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12 Days of Holiday Style, Day Five: It’s Party (Shoe) Time!

Kate Spade glitter peep toe pumpsI love shoes, especially pretty shoes. I’ve been lusting after these Kate Spade glitter peep toe pumps for a long time now, but I just can’t bring myself to buy them. They’re pricey, for starters, and they’re just not practical for my current lifestyle. I’m already the most overdressed parent at the karate gym; I’m pretty sure these pumps would push me over the top.

But there’s a part of me that wishes I lived a glittery shoes kind of life, just every once in a while.

The holidays are a good time to change up your footwear, particularly if your go-to shoe is something super practical. Glittery peep toes may not be the best choice for slogging through the snow, but there are plenty of opportunities to put on pretty shoes — church services and kid classroom parties and cozy dinners at home — even if that just means a simple, elegant flat. A pair of really beautiful shoes — say, that pair you usually save for fancy nights on the town — can change up your whole jeans-and-tee look, and make you feel more festive.

How do you wear party shoes with everyday clothes? Heels and flats work equally well with slim, cropped pants; pair a chunky sweater with a pair of skinny pants or jeans and add a flashy shoe. The shorter hemline of the pants shows off your pretty footwear, and the outfit itself doesn’t have to be anything fancy, although everything should fit right and be in good condition. This look puts the focus on your feet, which is exactly what you want to do.

If you’re not a cropped pants kind of girl, make sure that your trousers or jeans are the right length for the shoe you’re wearing. With a heel, your hemline should fall to within a centimeter of the floor; in other words, you should be able to see the toe of the shoe when you’re standing but not the entire heel. Anything shorter is too short.

Is it snowing where you’re going? Wear your Wellies or snow boots and pack your pretty shoes in your handbag; change when you get to your destination. Flats are easy to carry and are more comfortable than big bulky boots.

Afraid you’ll feel dressed up if you put on your party shoes? You probably will — and someone will probably ask if you have special plans today. The answer, of course, is yes. Because I’m sure you do.

Tomorrow: Add a little luxe to your look with a cashmere sweater.

Photo via Kate Spade

Get Dressed with Susan Wagner

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