Have you checked out the season’s hottest heels? They’re the fashion equivalent of forbidden fruit: glossy, candy-colored, and seriously tempting. The catch is that the heels are too high: five, six, seven inches — the kind of towering heights that make podiatrists rich.
To help you find chic shoes you can actually wear, I tested all the latest styles. In the Connecticut suburbs, Laurette Kittle, an artist (shoe size 8 1/2 or 9); Suzanne Frank, a charity event planner (9 narrow); and I (size 6 1/2 ) teamed up to try on 30 pairs of shoes. In New York City, I tested 30 more with fashion coach Susan Sommers (another 9 narrow), founder of DressZing; and Kim Isaacsohn (size 8), president of Clever Carriage, her own handbag line.
Five outspoken shoe mavens, and yet we all awarded top honors to the same two brands: Aerosoles and Taryn Rose. Read on for details.
No waist? Cinch this dress tight, and voila! The front crisscross also creates a nice V-neck, drawing attention upward. Note to big-busted women: A camisole or thin tee underneath will keep you from feeling overexposed.
Allegra Hicks silk jersey dress (allegrahicks.com)
Find one like this: cut just wide enough in the middle that it still flatters, while disguising what lies beneath. Flattering to all, but FYI to petites: Watch the hem. (If it’s longer than hip length, the tunic will wear you.)
Tory Burch silk georgette top ($295, toryburch.com)
With a top this floaty (and concealing), keep your pants simple and tailored. Low-rise pants are best (less fabric around your middle). If arms are an issue for you, consider a three-quarter-length sleeve for your blouse.
This swingy style creates a faux middle…while glossing over the real one. Just zip it up and you’re good to go. I have three of these, including the one at left, all by Lisa Perry, and they are super-flattering and travel well. Perfect length: the top of your knee.
Lisa Perry double knit wool jersey dress (lisaperrystyle.com)