Tips to Make High Heels Comfortable

High heels will probably never be as comfortable as a good pair of sneakers, but some are certainly less comfortable than others, and it is not just a matter of how high the heels are. Of course, a proper fit is essential, but beyond that there are five easy-to-spot design features that can have a huge effect on your overall comfort.
1. Heel Placement
If the heel is too far back, it will not support your weight properly. The center line of the heel should be directly under the center of your own heel. Thicker heels often do this automatically, or you can look for narrow heels that dip in slightly at the top.
2. Sole Thickness
High heels are much more comfortable with a little padding, especially on hard surfaces, so some sort of a platform is always a good idea. If your shoes do not have a platform, try adding a gel insole.
3. Sole Rigidity
Steer clear of shoes with rigid soles made out of wood or hard plastic. Leather and rubber soles have more give, so they move with your feet and adjust better to inconsistencies in the ground.
4. Heel Thickness
The wider your heel, the greater your stability. Wedges can be even more stable, provided they are not too narrow and the entirety of the sole touches the ground.
5. Security
The easier it is for you to slip out of your heels, the harder they will be to walk in. Your shoes should feel like an extension of your body, not something foreign that could fall off at any moment. A slingback or a pump is preferable to a mule, but a boot or something with a strap that goes across the front of the foot and / or ankle is even better.


Jumpsuits are everywhere right now, but they can be a little intimidating if you have never worn one before. They may be inspired by men’s coveralls, but they can be totally feminine and sophisticated in the right cuts and with the right styling. Let these ten stylish tips show you how it is done — it is easier to pull off than you think.

1. Define your waist ~ A slouchy, straight-up-and-down jumpsuit can be cool too, but cinching in the waist is a great way to define your shape add a little extra femininity to your look. Belts are the go to, of course, but tying a lightweight jacket or shirt around your waist can look pretty chic too and it has the added benefit of hiding that whole oblong-butt thing that sometimes happens when you cinch in the waist on a loose, flowy jumpsuit.
2. Break it up ~ Break up that big block of color with a lightweight jacket. Leave it open to elongate your body or wear it on your shoulders for some instant street style cred. A crossbody bag, worn in front, is also good for adding a little visual interest to your look.
3. Glam it up ~ Jumpsuits are just as good for evening as they are for day, especially when worn with glitzy metallic accessories and a sleek tuxedo jacket — perfect for a fancy dinner or a chic black tie cocktail party.
4. Show some cleavage ~ A deep, plunging neckline is hella sexy, but it is also great for breaking up a graphic all over print. Use a short necklace, bold earring, or face framing hat to help draw the eye up, away from your cleavage.
5. Make it sheer ~ Peek-a-boo sheer panels are a great way to show skin without giving it all away — sexy and feminine and just the right amount of subtlety.
6. Mix hard and soft ~ A leather jacket and chunky metallic jewelry are great for adding a little edge to a feminine and flowy pastel jumpsuit.
7. Choose a feminine print ~ Polka dots, florals, hearts, kisses, whatever. A good, feminine print can make even the most masculine silhouette look totally girly. Also, backless is always feminine.
8.Go for a bold color ~ Bright colors are automatic attention-getters — great for those times when you want to show off your shape.
9. Release your inner animal ~ If a full-on leopard jumpsuit is not for you, try a modified or abstracted animal print like this one and pair it with neutral layering pieces and accessories for a more subtle and sophisticated look.
10. Just add a heel ~ When in doubt, add a high heel — even the most utilitarian-looking jumpsuit can be completely transformed by a good pair of heels.

What Gretchen Wore

I love, love, love when I find a steal! This sexy stretch lace skater dress fits & flares to flatter every curve. It was originally $69.95, but the day I was in Lane Bryant Outlet they were having a huge sale. Everything was 40% off. I also had Real Women dollars (their version of a coupon). So this spring dress only costs me $22.52.

What Gretchen Wore

I received my next piece from Just a reminder, if you are unaware of what is, check out my blog from December 9th. I am not a huge fan of the paisley print on this shift dress, but wanted to share the look anyway. If you like a dress or top but think the print is too busy, I suggest adding a cardigan or jacket to tone down the look.

Essential Item for Spring 2015: An A-line Dress

As I mentioned the other day, one of the must have items for spring is an A-line dress. An A-line dress is very girly and romantic. It is a perfect way to show your feminine side. It is not difficult to wear an A-line dress. In fact, it is one of the most versatile styles of dresses that one can wear. An A-line dress looks and works best with most body shapes and figures, especially the rectangular, oval, inverted triangle and pear body shapes. It is the perfect dress for graduation parties, wedding, baby showers, afternoon cocktails with girls or a date.
Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore

I received another item from This stretch knit top with scoop neck and three quarter raglan sleeves in leopard print at front with black colorblocking is awesome. I am going to be sending it back, but only because it is warming up down south. I will re-closet this item for next fall. I paired this top with a red pencil shirt and my black Nine West booties to complete the look.

Spring 2015 ~ Must Haves

Yes, spring is just around the corner!! This spring you know you will need a new dress for graduation ceremonies and outdoor parties, a pair of sandals that look presentable in places other than the beach, and a bag that works with the floaty fabrics and light colors of the season. Then there are the fashion trends you want to invest in, those droolworthy colors, cuts, and fabrics we first saw on the runway back in September. I will be covering spring looks over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!!