Pick comfy shoes when you can
“When putting your best foot forward, my biggest advice is to make comfort key,” says Jackson. Chunky blocked heels are perfect for long-wear days, because your body weight is evenly distributed throughout the shoe, she says. You can likely get away with a few extra inches when reaching for a pair with a thicker heel. “But if skinny pumps are your thing, sticking to one- to two-inch heights helps maintain balance. If you are walking with caution in three-inch heels, save them for a night at the theater,” says Jackson.
Keep your nails clean
If you’re going to wear a statement cocktail ring, or even multiple thin bands, make sure your fingernails look just as good. “Even if you don’t have time for a full mani, do a quick polish change, or take a file and clean up the shape so all 10 fingers are even and neat,” advises Wendy Lewis of Beautyinthebag.com. If you have no time for color, go with a combination base/top coat to keep nails protected and strong to prevent snags and breakage,” Lewis advises. Short nails are in, so choose from oval or square with round corners to prevent breakage. “A chipped mani or unkempt nails will be the focus of attention, not your oversized ring,” the blogger adds. (Related: Here’s what your nail color reveals about you.)
Don’t be too matchy-matchy
The days of your shoes having to match your handbag perfectly are long gone, says Courtney Hammonds, a fashion stylist, author, and the program coordinator for The Art Institute of Atlanta’s Fashion Marketing & Management & Fashion Design programs. Hammonds suggests wearing a statement bag in this season’s Pantone signature color with a different color shoe to make your overall look appear fresh and modern. Carrying a slouchy plum-colored bag with nude or animal print heels is totally acceptable or try a bright clutch and black peep toes to turn heads. (Related: Learn these 11 tricks to make your shoes last longer.)