Converse one star skirt from Target
H&M striped top
Inhabit cotton cardigan (no longer available)
Jas M.B. bag (on SALE!! I highly recommend this bag)
Repetto perforated BB flats
I’m such a bad short person. Although, as Sophie mentioned on my post yesterday, I’m not actually short; at 5’3″ I am exactly average. woohoo! Anyway, I used to love to wear heels – nearly every time I’d leave the house, I’d wear heels of some sort (mostly clogs & wedges, but still). Lately, though, I default to flats. I’ve succumbed to ease and comfort over everything else, and I can’t even use the “busy mom” excuse. I think I still look stylish, but I would FEEL more stylish, less like I’ve given up if I put on a pair of heels every once in a while.
This really hit home on Saturday when my husband and I went to a party and all the ladies were “dressed up” in dresses & heels. I had no idea what to expect; it was at the couples house and I didn’t know anyone, so I defaulted to chic, but “normal” and comfortable, wearing my Repetto bb flats in “nude,” black jeans and a Tory Burch cardigan. The hostess’ mother (who is very stylish and not old at all) was even wearing high wedges (I’m pretty sure they were satin Pedro Garcia wedges – remember those from a few years ago?) and here I am, wearing my “comfort” shoes. I wasn’t worried about it at the time, and honestly didn’t think about it much, but since then, I’ve really been starting to think I’ve given up.
I used to make an effort, but here in Austin, NO ONE dresses up or wears heels, and I was always feeling a little out of place, so I started to do my own version of Austin-chic, without being too Austin if you get what I mean. I still feel relatively dressed up in Austin, because, you know, I’m wearing PANTS, and not flip-flops, but I don’t know when or why I started to want to blend in more. I’ve never wanted to blend in…
So, even though I would probably have worn flats tonight to the grand re-opening part of MOSS (my favorite designer consignment store EVER), I’m going to suck it up and wear my super-high Robert Clergerie wedges instead.
Do you wear heels all the time? or flats? or do you think you’ve found the right balance?
I had that same debate before—do we deal with heels or do we go with flats? I always spoke back to my guy friends who insists on women wearing heels that they should wear them before they speak. it does look nice but at what cost? The picture of deformed bone structure of women who wear heels all the time is just plain horrific.
and coincidentally I just blogged about the matter in my blog
(also can you update your link to my blog? I noticed it’s “if-i-owned-a-boutique”)
I do have one pair of platform heels that I can comfortably walk in for party occasion but that rarely sees the light. I think what matters most is that you feel confident and comfortable in your attire. I still oscillate over the matter myself. but one thing I know is that i do want to be able to pay attention to the people I meet at gatherings instead of wondering when i get to take off the darn shoes.
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Cathy Benavides says
I feel the same way! I call Austin “terminally causal” since no one ever really gets fancy around here. But like you, I’ve adopted sort of casual chic thing. I am perfectly happy in a cardigan, a dress, cute flats, and an owl necklace…… and even then people tell me I’m dressed up!
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you are so chic 🙂
i love your article! and that picture really freaked me out!
i’m never really totally uncomfortable in any of my heels, because i choose them wisely, but i’m still MORE comfortable, relatively speaking, in flats. but i have all of the sudden gotten a craving (along with everyone else i guess!) for a nice kitten heel pump, ideally it would be the acne poe in blue suede 🙂 or similar…
i never want to suffer for fashion, or to fit in, but in my case i’m not really suffering in my heels, i’m just choosing the lazy (easier, more comfortable) way LOL
Flats, flats, flats:).
BTW, that outfit is really cute.
I wear heels almost every day; however, it is my goal to be as tall as possible always.
Off subject: Did you just get a trim, because your haircut looks completely new, but grown-out into that bob already? (I SWEAR you’ve got some kind of hair fertilizer you’re using!) And as for heels/flats…well, you know that I’m a flats girl! And I’m really comfortable with that. Some of the most stylish women in the world are into flats (i.e. Sophia Coppola, Ines de la Fressange)…so I’m in good company! The highest I’ll go is a kitten heel (and you KNOW I’m searching for one of those…I’m assuming you posted those adorable Acne’s just to tempt me!! 😉
i got my bangs trimmed, which always makes my hair look generally longer. but my hair grows super-fast, just a few more inches and i’ll be happy 🙂
and you are my hero.
thank you lisa! i love this outfit, and my flats 😉
It’s SO cute on you!!
i love flats too! and yay for being average height 🙂