24 February 2012

Comfort as a Luxury

I think we are all pretty familiar with the idea that sometimes comfort takes a backseat to looking good. Between the platforms, girdles, tucks, pushups, shapers, zippers, stilettos, it is a wonder we can look so polished and calm through the day.

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My favorite go-to piece for feminine torture are high heels. My toes have resigned themselves to being smashed up during the day and my ankles know they will almost always be cold - and occasionally stabbed by an errant heel. I'm typically most comfy in 3-inchers but I've sported my share of heels in the 4-5 inch range - as long as the heels are stacked and I can go slow, I have a chance of surviving the day. Granted, I do keep a pair of flats under my desk at work and as soon as I get home ... feet freedom.

I am also almost always cold in general, whether it be 30 degrees or 80 degrees out. And while I loathe being cold, slim jacket sleeves and pretty silky frocks aren't conducive to overlayering so I am kind of all-the-time borderline close to goose bumps.

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My last item of style-over-comfort is the pencil skirt. I used to avoid them because I mildly resembled a dog with the leash wrapped around its legs when I try to walk in them. Going up the stairs required me to kind of swing my hips and almost cross and uncross my legs as I advanced up. While the silhouette is oh so flattering, don't even think about having a big lunch or being particularly mobile that day. But I do have a bunch of pencil skirts. And they are oh so flattering. So what's a girl to do ...

What I refuse to do for the sake of fashion though, is wear a shaper. The idea of being sucked and tucked in like sausage in a casing is enough to turn me off, plus I want to feel the clothes I am wearing and can't do it if I have a shaper on underneath. Skin-touch is important to me because it lets me know that things are where they should be. It's like when you wear tights - with them on, you can't feel whether or not there's skirt covering your backside or you're just free-mooning the world.

What is your pain threshold for style? What do you typically endure for the sake of fashion and what's your limit? Or do you value comfort above all and will not compromise?

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Jacket: Zara trf printed (sim here, here, here, cropped, cropped)
Shirt: LEC floral poplin (worn here - sim short-sleeve here, sleeveless, black)
Jeans: J.Crew destroyed matchstick (worn here - sim here, here)
Shoes: Zara cap-toe court (worn here - sim here, blue, flats)
Belt: J.Crew embossed (sim here, here)
Brooch: Blinkeye via Etsy (worn here - sim here)
Bracelet: F21 stud (sim here, luxe)

48 comments:

  1. Lis! Loving that awesome blazer and the bold print mixing. You know I've dying to get a big flower broach forever, but in desperation one morning I just improvised with earrings, have a look: www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

    xoxo
    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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    1. It's the wannabe Carrie Bradshaw in me that won't go away - I love the big flowers!

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  2. I love the polka dot and floral print pattern mixing in this look! I don't usually don't wear heels to the office since I prefer a 4 inch heel...I'd much rather wear flats here than wind up with blisters.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  3. I do not wear any shaping garments. Ugh, the thought just turns me off. I wear heels 95% of the time. Love those Zara shoes!

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  4. I don't really have a pain threshold, but a comfort one - In the summer I REFUSE to be hot - since I regularly have to walk our grounds in the summer (not to mention across our parking lot), so I avoid heavy fabics. Similarly, in the winter I rarely wear heels - slipping on a patch of ice is not worth it to me.

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    1. I would so rather be cold than hot. Especially in the dead of August - you could not wear less and it is stick hot as all get!

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  5. You're a tiny little thing, so you definitely don't even need a shaper. LOL :) I, on the other hand, wear a shaper if I'm wearing a shift dress or something else form fitting. Even then, I'm not always happy with how I look. I LOVE the way heels look, but I hardly wear them b/c I have foot pain frequently enough!

    http://bestdressedinthenest.tumblr.com

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    1. I may be shorter than normal, but I know better than to wear knits that are too slinky - I've got bumps and lumps and not all in the right places either!

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  6. Love this look Lisa and the post! It's gross, but I'm pretty sure my feet are permanently morphed from squeezing my wide feet into narrow heels. But, does that stop me? Apparently not.

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    1. Not gross, girl, I bet everyone is nodding and agreeing!

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  7. I am so used to "suckin' it up" for fashion that its not even funny! Like you said, mostly in the shoe department...I can relate to the smashed toes! However, I have to draw the line at the shapers. I've worn them once(or twice)...miserable! No way could I do that everyday! and if I did, I think that I would be so grumpy, no one could stand me. :o)

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    1. I feel like they make me feel too squeezed in and uncomfortable and I have to fiddle with it all the time! I give you props in the shoe department, girl, because you rock all those J.Crew heels - and though they are gorgeous, I find J.Crew shoes not at all comfy!

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  8. I'm always in heels, I love them. Ditto a belt, even if it makes me sit up straight(er) all day.

    I tend to wear a soft, snuggly scarf every single day. Or at least have one in my purse, just in case. It's amazing what a pashmina can do for a chilly office. Recommended! :)

    xox

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    1. I recently started leavin a scarf/wrap at the office. I would find my neck and shoulders all scrunched up through the day because my neck was cold - it was painful and not at all stylish!

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  9. You look darling. I'm not complaining, but I have a cautionary tale that I am compelled to share. I used to wear heels to an office job, everyday, for years. I'd go for 30 minute walks at lunch - in heels. Not super high heels, but at least 3" - in poorly made shoes which was all I could afford. I've plantar fasciitis twice, bunion surgery and will likely need another surgery this year on the same foot. My doctor believes that all of these issues are a result of damage done, over time, from pointy toed high heels and flat flats that had no arch support. My podiatrist is on speed dial and I have his email address memorized - which totally sucks because I love shoes! I will not wear matronly shoes but have resorted to wearing "comfort" brands because I walk a lot and refuse to be in pain. Anyi Lu is a favorite brand but very expensive. I love Paul Green and Amalfi-also pricey, but well made and comfortable. Please be careful in your heels and be sure you are giving your feet a rest from them. You have such a wonderful sense of style and will really be bummed if you can't wear cute shoes with your darling clothes - believe me - I've been there. I hope I didn't over share here - but the Mom in me couldn't help it.

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    1. I have to go to a lot of trade shows for work and I am on the eternal search for truly comfortable but stylish heels. I appreciate all your recs, I need to look these guys up!

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    2. My sister is a PT and she's told me that heels = bunions over the long haul. Thanks for your suggestions. Any other brands???

      :) Jen

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    3. :) Jen I just bought a pair of John Fluevog shoes and they are very comfortable. The have cute heels, lots of funky styles, flats, oxfords, boots and sandals. There is a fairly large selection online if you don't live near a store. The prices are in the mid to high $200s and up, especially for boots. One of my clients, who has had foot issues and surgeries has 6 pairs for Fluevogs and she loves them.

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    4. I just finished reading a book called "Bad Shoes and the Women who love them" by Leora Tanenbaum. It's about the history of heels, the pyschology behind the idea that heels are sexy and of course the damage that heels can cause. Even at 1.5 inches, heels change your posture and gait, and exert a lot of pressure on your feet. Now, 1.5 in is considered really low because women are now walking in 3 inch+ heels. I'm not suggesting you stop wearing heels but would recommend getting the book so you learn how to ensure your feet stay healthy. It's also got a list of brand suggestions at the back. It's a small book, witty, well written and you'll be glad you read it!

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  10. i'm trying to get myself into the habit of wearing heels, because lets face it there are so many cute styles out there. 3 inches is as high as i'd go. i wear flats to work and then change into heels (since i walk about a mile to/from).

    laurafornerphotography.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh yeah, I am just walking to and from the car here, haha! Back when I lived in NY, I was all about the flats or really comfy wedges, since I had to walk 20 minutes to the train, probably stand the whole time on the subway, then walk to school from there!

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  11. I have to say I mainly stick to what I'm comfortable with. My pain threshold will prob be a pair of heels as most days I will wear flats to work as I walk around a lot haha. Love your polka dot shirt! I think I'm having an obsession towards polka dots now! Though nothing beats stripes haha

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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    1. I do adore the dots but I always always get the stripes first. I have one drawer of knits and tees and at least half of it is stripes!

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  12. You look gorgeous, first of all. Secondly, I think I will give up a little comfort but I draw the line at being warm. I definitely can not go around with bare legs in the Minnesota winter. Maybe one day I will get used to this cold (which btw, hasn't been too bad this season) but for now, I will stick to trying to look half decent while keeping a normal body temp. Other than that, cute > comfy :)

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    1. Ooh, MN, that is a whole different world of cold from the SE!

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  13. Love love LOOOVE your blazer with the polka dot shirt! You look gorgeous!!

    I'm almost always very practical with what I wear. I'm infamous for pairing tank tops with shorts when it's really really hot because let's face it...too much skin is a lesser evil than sweat spots, right!!!???? haha! I like heels and don't have a problem with them, and I suspect it's because I change outfits throughout the day. I work out/teach a class in the morning--shower get dressed, run errands, pick up kiddos--change into 2nd workout outfit and teach/workout again. So most of the day I'm in sneakers.

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    1. If I'm going to be out and about during the summer, I so have to be careful on what I wear because of sweat spots! Oh the horror of trying to look all pretty and polished and them show a big back of sweat when I turn around, haha!

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  14. Lisa,
    Your complexion looks glowing! And not in a neon kind of way. I love the shoes and have seen them in a few blogs. Are they comfy? Oh, temptation, temptation.

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    1. These shoes KILLLED me the first few times I've worn them, but now that that they're broken in, my toes are still smashed but they actually feel pretty OK. However, they are a 4" heel with no platform ...

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  15. You look so pretty Lisa!! The color and print of this jacket is just fabulous on you !!!

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  16. You look lovely, so fresh... esp your smile!

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  17. Love jacket, you look so lovely!!:)

    www.diary-of-mia.blogspot.com

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  18. I have to stop coming by your blog because I always want everything you are wearing! You are killing me (but in the best way)!

    I do my best to dress for comfort and style - if I am not comfortable I can be grumpy. And while I love wearing heels, I have limited their use because they tighten my hamstrings too much and my yoga suffers. So I guess I am yoga before style ;)

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  19. I'm always cold too! I'd say my shoes are my torture device as well... love that jacket on you, so cute!

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  20. Your jacket is absolutely adorable! I love the print so much.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
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  21. Love your outfit. As usual!

    I wear a lot of tailored pieces because they are most flattering to my lean, semi-petite frame. However, I often feel suffocated! I'd ever so much prefer to wear a caftan with funky flat boots topped with an oversized jacket. But while I might be able to pull this look off in certain venues, it's not something that matches my lifestyle and work. ** sigh **

    Sometimes I think I ought to throw caution to the wind and wear whatever the heck I feel like wearing. The thought is tempting! But I don't currently have the courage to stand out like that.

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  22. You look adorable! Great shoes too
    xoxo
    SC

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  23. Girl, you've got some fabulous pattern mixing going on this outfit!

    I will sacrifice a few sore toes for a beautiful shoe. As long as I can stand awhile and sit when needed, I'm good!

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  24. This is a motto my mother taught me growing up, no lie-"sometimes you have to suffer to be beautiful". This was said as she was brushing out my uber long curly red hair to put in pig tails. To this, I carry this motto forward. I will always choose a high heel over a flat and wear my spanx with pride. It feels so natural now that when I am not doing either of those things, I feel "off".

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  25. lately i've been wearing lots of men's sweaters and button downs.... totally opting for comfort!

    love the florals!

    http://dallianceswithsuitsandskirts.blogspot.com/

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  26. I think like most, for me it's high heels.

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  27. Lovely mix of patterns and that floral jacket is so cheerful. :)
    I am a wimp when it comes to suffering for fashion! I only own wedge heels, can't stand being cold, and prefer buying clothes with stretch. I get grumpy when I'm cold or my feet hurt!

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  28. T_T my pain threshold is...non existent. sobs. i can't endure anything :(
    this is why i can't wear cute shoes.

    adore your color & pattern combo in this outfit

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  29. How adorable is this outfit?! So whimsical. Yet so pulled together.

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  30. That is a great jacket!!! Love the colors in it! Oh gosh, I wish I had your figure that I didn't have to wear shapers. HAHAHA You lucky girl! I hate them and wear the best...Spanx! HaHa They get the job done, but ugggh! Suckkkkkkkkk literally! hahaha

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  31. Love love love your blazer! It looks so perfect on you and I love how you styled it!

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