Insomniac Sale Picks: Non-black Flats

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Erin requested a few picks for work-appropriate flats that aren’t black, so here we go:

born stowaway II flat

Born Stowaway II - was $129.95, now $84.90

My bronze flats are a go-to, especially during the summer, and this pair has a similar look and color. Metallic flats are a great neutral alternative to black, although you’ll want to go with a nice muted metallic like this. These also come in a lovely light gold textured metallic. Available in US sizes 6 -11. Also over on Zappos in the two metallics, black, and two snakeskin prints. Size availability varies by color. (I also own and love these Earth flats in the distressed pewter, which is MUCH less shiny in person. More of a subtly sparkly charcoal gray.)

clarks concert choir

Clarks Concert Choir - was $135, now $74.99

They’re navy, I SWEAR! And I wanted to include these because I own and adore them, and because they’re available in widths. They’re comfy and supportive as all get-out. These guys are dressy enough for office or evening, but also work great with flippy sundresses on the weekend. Available in this navy, metallic brown, black leather, and black patent in US sizes 5 – 12, including some wide and narrow widths. Size availability varies by color.

fitzwell avery

Fitzwell Avery - was $59, now $26.99

Bargain! And they’re real leather. That sweep detail across the toebox looks a little odd from this angle but great from above which is where everyone will be seeing them anyway. And they’ve got a built-in gel comfort heel pad. Available in this red, navy, camel, and black in US sizes 6 – 13, including some wide and extra wide sizes. Size availability varies by color. (By the way, if you’re looking for vegan options, Nine West has loads of colorful flats in manmade materials.)

miz mooz bindi flat

Miz Mooz Bindi - was $89.95, now $64.90

Miz Mooz shoes are comfortable and sturdy, and this elegant pointed-toe flat will undoubtedly be no exception. A bright blue flat in embellished patent might be more quirky than dressy, but these could be paired with any print that includes cobalt and look sleek and chic and perfectly office-appropriate. And they come in loads of other colors, too! Available in this blue, red, cognac, and light gold in US sizes 6 – 10. Size availability varies by color. Also over on Zappos in mint green, black, orange, and turquoise.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for work-appropriate flats that aren’t black:

  1. Born - Between the Julianne and the Stowaway, you’ve got more than a dozen non-black, office-friendly options.
  2. Frye - They won’t be cheap, but they will be quality. And colorful! Check Nordstrom and 6pm, too, for styles like the Carson and Regina.
  3. Nine West - Some fun colors, but mostly a great source for non-black neutrals including cognac and animal print.

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Although I believe clothes that look good on your body will often make you feel good about yourself, I also know that some clothes that look smashing feel awful. Like strapless dresses. And elegant 4″ heels. And when I talk with women about style, I always emphasize that clothing can make you feel good in a thousand ways: It can be a color that lifts your spirits, a pattern that engages or awakens you, a garment that you bought while traveling and evokes fond memories. It can be slippery silk on your skin, nubby linen, or some other pleasing texture that heightens your senses. It can be warm or enveloping, soft or smooth, bright or dark. Our feel-good clothes can look like just about anything.

Tell us about yours. When you open your closet, which items jump out as your feel-good clothes? What makes them special? Why do they lift your spirits? Are the ones that feel great on your body different than the ones that look great in the mirror?

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Everyone Has Bad Hair Days

everyone has bad hair days

My hair is thick, wavy, curly, and extremely stubborn. It wasn’t until I shifted from a traditional, sleek pixie to my current, messier ‘do that I realized exactly how much my hair DID NOT want to be short, straight, and orderly. At least not all three at once. When I was doing the flat-ironed pixie thing, I had to go into the salon fairly frequently to get clean-ups or my hair would start puffing out and sticking up in odd places and at bizarre angles. This was time-consuming, and costly, and frustrating. When my hair did what I wanted it to do, I LOVED it. When it didn’t, I got grouchy.

At one point I was whinging to my amazing stylist,* airing my frustration that I couldn’t get my hair to look exactly the same every single day. And her response was simple, and something I’d heard many times before. But hearing it at that moment from the person who cut and styled my hair struck me. Hard.

She said, “Well, everyone has bad hair days.”

Obvious, right? Something we’ve all been told. Nothing groundbreaking. But I really heard her this time. And here’s what occurred to me as I mulled afterward:

It is not reasonable to expect my own hair to look exactly the same every day because hair is living, because weather changes, because sometimes I sleep really weird, because I run late. There are dozens of reasons why my hair will not look exactly the same every day, even if I become quite skilled at styling it. Furthermore, it is not reasonable to expect my own hair to look “perfect” every day because perfect is an impossibility. Expecting same, perfect hair on a daily basis amounts to setting myself up for failure and frustration. Remembering that everyone has bad hair days means remembering that it’s OK to look variable and even a little flat or disheveled once in a while.

It is not reasonable to expect anyone else’s hair to look the same every day, and it certainly is not reasonable to expect anyone else’s hair to look perfect every day. All people are subject to hair growth, weather, running late, and all the rest. Remembering that everyone has bad hair days means remembering that no one in this world looks her best every single day, and that judging others is a total waste of energy.

Furthermore, it is not reasonable to expect celebrities’ hair to look the same or perfect, either. Even those who are professionally pretty have “off” days. This is one of the reasons why paparazzi-snapped images of famous people in their sweats or in the midst of hair or makeup failure are a force of evil. They reinforce the fallacy that someone who is famous, extraordinarily beautiful, and wealthy enough to employ various stylists can and should look perfect. All the time. Everyone has bad hair days. Even models like Cara Delevingne and movie stars like Reese Witherspoon. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong or shameful about it.

Know what else? Everyone has bad outfit days, too. Me, you, strangers, famous people, all of us. No matter how skilled you are at outfit assembly or how well-versed you are in trends, figure-flattery, and color pairing, you will sometimes wear things that don’t work. Even stylists like Stacy London will occasionally pull a dud that looked great in the morning but felt like a mistake by 4 p.m. This, too, is totally normal and should not cause you shame or dismay. By all means analyze what went awry and consider how to change your next outfit for the better, but don’t beat yourself up over a day of frump or clash or over-accessorization. Bad outfits are as much a part of life as breathing, sleeping, changing seasons. And everyone in the world wears them occasionally.

I still strive for good hair and fabulous outfits, of course, but this mental and emotional shift has changed me. Now, when I glance in the mirror and see unfortunate things happening atop my head, I do my best to adjust my locks but I don’t freak out. When an outfit I thought was dynamite looks totally bizarre after a few hours’ wear, I make note of what’s wrong but I don’t berate myself. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone wears weird stuff. Everyone in this lovely world of ours has bad hair days. But luckily, the sun will rise again in the morning and we can have another go with the curling iron.

*Jaimie Juettner at TC2, by the way. Go see her. She’s completely amazing.

Image courtesy vagabondblogger | This piece first appeared on Huffington Post

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