I've attended several dressy events lately, including a perfectly lovely wedding in Chapel Hill (ironically, the ceremony was not performed in a chapel), and been privy to some atrocious fashion crimes. Most of us know better than to mix stripes and plaids, but there is one choice in particular that I feel I must address. I realize this may be an unpopular fashion opinion, but here it is:
Wedge heels are tragic.
I realize they're comfortable. So are my skate shoes, but I don't wear those to a banquet. Most of the time, when I see a woman in wedge heels, I think that either she's trying to look much taller than she actually is, or she doesn't know how to walk in heels. And by that, I mean she looks off-balance; wedges actually look more difficult to walk in than regular heels, though I know they aren't.
Supermodels can pull off the wedge. Streetwalkers can pull off the wedge. If you are neither, go with flats, go with a low heel, but I urge you to ditch the training heels. In return, men of the world will promise to forgo the clip-on tie.