We have written about the pros and cons of wearing high heels at work on this site many times. According to a new report, it seems that one group is very firmly set against flats. So much so that they are willing to cut off part of their foot to wear their heels more comfortably. There is a growing trend for women to have what’s being called “stiletto surgery” or having their feet surgically altered to be able to wear fashionable shoes more comfortably. More
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Lena Dunham stole the show at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards last night when just a few seconds into her speech she said, “I have to take my shoes off you guys, I’m so sorry.” She then removed her skyhigh Brian Atwood heels and the audience fell in love with her even more. It is these very honest moments that make us think Lena can be the next Nora Ephron, her own version of course, and build an entertainment empire of television, movies, plays and books. More
The Wall Street Journal’s fashion expert Christina Brinkley recently announced that the power suit for women was on its way out and now she says the heel is following in its footsteps (no pun intended.) Even though 30 Rock’s Avery Jessup once said “Flats are for quitters,” it seems that now flats are also for powerful women who want to be able to walk when they are 80. The ” flat is making a play for power,” says Brinkley and we are going to see them in more boardrooms. More
In a new piece by The Hollywood Reporter, female executives in the Hollywood talk about the evolution of power dressing. It used to be all about the power suit but now more fashionable and feminine items are considered just as powerful. “When I got to town in 1989,” says Blair Kohan, now a fashionably dressed partner at UTA, “everybody was wearing these suits. I had one from Ann Taylor. You didn’t get Armani until you got to the top. “I see more expressiveness. Women no longer have to look tough because we are tough.” With the help of some tips from Glamour and others, we came up with a new list of power pieces you need for your work wardrobe.
Last week The Atlantic ran an article by Liza Mundy on the makeup strategy used on the on-air female employees. Though this, let’s call it loud makeup look, isn’t just used on Fox anchors. It is the uniform for every pundit, blogger and in-the-field reporter that graces the Fox airwaves. Chairman Roger Ailes, a broadcasting genius you could argue, is behind the look of the number one cable news network. “He works like a Broadway producer,” said Gabriel Sherman, a journalist working on a book on Ailes. That, Sherman says, is why Fox sets look like stage sets: “The colors are brighter, the camera angles faster. Everything pops on the screen more, everything is eye candy.” Ailes very much follows the theory that makeup is believed to have the power to make people like you better and therefore make you better at your job. But studies also show that in addition to men liking this overdone look (on already very attractive anchors like Megyn Kelly), women like it too, especially conservative ones. We decided to take a look at some of Fox News’s makeup tips for the workplace. More
Clearly Bridget Jones was an outlier in England. According to a new survey by foot care company Compeed questioning 3,792 women in France, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Britain, and found at 3.3 inches, British women wore an average heel height higher than that worn by women in Spain at 3.2 inches, Denmark at 3 inches, Germany at 2.7 inches and France at 2.4 inches. The study attributed heel height to these British women being more confident and assertive. They may not be able to walk by the time they are 50, but their confidence is off the charts right now. More
If you’re the type of lady who runs in stilettos and claims to do chores in your heels, well, then clearly you’re the superior specimen of femininity and I’m endlessly jealous.
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A friend of mine was recently pretty upset about losing money.
Julie bought her own apartment a few years ago, and is now moving to a new city. Since it’s a bad time to sell, she decided to rent the place out. Since she’ll be in a new city, she contracted with a management company to find a tenant. The management company wanted renovations. She hired a contractor.
Then, things started going wrong.
“My mother was big on beauty. She’d say, ‘Anna, how come you look so ugly? You dress like a boy. You not sexy nothing. Anna, fix hair. You cut the hair like a boy.’ She had this ancient view that a woman’s value was wrapped up in her appearance. But I never bought into that pressure to be pretty.”One day I wore a multicolored dress [on Today] and someone asked if I was trying to be Toucan Sam. But I chose it because I thought, ‘This will perk up America.’ I’m encouraged by my bosses to wear these ridiculously high-heel shoes because women say, ‘I love your shoes!’ So if it makes women happy, I’ll wear them. But I’m still going to be me.”
Ann Curry recently said this in an interview with The Ladies Home Journal. The interview was conducted before Ann was fired from her post as anchor on The Today Show but she probably knew what was coming as she was rather candid about her employers in the interview. Now Ann was held to a higher standard than most women because her job was to go on television each morning and tell millions of Americans the news of the day. But the sentiment that heel height and the color of your dress affecting your work abilities is something some working women can relate to, even if they aren’t sitting next to Matt Lauer. We talked to some fashion experts about this. More
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In the latest issue of The Ladies Home Journal Ann Curry claims that a big part of her being fired from The Today Show was because she let her hair go grey, didn’t wear sky-high heels and wore some colorfully loud dresses. This pretty much confirms every fear we have about women being judged unfairly in the workplace. More
On this site we have written a lot about the pressure professional women feel to look a certain way and high heels are a very big part of that. Wearing high heels are a big physical sacrifice for women but they are part of the attire strategy. “Flat shoes are for quitters,” 30 Rock’s Avery Jessup — Jack Donaghy’s Type A successful newscaster wife— once quipped. More