In Paris I had a eureka moment.
We were having tea with Ines de la Fressange, creative director of Roger Vivier and one-time face of Chanel.
When she said designing shoes is a game of millimeters, I knew I had found my new mantra.
Dressing well is a game of millimeters.
You know our rules: no chest pockets, no jeggings, no buckles or t-straps on your shoes. But you also know when we have you face-to-face in your closet or a fitting room, we talk about breaking the rules correctly.
Case in point. Roger Vivier knows how to put a buckle on a shoe without channeling yon Pilgrim days of ole.
This buckle draws the eye down, widens the foot and is just plain unattractive.
Ahhh, a triple whammy done well: ankle strap at narrowest part of ankle bone, thin t-strap and perfectly proportioned buckle, designed to perfection. Makes the feet look pretty and feminine instead of heavy and cumbersome.
Another example. Ill-placed chest pockets and epaulets can add a bra size, distort the torso and give you line-backer shoulders. Or, done well, you can be spot-on with the safari trend.
These ill-placed pockets are too high, too small, and have a button closely approximating what dimmers are made for.
Carine Roitfiled wearing an Equipment blouse in a neutral tone with non-statement making pockets buttoned-down to control volume.
And let's not forget the dreaded jegging. It becomes a flattering jodphur when you channel Jackie O's equestrian get-ups and the sporting life instead of tweens jumping on a trend.
Hilary Duff. Inverted triangle - can you see it?
An elegant equestrian look without being too literal. Leave the crop and helmet at home.
You know it's true. Why does someone look amazing in a skinny jean and flat and someone else looks like a mom trying too hard to look like her teen-age daughter?
It's all a game of millimeters, isn't it?
Allow us to help you. We specialize in the millimeters. Email us today and be sure to check out our website. We have many exciting Spring events and announcements just for you in the works - stay tuned!
All the best,