Sole Salvation!

Are you tired of towering heels?  Sick of stilettos?  Are your arches aching?  Well, good news, my sartorial sisters!  The newest look gives your soles a second to sigh and your toes some tolerance.  In other words, springs hottest shoe look is a low heel that is as different from the spikes of yesteryear as a fish is from a bicycle!!!!!

 Attica - Vanessa Studded Ankle-Wrap Flat Sandal

Attica - Vanessa Studded Ankle-Wrap Flat Sandal


The newest, hottest look in shoes this season ranges from a modern take on the ballet flat to a kitten to a blocky one inch heel.  They have one thing in common; they are far removed from the elegant, ladylike 3-4 inch delicate heel that's defined the last few seasons.  These new shoes are detailed with mirrors on the heel, straps on the ankle, embellishment on the toe and buckles on the instep......looks that demand to be shown off by cuffed jeans and mid-calf hems.  These shoes are statements in themselves; they don't complete an outfit, they are it's foundation.

 

 Céline - Bam Bam Pump

Céline - Bam Bam Pump

 Miu Miu - Leather Belted Ballerina Flat

Miu Miu - Leather Belted Ballerina Flat

 Charlotte Olympia - Kitty Flats

Charlotte Olympia - Kitty Flats

And color!  White with that mirror detail, as seen at Celine, Coke can red straps on those ankles from Attico, kitty cat faced embellishment in the toes at Charlotte Olympia and black buckled straps covering the instep the way Miu Miu displayed them.  The sky is virtually the limit on color , to say nothing of the combos shown on sneakers like at Golden Goose.  This is truly a season to say "I want to be comfortable and different from everyone else and I want to show it off!"

 

 Golden Goose - Francy Leopard Sneakers

Golden Goose - Francy Leopard Sneakers

 Golden Goose - Superstar Wild Sneakers

Golden Goose - Superstar Wild Sneakers

 Golden Goose - Slide Star Sneakers

Golden Goose - Slide Star Sneakers

 Golden Goose - Superstar Glitter Sneakers

Golden Goose - Superstar Glitter Sneakers

This trend harkens back to the styles of the '70s, when anything was possible and the more "out there" you were the more "in" you were.  It's a backlash at the ladylike heels of previous years and shows that everything old is new again.  Color is the new neutral, pants and skirts are hemmed to show off footwear and comfort is key.  Kicks, slides, mules, ballet flats, clogs-if its low and stands out, it says "it" today, as it did in the '20s, '70s and now the 'teens.  What does it mean?  The more things change, the more they remain the same.  So enjoy the color, comfort and cool-and remember that "trend is today but style is forever'"

Leggings - They Never Went Away - Yay!

Well, favorite readers, Thanksgiving is over and even my leftovers are finished!  Hope yours are too, because Christmas cookies are about to make an appearance and the fudge, prime rib, goose and cakes are right behind!  So how do we get through the Christmas party season stylishly but with some degree of comfort?  The answer is one hyper-trendy but totally stylish word-LEGGINGS!

 Free People Chenille Leggings

Free People Chenille Leggings

Yes, I know.  You thought leggings were gone, never to return.  But I gotta tell ya, leggings are very much "in" now and they are everywhere!  The difference between then and now?  The old style had you wearing black leggings with a patterned sweater.  On trend now?  Patterned leggings with a solid sweater or tunic.  And these patterns are IDEAL for holiday parties, because they are being shown in metallics, animal prints and bold color combos sure to make you feel, and look, festive!  

 Free People Byzantine Sweater Leggings

Free People Byzantine Sweater Leggings

Leggings go perfectly with today's ankle boots but for fun, try them with your over-the-knee boots!  Keep the sweater simple and go for the gusto of big hoops or statement earrings.  Looking fab AND wearing an elasticized waist?  It doesn't get any more comfortable or fun!  So wow your party pals with your great outfit, all the while knowing that you have "room" to indulge!  And remember......"trend is today, but style is forever"!!!!

 Spanx Faux Leather Leggings at Nordstrom

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings at Nordstrom

 Metallic Print Leggings

Metallic Print Leggings

 Chictopia Suede Leggings

Chictopia Suede Leggings

 Zara Metallic Leggings

Zara Metallic Leggings

Trend Alert - Cropped Flared Jeans. Do We Dare Flare?

There was a new trend coming down the runways this spring-cropped flared jeans and pants.  You've seen the look.....regular flared jeans that stop about four inches above the ankle.  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, your stylist has two words for this trend-DON'T BOTHER!

 M.i.h Jeans  Lou Cropped Flare Jeans

M.i.h Jeans
Lou Cropped Flare Jeans

To use a highly technical term, this trend is just dorky.  Even on supermodels this one looks WRONG.  The pants start to flare around the middle of the calf and no shoe can make them look like anything but high-waters.  Most women just look like they're wearing their daughter's ( their 5 inches shorter daughter's) jeans.  At best they look awkward; at worst, dumpy and ridiculous.  They violate every fashion mantra I've ever HEARD, much less used.......they make you look short, clumsy and poorly fitted, and oddly like a little Vietnamese refugee.  ( Are ya getting the idea?  I don't like them !)
 

crop-flare-jeans-sampling


Hopefully this is a trend that will come and go sooner than a Dairy Queen milkshake, but it perfectly illustrates my point when I paraphrase Mlle. Coco Chanel, saying "'Trend' is today, but 'style' is forever"!!!!