Choosing your work shoes is about more than just your personal style — it’s about picking the kicks that send the right message. You are professional, confident, and ready to conquer the world, and your footwear should show it.
These 10 pairs are the essentials in your work wardrobe: think everything from classic pumps to lust-worthy loafers. It’s every shoe you’ll ever need to succeed at the office. So whether you’re new to the business world or you’re rising through the ranks, read on to see whatdeserves a space in your closet.
Sometimes, an outfit calls for something a little edgier than pumps, and a pair of heeled black booties are just the thing. You can wear them with tights, pants, or bare legs, and they offer a little extra attitude (and comfort) other heels just can’t.
When you’re building up your go-to work shoe collection, having a light beige or brown pump in your arsenal is a must. They elongate your legs and work with any color or pattern you might want to wear.
While some offices may frown on any shoe with an open toe, if it’s office-OK’d, a sleek sandal will come in handy once warm weather arrives. So save your flip-flops for the beach and spend your Summer workdays in something a little more dressed-up.
If you spend a lot of time on the move, stilettos may not always be the most practical option. A sleek pair of kitten heels will keep your feet happy without sacrificing your look.
When it comes to fashion tips, it sometimes seems that everyone and their mother (literally!) has tried-and-true style advice they absolutely swear by. Some are useful, while others … well, not so much. With that in mind, we’ve culled style tips from the best: designers, lifestyle experts and, of course, our staff. Trust us: With these gems, you’ll be well on your way to living your most stylish life.
Despite what it says on the tag, cashmere is best washed by hand. To dry it, use a salad spinner, which releases excess water in seconds.
Use white wine to remove red wine stains.
Wash new jeans twice before taking them to the tailor. Why? Because jeans will always shrink in length when washed.
To stop angora or mohair from shedding, fold the garment and place it into a zip-top bag and freeze it for at least three hours.
Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water.
“Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.” — Jonathan Simkhai, designer
If you get an oil stain on your favorite handbag, coat the mark with baby powder and let it stand overnight. By morning, the stain should be gone. If a bit still remains, repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.
The best at-home method to keep diamonds sparkling: liquid dishwasher detergent and an old toothbrush.
The secret to well-fitting everyday clothes is Lycra. The formulas to look for: 95% cotton/5% Lycra spandex for T-shirts, and at least 2% Lycra for jeans to hold their shape.
Always organize your clothes going light to dark from left to right in your closet. Your eye will follow the color and thus help you stay organized.” — Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Founder, Clos-ette and Clos-ette Too.
Wondering about the quality of your cashmere? Gently stretch the body of the garment to see if it snaps back. A lower-quality cashmere won’t.
If you don’t have time to try on jeans in the store, try the Neck Method: You can determine your size by placing the waistline of the jeans around the diameter of your neck. If the waistline of the pant comfortably meets at back of your neck, then the jeans will fit.”— Sarah Ahmed, Creative Director, DL1961 Premium Denim
Cut down your closet by 25% by asking yourself this one question: “If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?” If the answer’s no, out it goes. — Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Founder, Clos-ette and Clos-ette Too.
“Never put your swimwear in the washing machine, and always hand dry. The machine will damage the suit and it will lose its elasticity. The only exception: At the end of the summer or vacation, wash your swimwear in lingerie washing bags on the gentle cycle with a bit if Drift or Woolite. But only after many wears.” —Shoshanna Gruss, Designer
Discover how to wear clothes that look fabulous on your body figure! This amazing style makeover online program helps you choose the right clothes every time (eeeh, I know, sounds kinda salesy, but really, I mean it!)
Did you know that most of us wear only 20% of the clothes in our closets, only 80% of the time? So this means that the average woman wastes $6000 on clothes that she’ll never (or rarely) wear and repeats this every 3 to 6 years.
A lot of wasted money, I know!
So why do we only wear 20% of our wardrobe?
That’s because we get easily sidetracked by what we see on commercials and magazines and of course, the ever-blazing ‘hottest’ latest fashion trends. We tend to get carried away when we’re in the heat of the shopping moment, which results in selecting the wrong clothes for our body shape.
However, when you learn to accept and work with what you’ve got, you’ll know how to play smarter on the shopping field. You’ll be able to put all of your attention right garments that work for YOU. It’s as if you’re programming your mind to put your blinders on and effortlessly skim through all the noise that are doing nothing but harm to your wallet.
Knowing how to wear clothes that flatter your shape is not necessarily about hiding your flaws, but bringing out the best in your figure and style. By learning how to dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable and look fabulous – your self-esteem will soar. Trust me on this
Today, while browsing through Twitter, we came across a Time Magazine poll from a few years back. According to the results, the average American man owns twelve pairs of shoes (in case you were wondering, the survey reports that women own 27). And though the data may be old, it got us thinking: If we had to cull our footwear options down — or, in some cases, build them up — to a dozen pairs, what would we go with? Hell, what should every…
Think of them as your workhorse shoe. Perfect with everything from jeans to suits, and appropriate for everything but formal occasions and (very) important meetings with (relatively) conservative business partners.
Black Cap Toe Oxfords
You know how that last pair wouldn’t work for the dressier moments in your life? These will. Every time.
For a hike through the woods. Or, you know, a walk around the corner.
More dressed-up than a sneaker, but not quite as proper as hardbottoms. Your go-to option for a casual everyday outfit.
Because sometimes you want something with a bit more, well… personality than laces.
Cap toe double monk strap shoes ($995) by Salvatore
White Leather (or Canvas) Sneakers
Every guy needs a pair of understated, off-duty sneakers.
Achilles low sneaker ($391) by Common Projects,
The seasonal color analysis can be a little tricky to understand, especially if this is your first time to analyze your coloring. But don’t worry, my free color analysis will help you find your best colors in a (hopefully) simple-to-follow way.
So why should you bother taking a Seasonal Color Analysis?
I personally believe that colors are way underrated when it comes to fashion and style.
Ok, so you’ve covered the best clothes for your body shape that won’t make your butt look big. But what about the colors that give your skin a healthy, attractive glow?
With the right colors:
- .. your eyes, skin and hair glow
- .. imperfections (eg. dark eye circles, discolorations, etc.) are reduced which means that you need less makeup
- .. you’ll appear bright and alert
With the wrong colors:
- .. your eyes, skin and hair look drained
- .. highlight and even create imperfections (eg. double-chin, dark eye circles, yellow teeth, etc.)
- .. your face will fade into the background
Why waste countless of hours and money on dabbling around when you can spend your time selecting colors that you know look amazing on you?
Just imagine how time-saving it is to have your power colors at the back of your mind – colors that you know will leave a fabulous impression for those special occasions? And for people you want to look *extra* good for?
Isn’t it a treat to put on a color and feel fantastic in it?
I believe that taking a seasonal color analysis will give you a sense of direction of what type of colors (cool, warm, deep, light, clear, muted) look fabulous on you. Because as you get the hang of your best colors, skimming the clothing rack becomes a breeze!
It simplifies shopping and you’ll have a closet full of clothes that you want to wear 🙂
Leighton Meester stood out on the red carpet in ultra-bright Pierre Hardy wedges and a sorbet-colored Christian Dior dress. Don’t be afraid to swap out autopilot color combos for a more original pairing like bright orange and soft pink.
INVEST IN LUXE OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS
Wearing a T-shirt and jeans never looked this good. Claudia Schiffer looked completely chic at a Chanel show in gorgeous over-the-knee boots. Take a cue from the supermodel and try a cognac-colored statement boot to break up an otherwise neutral outfit.
TAKE IT EASY IN ORNATE FLATS
Amp up a simple dress with embellished flats like the silver-studded Valentino pair Alexa Chung wore on a rainy day in London. The edgy accents add major style to otherwise comfortable shoes, making them easy to throw on for just about any occasion.
DON A DASH OF LEOPARD
Truth be told, leopard goes with just about everything. Michelle Williams added Charlotte Olympia animal-print pumps to her red lace Erdem dress, instantly nabbing a spot on the best-dressed list. Pair your leopard heels (or flats) with just about any col
WEAR ART ON YOUR FEET
Julianne Moore rocked origami-like Nicholas Kirkwood platforms with an effortless Roland Mouret LBD for an edgy, understated look. Invest in artwork for your feet and pat yourself on the sartorial back when they complete your outfit time and time again.
BUCKLE UP IN AN EDGY BOOTIE
Kate Bosworth channeled her inner rock star in red Chloe booties, acid-washed jeans, and an oversize blazer. Add a pair of punk-inspired boots to your weekend look for an instant dose of downtown cool.
Magda Butrym blazer, $1,580, magdabutrym.com; Magda Butrym belt, $306, fwrd.com; Balenciaga leather boots, $1,540, matchesfashion.com; Gianvito Rossi boots $1,625,shop.gianvitorossi.com; Loewe boots, price upon request, loewe.com.
Fall Black Out:
Brandon Maxwell top, $1,975, and skirt $1,695, saksfifthavenue.com; Saint Laurent floral embroidered boots, $5,995, ysl.com; Louis Vuitton ankle boot, $1,490,louisvuitton.com; Prada boots, price upon request, prada.com.
Somewhere in the Midi Range:
Beaufille “Portia” turtleneck, $175, net-a-porter.com; Beaufille “Leda” skirt, $668,holtrenfrew.com; Marc Jacbos boots, $2,295, marcjacobs.com; Gucci python boots, $3,600, gucci.com; Alexander Wang “Lyndon” boots, $750, alexanderwang.com.
Put Your Hoodie Up:
Vetements sweatshirt, $1,050, and reworked jeans, $1,460, matchesfashion.com; Proenza Schouler metallic boots, $1,190, proenzaschouler.com; Fenty x Puma boots, $325,puma.com.
With My White Suit On:
Sies Marjan single breasted jacket, $1,490, and utility pant, $990, matchesfashion.com; Chanel boots, $1,550, chanel.com; Jimmy Choo boots, $1,150, jimmychoo.com; Valentino, $1,795, valentino.com.
More Is More:
Stuart Weitzman “Straighten” boots, $698, stuartweitzman.com; Alexander Wang “Ellery” boots, $995, alexanderwang.com; Christian Louboutin boots $1,395,christianlouboutin.com; Nicholas Kirkwood Boots, $1,095, nicholaskirkwood.com.
More Is Better:
Stuart Weitzman “Ruggina” boots, $595, stuartweitzman.com; Saint Laurent chelsea boots, $995, ysl.com; Rag & Bone boots, $695, rag-bone.com.
Director: Casey Brooks; Stylist: Kerry Pieri; Model: Brionka at Next; DJ: Prince of Zamunda; Choreographer: Soraya Lundy; Casting; Chrissy Rutherford; Styling Assistant: Tenille Yamashita; Hair: Lacy Redway; Makeup: Sage White.
1.Beware of your budget
Already own three pairs of black heels? Remember: just because they’re on sale, doesn’t mean you need them. “Don’t impulse buy,” warns on-air fashion stylist and author Dawn Del Russo. “Instead, keep a list of the shoes that you’re actually looking for on hand and stick to it.”
2. Shop at the end of the day.
Believe it or not, your hands and feet swell throughout the day, so purchasing a pair of shoes in the morning could cause you major pain later on, explains Rebecca Raleigh, an LA fashion stylist, educator and costume designer. To get a “true size,” Jacqui Stafford, style expert and author of “The Wow Factor: Insider Style Secrets for Every Body and Every Budget,” recommends shopping at the end of the day. “Once your feet have been moving, your shoes will fit better and be more comfortable.”
3. Know your arch type.
If tracking down a pair of comfy athletic shoes is more like mission impossible, a high or flat arch may be to blame. To find out for sure, Erica Lynn Stanley, Design Director of …me Too shoes, says to wet the bottom of your foot and step on a piece of white paper. Based on the wet parts of the paper, you should be able to determine your arch type. For example, if you have a flat arch, you’ll see most of your footprint. If you have a high arch, the middle part of your footprint (your arch) will be missing. And if you have a normal arch, about half of it will wet the paper. Armed with this knowledge, you can then shop for the right shoe for you.
4. Try on three sizes before you buy.
Better safe than sorry, right!? First, suggests women’s footwear designer Anyi Lu of ANYI LU International, try on the shoe size that you typically wear. “Then try on a half size smaller and a half size larger. Many people are stuck on the numbers,” she notes, “but different brands—and even different shoes within a brand—vary. Your feet will tell you what size to buy.”
Podiatrist Dr. Steven L. Rosenberg, DPM, adds that if you’re unsure, to always go with the half size bigger. “You can doctor it up by placing an insole or Instant Arches in the shoe, which prevent foot slippage,” he says.
5. If you can’t walk in it, don’t buy it.
This is what Baroness Monica von Neumann, owner and founder of Baroness von Neumann Candles (she was most recently featured in the documentary God Save My Shoes), calls a “sitting pretty shoe.” In other words, it looks fab, but realistically, you can’t wear it. Save your money, and purchase something practical instead.
6. Befriend the sales associate.
For the best deals, become besties with the sales associate! Okay, not literally, but you know what we mean… “They’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for within your price range. Sometimes they’ll even give you an extra little discount if you really hit it off,” says Raleigh. As an insider, they can also alert you to upcoming sales. “Yes, the associate wants that commission, but the most important thing to them (or it should be) is building a relationship with you so you’ll become a repeat customer.” Hey, loyalty pays!
Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a wardrobe of sensible shoes and basic black bags. Investment items—especially when it comes to shoes and handbags—in bold shapes and colors are personality pieces that add flair to any outfit. And since fall is the ideal time to reassess your signature style, for a little nostalgic inspiration we took some tips from some of our favorite quintessential high school archetypes.
Harness the creative energy of the art crowd by adopting bold accessory color combos with playful details that are throwbacks to ’60s pop iconography. These retro-inspired boots in a fearless metallic blue channel all the drama of the glam rock era—and paired with a roomy tote with attention-grabbing primary red handles and a teddy bear motif, the look is multi-generational, referential, and interpretative on the highest level.
Coach 1941 Varsity Patch Rogue Bag, $895, coach.com; Coach 1941 Chelsea Boot, $575,coach.com
If You Were “The School Socialite”…
Remember the school socialite? She’s the one you loved to hate—she lived in the swankiest house, she threw the best parties, her parents knew rockstars and A-list actors, but she was somehow still nice to everyone and totally down to earth. Channel her effortless, eclectic luxe look by mixing and matching the boho vibe of this studded patchwork crossbody bag with fall’s hot new take on the 90’s block-heel loafer: embellished to the nines with cabochons and sparkling silver.
If You Were “The Prom Queen Bee”…
The girly girl your mom always wanted you to dress like is back—with a twist. This feminine bag embellished with Western-inspired floral appliqué takes the look to a whole new level of sophistication. Play up the delicate leather petals with an edgy pair of metallic harness boots.
If You Were “The Girl Next Door”…
The good girl next door has never looked so chic. This season, casual (and comfy) sneakers get a clever update in metallic leather with a turnlock closure. And don’t be afraid to push the fashion rules this fall by wearing your creams and whites way past Labor Day with this iteration of the classic crossbody Saddle Bag: its sleek silhouette and gleaming Western-inspired studding channels all-American style at its best.
To some, the menswear catwalks are the poor relations to their female equivalents – a trouser-heavy prologue to the haute couture shows that begin inParis on Sunday. But those people have not been paying attention. Right now, menswear in the French capital is having a burst of creative energy.
Both on and off the catwalk, a look is emerging from the Paris autumn/winter 2016 menswear shows. It isn’t a trend as such, more a long-term shift in the way men who care about clothes are dressing, which blurs the lines between smart and casual. It is a haphazard, almost accidental way of dressing – padded coats over smart trousers, giant trapper hats worn with tailored pieces, tracksuit bottoms worn too high at the waist with long wool overcoats and a beanie hat.
It is an incongruous styling technique that has been pushed by a small but incredibly influential group of new east European designers. They include the Russian Gosha Rubchinskiy, whose own-brand show was a highlight earlier in the week. In a down-at-heel theatre his catwalk featured a gravel runway, dry ice, banana-yellow trapper hats, skater-boy chains and off-key trackpants.
The look is echoed at the much-lauded Vetements label, a collective including the Georgian designer Demna Gvasalia. Now big brands have picked up on this aesthetic – Balenciaga has installed Gvasalia as its new creative director, and backstage at the Louis Vuitton show on Thursday the designer Kim Jones praised the creativity of the east Europeans.
It is fair to say that John Galliano, the creative director at Maison Margiela, has not prioritised menswear at the label since he joined in October 2014. The official party line is that Galliano oversees everything Margiela related, but does not specifically design the men’s collection.
The label’s owner, Renzo Rosso – who also owns Diesel – has said Galliano will put his imprint on menswear in mid-2016, which all seems a bit vague and a missed opportunity, especially since there is both a buzz about menswear and, commercially, Rosso’s risky hire of Galliano has paid off with revenues reportedly up 30%.