Fashion’s return to the 70s this Spring has given us a whole new shoe direction. Heels no longer have to go to lofty heights to look stylish. Some of the best shoe styles of the season are flat, and the very newest heights are kitten heels which are 1.5 to 2 inches high. Comfort is no longer an excuse.
Here are our picks of the best shoes to buy now.
- Red & Navy, Naughty Monkey Peek-a-boo Pump, $55.
- Butter Silk Kitten Heel Pump, $145.
- Butter Patent Kitten Heel, $129.
- J. Renee ‘Drema’ Pump, $90.
- Seychelles Amethyst Pump $80
- RSVP Satin Kitten Heel Pump, $79.
- AK Floral Print Fabric Pump, $69.
- Jeffery Campbell ‘Situation’ Pump, $125.
- AK Print and Patent Ballet Flat, $69.
- AK BamBam Bronze Flat, $69.
- Elie Tahari Ballet Flat, $248.
- Gentle Souls Casual Loafer, $112.
- Born, ‘Precious’ Ballet Flat, $95.
- Miss Selfridge Black Patent Loafer, $90.
- Jeffery Campbell Oxford, $110.
- Leifsdottir Spotted Snake, $228.
- Kate Spade Tipi Flat, $225
- Dv by Doce Vida Loafer, $68.
- Soffit Bermuda Yellow Ballet Flat, $100.
The woman who created the empire that bears her name would be smugly approving that 40 years after her death, she’s still one of the most recognized names in fashion.
She found riding side-saddle limiting. She was the mistress of a wealthy man obsessed with horses. He had other mistresses who were more beautiful. To compete, she spent time with him where his other mistresses would not, in his stable, and she became an accomplished horsewoman. To succeed, you need to be fully engaged in the endeavor.
She re-wrote her history. She famously said “I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.” She denied the existence of some family members, invented others and had so many variations of her past, it’s impossible to historically prove or disprove many of them.
Not everybody was an early adopter. Her business made her one of the wealthiest women of her time. Had she not already had great success selling clothing, her legendary Chanel #5 perfume would have made her a multi-millionaire. Even today, it’s one of the most recognized and best-selling perfumes in the world, with one bottle selling every 30 seconds.
She’s often described as unconventionally beautiful. Her beauty wasn’t the first thing one noticed about her. What every biographer tapped into was her overpowering energy and her mesmerizing self-confidence. She didn’t set out to be one of the most recognized names in fashion. She wanted to be a café singer. She couldn’t sing well enough but she was good at making hats and getting them worn by women who mattered. Then she proved to be a genius at building a fashion empire that exactly reflected her style.
If you think of Hollywood as a red Ferrari and youth as a powerful fuel, it’s easy to imagine how an industry can be voraciously dependent on what’s younger, newer, and prettier.
For years now, putting on a pair of pants with a low rise was like putting a tourniquet on a balloon; voila, instant muffin top, even on a thin body. Our blood flow was further constricted by the squeeze the “skinny jeans” put on our thighs.
In the hours between getting up and going to bed, the belly can undergo waist altering machinations. The pants that zipped easily in the morning are putting painful strain on our tummies by midday.