Anne Dofelmier is a personal stylist and the creator of Daily Fashion Muse
, the go-to resource for styling ideas and tips to up your wardrobe game.
We recently asked Anne about her approach to styling and got her advice on shopping for fashionable, functional footwear. Here's what she had to say: Can you tell us a little bit about your interest in fashion? How did you become so passionate about style?
My interest in fashion came about when I realized the power that my clothes gave me. I am naturally quite shy and used to dress in a way that would not draw attention. As I began to experiment with style, I noticed how much power and confidence certain pieces of clothing gave me. Suddenly, people were reacting to me differently and as a result, I was becoming more confident. My fashion choices became bolder and the bolder they became the more I noticed I could command the control of the room. My clothing became my suit of armor where I could be anyone I wanted to be within it. Who are your fashion muses? Who inspires you?
I am often asked what inspired my new fashion choices. The truth is there wasn't a designer that piqued my interest, but rather all the street style that was flooding the internet. These were real women that I could identify with making big fashion statements. I loved it and wanted to be part of it. What's your philosophy on fashion? How do you approach styling for your clients?
The way I approach styling is that I treat it like I am creating a work of art. First, you need to think about the silhouette that you want to create. It's about finding a balance between the hips and the shoulders and defining a waistline. From there I begin playing with color and textures. I help my clients discover what is uniquely beautiful about them and then we work to accentuate it. So often women fixate on what they do not like about themselves instead of celebrating what makes them unique. What is your definition of a well-dressed person? What makes someone stylish?
My definition of a well-dressed person is someone who owns what they are wearing. They look and feel confident. They understand fit and how their clothing should drape on the body. A stylish person also uses what I like to call the "finishing piece." This is the one thing that finishes the outfit. It could be a piece of jewelry, a scarf, a bag, or even a jacket. It creates an element of surprise that intrigues the eye and may even catch it off guard. How can we mix style with comfort?
The first reaction I often get when talking to people about developing their style is that they just want to be "comfortable." I'm not sure why, but so often people equate being stylish with being uncomfortable. Nothing could be further from the truth. When your clothes fit you properly, they are comfortable. Sometimes that involves a tailor and that is just a fact of life. We can't all be fit models. And it is a rare occasion when a structured piece of clothing fits every part of your body perfectly. Invest in a quality piece and get it tailored. You will find that you repeatedly reach for that piece of clothing and the cost per wear speaks for itself. Fabric choice can make a world of difference between comfortable and uncomfortable as well. Natural fibers will breathe and shape better to the body as opposed to synthetics. How should women who spend a lot of time on their feet approach shopping for footwear that's both fashionable and comfortable?
When it comes to shoes, comfort is key. And if your lifestyle requires you to be on your feet all day, all the more reason for comfortable shoes. Now before you go and slip into your sneakers, know that comfortable stylish shoes do exist and they can even come in the form of a heel.
A few tips...Invest in your shoes. They take you places. Leather will mold to form to your foot creating your own custom shoe. Make sure the shoe fits your foot. That means the straps are laying across the foot not loose with gaps, the heel doesn't slip, and the toe box works for your shape of feet. Place a foot pad in the ball of the shoe to be a shock absorber. Have a cobbler attach rubber soles if your shoes don't already have them. Consider a wedge or a block heel. It gives you more surface area to stand on. I am personally obsessed with anything with a mid block heel at the moment. I get a little bit of height and a lot of comfort. What are some of your favorite types of shoes that combine both style and comfort and support? What trends do you wish would move on?
Some of my favorite shoe trends right now are anything velvet, over the knee boots, ankle booties and loafers. But there is one shoe trend that I wish would stop. I have never been a fan of Birkenstocks. Perhaps it is because I received my degree from one of the hippie capitals of the world and it seems it was the only shoe anyone owned. At any rate, I am ready for it to go away. Any final pieces of advice to women who need help developing their personal style?
If there was one more piece of advice I would give to women it is to love and appreciate yourself and your body right where you are at this very second. Not 10 pounds ago, not before you had wrinkles, but right now. Appreciate what your body has done for you and stop berating yourself because it has gone through some changes. You need to see the beauty in yourself before others can see it. And finally, never say to yourself "I can't wear that." Style is 10 percent what you wear and 90 percent the attitude with which you wear it. Looking for stylish shoes that offer more stability? Take Anne's advice and try out a wedge. Shop all booties today.