Posts Categorized: shopping

Reader Request: How to Find Your Perfect Boots

How to shop for and buy your perfect pair of boots

Reader Kimbra sent me this request:

I was hoping you could point me in the right direction for a pair or two of fiscally conservative multi-purpose boots. The type that can be worn with a pair of jeans or a skirt as well as either keep my feet warm or have room for thick socks. For example, at work I am on my feet most of the day as well as inside/outside so a versatile pair of boots appropriate for indoors and outdoors that can be worn with jeans or something more professional would rock my world. read more

Originally posted 2010-11-29 06:00:00.

Casual Shoe Basics

BEST CASUAL SHOES FOR WOMEN

Well! The responses to this post about shoe basics made it pretty clear that you lovely folks would like some casual shoe-specific input. Many of you have no need or use for heels, and others pointed out that great-looking casual shoes are FAR more difficult to find than great-looking dressy shoes. So here’s a short list of what I consider to be casual shoe basics, and some brand and style recommendations.

CASUAL BOOTS
frye vera slouch

Frye Vera Slouch

Ahh, boots. Durable, comfortable, and stylish. Those of you living in hot, humid climes may want to pass on this option, but for anyone dealing with seasons, a great pair of casual boots will serve you well for most of the year. Boots can add polish to just about any casual ensemble in a way that flats or Mary Janes cannot, in my opinion. Opt for a classic, knee-high pair with a walkable (or non-existent) heel in a versatile neutral. read more

Originally posted 2010-12-20 06:25:30.

Shopping for Basics

How to shop for basics

In my experience, there are two main philosophies of shopping for basics:

  1. Buy new basics gradually as the old ones wear out.
  2. Buy new basics in a big batch, typically every 2-3 years.

Just as every woman has a different set of personal wardrobe “basics,” every woman will have a different set of needs when it comes to procuring those basics. But in my experience, neither of these two commonly-implemented basics-buying methods is ideal. Both prompt the occasional conniption fit, complete with hair-tearing and eye-rolling. Why? Because quality, affordable, well-made, perfectly-fitting basics are a lot like fairies: We’re told they exist, we catch occasional glimpses, but they are nearly impossible to FIND. Especially when we’re actively looking for them. read more

Originally posted 2011-04-05 06:12:11.