STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Chunky Heel

Style Advice of the Week

Most Fashionistas adore wearing heels whenever they can, however when winter rolls around, it can be hard to find a pair of heels that are chic yet practical when taking on the icy, snowy conditions. One slip on a patch of ice will have any Fashionista truly considering sticking to their trusty boots until spring. But with holiday parties around every corner during the winter months, heels are necessary to create the perfect festive ensemble.

When choosing the perfect heel for any occasion during the winter months, Fashionistas take note: your choice must be cute (obviously) yet practical. While stilettos are so tempting, they aren’t the safest choice when battling a sidewalk freshly coated in ice. To avoid sacrificing fashion for practicality, some Fashionistas choose to wear boots while heading to festivities, carrying their heels of choice in a handbag until it is safe to put them on. This is a tried and true option.

However, this Fashionista is proof that there are heel choices that are both chic and winter-weather proof. She has chosen a chunky-heeled boot to spice up her casual outfit for a day of post-Christmas shopping. Her bootie is neutral in color—perfect for wearing with outfits of any color scheme. While some associate a chunky heel with a casual look, heel trends are evolving. More and more, we are seeing chunky heels take over the runway in the place of platforms stilettos. J.Crew and Nine West have recently chosen to thicken their heels in order to benefit working Fashionistas who are constantly on the go and in need of a comfy heel.

Combined with the perfect boyfriend jean, a patterned button-up, a neutral scarf and a crossbody bag, she is fully prepared for fighting crowds of people at the mall. With this chicly-chunky heel and the perfect peacoat in a bold mustard hue, this Fashionista is ready to take on not just the mall, but the ice and slush in the parking lot too!

Lani-engstrom@uiowa.edu

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