Ask Anne: An In-Between Heel?
Anne Keane, formerly the fashion director at Lucky magazine, is our newest goop contributing editor. You can send questions on everything from how to mix prints to how to up your earring game to email@example.com.
Dear Anne, After a terrible foot injury, I can no longer wear heels over three inches and feel stable. I used to wear heels with lacy tops and track pants, but when I tried flats I felt stumpy. How can I elevate my sporty chic look?—Mave H.
Dear Mave, I’m so sorry to hear about your injury, but so glad you asked. The flat shoe dilemma is an evergreen fashion challenge for so many women, myself included. The key is in the pairings: A low heel or a slight platform shoe go well with a cropped, slim pant or mid-length skirt. To balance the sport element add a dressier piece so it all looks purposeful, not sloppy. Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning.
A slinky silk dress is one of those closet workhorses that gets good mileage year-round. Take it out of the super-dressy realm by keeping things simple (with a nod to sport) by layering on a windbreaker and pairing with a borrowed-from-the-boys loafer. For an (optional) dose of femininity, slick your hair back into a low chignon and add a swipe of a red lip. You can rely upon this Tomas Maier camo tote for just about anything from the work day to the weekend.
jocn loafer goop, $625
grant sunglasses goop, $340
Tomas Maier palm
tree cavas tote goop, $450
Nili Lotan vintage ivory
short cami dress Nili Lotan, $545
Maison Kitsune stripe
rib windbreaker Ron Herman, $285
cashmere sweater Lingua Franca , $400
As a rule, a track pant works for outside-of-the-gym situations if you keep the other elements tailored: This super-soft oxford has a flattering cut and looks just right under a linen blazer. And since the track pant hits right at the ankle bone, it looks great with a pair of pointy suede kitten heels.
perpetual 116000 goop, $4,295
Alex Mill overdyed
oxford shirt goop, $160
Nike tech fleece
cotton-blend track pants Net-A-Porter, $100
Prada suede kitten-heel
bow pump Neiman Marcus, $690
goop Label lydia
linen blazer goop, $595
bucket bag goop, $640
SKIRTING THE ISSUE
This goes-with-everything midi-skirt has a polished-yet-louche quality, thanks largely to its fleshy hue. The key here is to knowingly play up the sporty vibe with a ’70s-inspired ringer tee and luxe cashmere hoodie. This chain-strap shoulder bag (bonus: it can also be worn as a cross-body) is the requisite pop of color that gives the outfit a dose of cool, while the block heel loafer both elevates the look—and is an investment piece you’ll reach for over and over again.
Gucci marmont gg metallic
laminate leather pumps Saks Fifth Avenue, $795
ribbon midi skirt Ron Herman, $410
- La Ligne ringer tee goop, $120
Trunk leather shoulder bag Net-A-Porter, $1,780
zip-up hoodie goop, $370
dragonfly earring goop, $175