I love the way they let me get away with a shorter skirt, a more fitted dress -- while I might worry about appearing to ape youth, to try too hard, combining short and/or fitted with a heel, a more serious, flat shoe lends a certain gravitas, no? Not too much, though, thanks to the fun of the spectator's contrast -- or, with my other pair, the gleam of the patent leather.
Here, for example, is a favourite combination: the Helmut Lang dress I snapped up in last year's winter sales -- it's a snug-fitting sweater dress that hits above my knees and has a generously-scooped u-neck. I keep it work-appropriate by wearing opaque black tights and often fill in the deep scoop with a scarf. Here, I've styled it even more simply with a favourite pendant and cuff, my trusty red bag, and my new shoes.
Pater brought me this cuff from a business trip to Russia a few years ago -- the amber is wonderful -- evocative, lively. . .