toes! Plus I can wear it with pants of any length, dresses and even my faded old, jeans.
I have a problem when it comes to finding comfortable shoes and boots. I’m pretty average in height and weight – can buy clothes off the rack and really not need much in the way of alterations – except for my footwear!
The only way I can describe my feet are duck like. I have a very wide foot, a high arch and very thin heels – so if I get something that is comfortable on my toes, its too wide for my heel, and if I get something that is comfortable for my arch – the rest of my foot isn’t happy.
I am a weekend jogger, so I have purchased running shoes with special inserts – and they have worked out well. So I decided, I would see what was out there in the way of custom boots and shoes.
My first online search brought me to Shoes of Prey. They are out of Australia but ship international. They offer a free questionnaire to help determine your true shoe size – I generally wear a 7 – 7 1/2 – the results of my questionnaire – I should wear a 6C. How crazy is that?
The sad news? It appears that Shoes of Prey has stopped accepting orders – looking for new funding options. I hope they find it – their style options were okay and their price points were actually affordable – usually under $200 – while most of the custom footwear sites I visited started at about $300 and went up dramatically from there.
I admit, I have a boot obsession – after having to wear black pumps most of my adult life – nothing sounds better to me than slipping into a comfortable pair of boots!
I try to limit myself to one pair of new boots for the spring and summer time and one pair for the fall and winter. So its time to look for my fall/winter pair! I don’t like to decide too quickly or it will make for a long wait before I get to shop again. So I decided to start with an online search to see what was out there this season.
I stopped after my first 2 searches – Nordstrom’s had over 125 pages of boots and DSW had over 30 pages – and no – I did not scroll thru all of those pages to see if they were really all boots!
But I looked thru enough to know that there are a lot more types of boots than when I was young. Here is a sample of what we women now have to choose from:
- Over the knee boots – I would love to try on a pair – but where do you wear them?
- Booties – more styles and colors than I could possibly try on in a weekend shopping trip!
- Cowboy Boots – now who hasn’t wanted to be a cowgirl at one time or another?
- Riding Boots (even though most of us don’t ride and probably never will!)
- Moccasins – they look so soft and comfy – but so far I have not succumbed!
- Classic Black Boots – these have gone from necessary winter accessories to the focal point of your outfit.
- Industrial looking boots – I do remember these from my youth!
- Motorcycle boots – yes I do have a pair – and no I have never sat on a bike!
- Combat Boots – I haven’t really been drawn to this style yet – but you never know!
- Snow boots – no longer worn just in the snow – and some are probably better off getting nowhere near the white stuff!
Where has winter gone? Yes, I know a bunch of you are in the middle of snow and miserable weather – including my partner Julie. But I live in the South and last winter cold weather was almost non-existent, and so far this year, our weather seems just as mild. While I appreciate the mild weather for the most part, I do realize that we need the cold to limit or control some of the insect population. Also, I know retail depends on changes of the seasons to support new clothing sales. I know last year was a disaster for retailers in the South due to both a warm fall and winter. Hot or cold, it seems mother nature has been a little confused on what season to show us.
Post script from Julie: Speak for yourself Steve – Mother Nature knows exactly what she’s doing in my neck of the woods! We did have a mild fall but she is working overtime the last few weeks! My sweaters, heavy socks and boots are getting very good use!
With the seasons changing, its time to move out the summer clothes and move in my winter clothes. I started with my shoes – goodbye sandals and flipflops – hello boots and closed toe shoes!
Its always a good time to look them over and weed out those that are REALLY out of style and probably have seen better days. So in hopes that I might get to replace a pair or two – I’ve been checking into what’s new and what should be in anyone’s closet. Here’s what I found:
The Block Heel – extremely versatile and very comfortable – hallelujah!!!
The Sneaker – another comfy option – wear it with leggings and an over-sized sweater.
The Classic Pump – no longer just for work – wear it with skinny jeans – who knew?
The Pointy Toe Flat – comfort seems to be “in” this year – plus they make your legs look longer! Wear them with tights and a skirt or your boyfriend jeans and a tunic.
The Ankle Boot – My favorite fallback shoe! You can wear them with almost anything!! And yes, I always wear a boot bracelet with them!
OK – the beautiful fall Colorado weather has left us and will be replaced by frigid cold – tomorrow night will be a low of 20 degrees bottoming out at 7 degrees next Wednesday.
So, I was looking for ideas as to how to stay warm but still look stylish. Went to my favorite website for fashion tips – Stitchfix – it advised to brighten up winter by wearing burgundy, cobalt blue or bright fuschia, and mix and match it with neutrals. They say wearing a cherry color may even be a mood lifter.
Another idea was to try a statement scarf – its versatile, practical and very stylish – wear it around your next or wear it over your outer layer – the more casual way you wear it – the better!
Finally – for that outer layer – consider wearing a vest (super warm, less bulky and very chic) or a puffer coat – they are back in style in again! Look for a cinched waist style and pair it with over the knee boots.
Over the knee boots – can you say “Pretty Woman”? Would love to try on a pair – but not sure I have the nerve! But I’ve got 3 long months to get my courage up! In the meantime, I guess I’ll just be wearing my ankle boots.
Post from Julie:
Just got another Stitchfix update – 5 Ways to Wear Plaid and I can’t wait to give them all a try!
- How to wear Plaid every day
- How to wear Plaid like a professional
- How to Wear plaid on the weekend
- How to wear Plaid low-key
- And my favorite – How to wear Plaid like a rebel
I think I can wear my beloved boots with almost any of these looks! Hope you’ll check out their site and enjoy this article as much as I did!!!! I think I am becoming a little “Plaid Obsessed!” Anyone else feeling the Plaid?