Being 180cm tall, I always get asked ‘why do you wear heels?” I use to get a little offended – ‘why not?’ I would respond rather than going into the myriad of reasons.
Heels have always been one of my ‘feminine’ touches. I would wear them everywhere! Shopping, running errands – yes, you name it I did it (well, within reason).
I didn’t like myself in flats and was always worried about looking too frumpy or cutting my legs short. That all changed when I began my studies as an Image Consultant. I learnt the tricks of illusion and could wear flats without a worry.
“How to wear flats?” is still one of the most commonly asked questions I get in Singapore as most of us don’t have a vehicle (cars start at just over $120k here) and we need comfortable walking shoes to get around. So here are my tips…
How to wear flats:
- NUDE! – Nude/skin toned flats elongate the leg
- Pointed toe
- Small wedge or Kitten heel (1-2cm)
- Low Vamp* i.e. Ballet flats and Moccasins
- Avoid ankle straps – Gladiators are a no-no
- For those who still experience a winter – wear black opaque tights/stockings or stirrup leggings with black flats
- Embellishments or a change of colour on the toe tip
- Drag the eye up by wearing a:
- Bright or big necklace
- High waisted belt
- High waisted skirt or dress (hides where your legs start)
The above is only applicable to short-legged or balanced body vertical body proportions. Don’t know what vertical proportion you are? Click here and scroll to the bottom.
*Vamp refers to the top of the shoe. Boots are high vamp, ballet flats are low vamp.
My flats: Top Centre (moving clockwise): Country Road Moccasins, Rubi Flip-flops, Rubi Peep-toe Sandals, Charles and Keith, Witchery, Sam Edelman, Sam Edelman , Nine West Ballet Flats, Massimo Dutti Points, Rubi Points, Country Road Sandals.