Hello there, my fashionable friends!
We at Style Savvy have found two new silhouettes to obsess over. Well, they’re not NEW, they just haven’t gotten too much play yet. I’ve put several clients in these pieces and we all love them. What can it be you ask? Your closet needs belted jackets and kitten-heel, pointy toed pumps!
I started wearing belted jackets last spring and loved the way they emphasized my waist and downplayed my tummy. Well, who wouldn’t? I first started seeing them in long line jackets that came down to mid-thigh and were perfect for the gorgeous weather in spring and fall.
Now there’s absolutely nothing new about belted coats - trenchcoats have been around since they were adopted by the military during World War 1. What made these belted jackets new was how short they were. First midi length, then knee length, then car coat length (mid-thigh) and now hip length, they create a waistline where there isn’t one (me! Me!) and enhance them you lucky people that actually have one!
This fall I’ve been watching the evolution of the belted jacket go further. Because the eye will always be drawn to wherever there’s a line, the belt creates a division between upper and lower body which helps both short waisted and long waisted bodies look more proportional. In addition, shoulder detail enhances narrow frames and wider collars reduce broad shoulders. What’s not to love?
My second piece for fall/winter is the kitten heeled, pointy toed pump. Again, nothing new about kitten heels but, previously we’ve seen them in boots last winter and mules during the summer. For fall/winter we’re seeing them emerge in pumps - in leather, in exotic skins, in neon brights and patent leathers.
The genius of the kitten heeled, pointy toed pump is in its ability to elevate your butt and elongate your legs while still being comfortable enough to walk in. That’s the best part of a stiletto without the downside! I don’t know of any woman who doesn’t want to lift her butt a bit, and very few non-supermodels think their legs are too long!
Another new aspect to this shoe is the low cut vamp. This gives a bit of toe cleavage, which makes your foot look slim. Nice side benefit!
So picture yourself in this outfit..... a T and straight legged jeans, with a belted short jacket and kitten heeled, pointy toed pumps. New? No. But reimagined in a modern look, this is an ensemble that is universally flattering, even though its components have been around for a hundred years. And after all, we must remember that “trend” is today, but “style “ is forever!