Christmas Wardrobe: Picking the Perfect Party Shoe

Now you know the right colours and shapes for your party dress, now to find the perfect party shoes! This is often the hardest part of putting an outfit together.

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There are three basic requirements for your party shoes: they need to

  1. Give you height
  2. Look amazing with what you are wearing
  3. Be comfortable – yes, that Holy Grail of shoes!

    It should be easy to achieve, but it rarely is.

    When we are dressing our body, the aim is to create a balanced look.  When it comes to picking the right shoes, you need to focus on balancing your bottom half. So, look at the length of your legs, especially from the knee down, and the shape of your calves and ankles.

    Colour Me Beautiful have put together some tips to help you choose the right party shoe styles.

    Gillian Lewis Spectrum - trained by Colour Me Beautiful

    from the blog

    Height and Comfort

    There is no doubt that a higher heel adds length to your legs but can you really wear them all night? If you are going to an event by car or cab and are likely to be seated for part of the evening then you can sacrifice comfort a bit. If you know you will be doing some walking and standing then you need a certain degree of comfort – how much will depend on your comfort threshold. Shoes with a heel and platform at the front half are usually a good choice to balance height with comfort. If you are going to sacrifice comfort entirely, don’t pay too much, you are not likely to get much wear out of those skyscrapers.

    Party Shoes - High Heels, a blog post by Gillian Lewis: Spectrum, Colour Me Beautiful Image Consultant

    You can find these on the Clarks website: http://www.clarks.co.uk/p/26104202

    Party shoes - platform heels, a blog post by Colour Me Beautiful Image Consultant, Gillian Lewis: Spectrum

    A platform Mary Jane from http://www.clarks.co.uk/p/26108615


    Mid heels might make you feel as though you’re not making the effort, but there are plenty pretty styles to choose from which won’t compromise your party look. Kitten heels are perhaps even better than mid heels as they are not trying to be high, they are stylish and glamorous in their own right.

    Party Shoes - Kitten Heels, a blog post by Colour Me Beautiful Image Consultant Gillian Lewis: Spectrum

    These Kitten heels are available at http://www.clarks.co.uk/p/26105413


    Flats have been a big story this year and there are many decorative styles to choose from, so don’t rule them out. With the right outfit they can look very elegant and classy.

    Party Shoes - Flats, a blog post by Colour Me Beautiful trained Image Consultant Gillian Lewis: Spectrum

    A pair of silver flats from Clarks http://www.clarks.co.uk/p/26106482


    Styles and Stockings

    Those with a shorter length leg from the knee to ankle need to beware of straps and wearing anything too high up the foot. Low fronted shoes give the illusion of longer legs and narrower ankles, as do open-toed shoes. Closed shoes shorten the length of the feet and legs.

    Low-cut T-straps work for most people but ankle straps will only look good on those with long legs and slim ankles

    Stockings or tights add another dimension to the mix. Flesh-toned tights often work best, but if you are going for sheer black you ideally want black shoes or a black dress, especially if you have shorter legs. Mixing a different colour dress, tights and shoes will appear to chop up your look making you and your legs appear shorter. If you are taller with long legs you can afford to mix a couple of colours. It all depends on the look you want to achieve.


    Colour

    There isn’t as much choice if you want a colour shoe, and if it’s versatility you need then black, silver, gold and/or sparkly are the best options. Colour shoes can look wonderful as a statement or to match an outfit, but as with tights, you don’t want to clutter your legs with various colours if you are trying to elongate them. Ideally, you want to match your shoe colour to your dress colour. Alternatively, your shoes might be the colour in your otherwise neutral outfit.

    Have a glamorous and feet-friendly Christmas!

    I'd love to hear your comments on this post

    Gillian Lewis
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    Gillian Lewis

    Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
    What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

    I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

    I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
    Gillian Lewis
    FOLLOW ME
    About Gillian Lewis

    What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

    I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

    I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D