By Francis Smith
Finding clothing that is as comfortable as it is chic can be a challenge. It happens all of the time: you find an article of clothing that you really love, and you discover that it is not as comfortable as it is visually appealing. Many women accept their fate because they don’t necessarily associate comfort with style. We’re told that beauty is pain. But with many of today’s designs, you can put together stylish looks without suffering the consequences. Here are a few tips on how to enjoy the best of both worlds!
Many designer shoes may look absolutely fabulous, but let’s be honest. They are not always comfortable. When making a decision about a shoe purchase, consider a shoe with a mid to low heel height. Reasonable heel heights would range anywhere from 1 inch to no more than an inch and a half. Also, consider the width of the heel. Stilettos may look great but they aren’t ideal for a long day at work. Aim for a heel that provides support. Good widths for heels range from ½ an inch to 1 inch.
Another style to consider for added comfort is a wedge style. With the properties of a heel- height and arch style, without the heel, wedges provide you with another appealing alternative in the workplace that still keeps you looking good and feeling just a great.
And if you can’t wear heels or would like to add some variety to your shoe closet, there are many stylish, professional flats to choose from. Look for a shoe that goes well paired with a pencil skirt or a nice pair of work pants.
Many women find comfort through insoles. Insoles come in a number of shapes and can really provide a person with the support and cushion as they need to get through their day.
At the end of the day, you’ll want shoes that are not only stylish and comfortable, but are also versatile. A comfortable and chic heel, wedge or flat should be able to take you from your workplace to an evening outing.
Where to get this look: Secondi, 1702 Connecticut Ave NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20009
Be confident in yourself
Be confident in your body! Though it can be hard to find clothing that looks great and fits well, it is easier with a better understanding of what cuts work best with your figure. While shopping, keep in mind that every woman is not the same, and designers make clothing for all women of all shapes.
If you have an hourglass frame, embrace it and go for an A-line dress or skirt, try a great pair of straight or boot leg pants with a button up and cardigan, or go for a pencil skirt with button up and blazer.
If you're petite, try a great pair of skinny pants with a wonderful printed blouse, a cropped pant with a basic button up and blazer, or a beautiful dress with a wrap around belt.
If you are more on the curvy side, I suggest a blouse with a blazer and boot-leg cut pants, an A-line skirt with a nice button up and statement belt, or a thigh length dress that accentuates your curves and fits your body smoother.
We women come in all shapes and sizes, and we have to realize that finding the perfect fit is one of the keys to bringing comfort and fashion together. If you are unsure about your fit and body type, there are ways to find out. You can draw inspiration from celebrities with similar body types, you can ask a sales associate for help and suggestions, or do some experimenting! No one knows your body like you do, so try everything you can to see what works for you and makes you feel your best.
Where to get this look: Current Boutique- 1809 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Recruit some help
Who better to ask for advice than friends or co-workers? Don’t be afraid to ask the women around you where they shop if you admire their style. And shopping is always more fun with friends. You can also look on social media and style blogs for fashion tips. Doing a bit of research and getting help from everyone around you, online and offline, will help you get a better understanding of where to shop and what to look for.
There are countless resources in D.C. available in order for you to achieve the perfect balance of style and comfort. Go out and explore what the fashion world can offer! Best of luck ladies!
About The Author
Francis Smith is a recent college graduate from Radford University who majored in fashion merchandising and minored in media studies. She works as a visual merchandiser at Macy’s in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, Francis can be found working out, working on her blog, A Bundle of Curls, shopping, or relaxing in the sun.