A luncheon of my professional women’s group was my first chance to wear a new shirtdress I bought in Charcoal coated denim. It has an almost leather-like look and lots of topstitching a la jean jackets – overall a tiny bit of “rough” vibe. So what footwear to choose?
The zip-trimmed bootie on the left was very compatible in style terms, but the height cut a bit above my ankle, creating an awkward horizontal design element and making my legs appear shorter and heavier. I’ll save those for times I’m wearing dark tights to avoid the extreme color break.
The low-vamp peep-toe pumps provided the maximum elongation, and certainly wouldn’t have been a bad choice. But the felt a little prim and prissy for the styling of the dress.
The middle photo – a perforated suede bootie with a lower cut, peep toe and sling back – was the Goldilocks choice. The chunky styling balanced with the weight of the dress, the lower cut exposed the narrower part of my ankle and the cut-out areas expose enough skin to keep the eye moving in a vertical line. Just right!
Have you ever used quick selfies to preview the look of a combination? It really makes the impact more obvious that just looking in the mirror.