Natalie looked graceful yet hip in a white leather pantsuit, accentuated with a red ruffled tank top. Her five feet nine inch body was heightened to an even statelier, more statuesque stance with the aid of red spiked heels. The Racy Red lipstick drawing attention to  her full lips was the perfect accessory to pull Natalie’s eye-catching look together. She was wearing her lengthy honey locks in a sleek, straight style.  Murder Can Be Messy – Chapter 9.

One of the joys of reading is that the reader can use their imagination to embellish what the author has written to the reader’s own interpretation or preference. In my description of Natalie North above, a private investigator who looks as if she has stepped off of the cover of a fashion magazine, I have only told the reader that Natalie’s delicate feet are covered by red spiked heels.  As a glamour buff and a high-heeled shoe lover myself, I thought I would share with you what shoes that I feel would be the best choice to polish off Natalie’s stylish, enviable look.

As someone who can get lost in high heels, I love both stiletto pumps (the shoe having a long, thin, sleek heel) and platform shoes (generally the heel is a bit wider than a stiletto and the shoe is raised off of the ground an inch or more – hence the name platform). Both types of heeled shoes are darling, but each type generates a more stylish, knock-out look depending on what outfit you are wearing the shoes with. In this case, being that Natalie is wearing a sleek stiletto, I would have to say that the white leather pants that she is wearing are straight legged pants, generally seen on skinny jeans, that cling more to the wearer’s ankle.

As a style buff, here is my take on the proper heel for the proper pants:

Straight legged pants = Stiletto heels, pumps

Flared bottom pants = Platforms

With straight legged pants, the entire shoe is exposed, and by offsetting the tight ankle pant leg with a classy heeled shoe, the wearer displays a more elegant, sleek and sexy look. Platform shoes, depending on the width of the heel and the height of the platform, can sometimes look clunky and/or bulky. If the pant leg flares at the bottom (bell bottom style) the end of the pant leg generally drapes over the shoe a bit, and a darling, eye-catching platform shoe is the perfect shoe to add allure to the outfit. This look almost gives the illusion of playing peek-a-boo with your shoes, as the material of the flared pant leg usually hides a portion of the shoe as you walk, and the vision of the thicker heel wears real well with the flared pants.

The best thing about style and fashion is that it really boils down to “to each their own!” Whatever clothes and shoes make you feel comfortable and good about your appearance is how you should dress.  Speaking of dress, aesthetically, I prefer stiletto pumps with dresses, as once again, if wearing a dress, the entire shoe is exposed and the delicate pump will elongate your legs and polish off your feminine look.

But, there is always a but, the one look that I find so attractive mixing platforms and a dress is when you are wearing a tight, pencil skirt where the hem of the skirt is right below the knee, and a form-fitted blouse. This look is downright sexy and slinky, and a nice platform shoe adds the finishing touch, much like the cherry on top of the hot fudge sundae!

Glamour and fashion should be fun!  Mixing the right outfit can be just as artistic and creative to the wearer as a painting is to an artist or a song is to a musician. Wearing colorful, trendy clothes can even make you feel like a dull, rainy day is bursting over with glorious sunshine. When walking to your car, you can look like you’re strutting the catwalk!  Meow!

So the next time that you go shoe shopping, or you rummage through your closet looking for the perfect pair of shoes to show off, remember:

A sexy, sleek stiletto shoe will do, thank you!








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