Apparently you CAN judge a woman by her shoes

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, so I tend to rely on judging based on watches and drink orders. But now studies show that you CAN actually judge a girl by what she’s wearing on her feet.

Article retrieved from The Huffington Post.

The old adage goes: “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.” But, according to researchers, you may not have to walk at all to judge a person by his or her shoes.

In a study conducted at the University of Kansas, people were able to accurately judge demographic and personality traits of complete strangers simply by looking at their most frequently worn shoes. It turns out 90 percent of a person’s characteristics can be determined just by examining the style, cost, color and condition of their footwear.

As expected, extroverts wore flashy shoes (Ashanti’s sex shoes come to mind…), wealthy people wore more expensive shoes and conscientious people kept their footgear cleaner. And if you’ve ever thought a girl in ankle boots was aggressive, you’d probably be right.

We were surprised to see that those who wore uncomfortable looking shoes tended to be calm people. The last time we wore 6-inch heels, we weren’t in the most serene mood (but perhaps that’s why they wouldn’t be our most frequently worn pair). Mad respect goes to Jessica Simpson who teetered in stilettos during her third trimester of pregnancy.

The one demographic that participants in the study had a hard time judging? Those with boring shoes. Apparently, those shoe owners described themselves as “aloof and repressive,” had a hard time forming relationships and weren’t able to communicate many of their traits in real-life. (We wonder what this says about Kate Middleton’s nude pumps.)

Whether or not it’s our intention, our shoes are doing much of the talking for us. So if you want to appear more attractive, maybe it’s time you invest in a pair of Kanye’s Nike Air Yeezy II sneakers. Or you can just keep the shoes you already have clean

Wearing nice clothes makes you feel better about yourself

Proof Positive: What You Wear DOES Affect How You Think

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As people who wear many hats (literally), we know that we feel differently when we’re wearing a beautiful outfit, and when we just climb into what’s the most comfortable…and now, we have proof. Scientists part ofThe Journal of Experimental Cognition have been researching the effect that clothing has on the way we think and act, a phenomenon called “enclothed cognition”…and here’s the magical part: You have to be wearingthe clothes for it to take effect. According to the New York Times, if you wear someone else’s white coat and believe it came from a doctor, your ability to pay attention dramatically increases, but nothing happens if you think it came from a painter. “You have to wear the coat, see it on your body and feel it on your skin for it to influence your psychological processes,” Dr. Galinsky said, before he went on to explain how dressing like a pimp on Halloween made him feel more self-assured. We’ll pass on the feather boa and walking stick, thanks — but we’ll go ahead and get those Carven heels now, thank you very much! (NYT)

Bye Shoecide

I’m pretty sure that when Levi Strauss came up with the blue jean he didn’t imagine that the pants he had created to make it more comfortable for farm workers to work in their fields, would progress into a luxury item that every person would have in their closet. I assume the same of the people of Nike, Adidas, Reebok and other sneaker brands who probably never envisioned a sport shoe would become a status symbol as well.

But designers have proved us wrong once again. This season sneakers are not only in, but some of them contain heels and platforms so when they are worn they cause the same effect a stiletto would on a woman’s leg– minus the shoecide. And the prices of these shoes have catapulted way above than a pair of Louboutins would, making them not only trendy but a sort of anti-status symbol that any fashionista should include in her closet.

Here are a few examples of this season’s high end sneakers.

The whole ‘luxury sneakers’ frenzy began with Isabel Marant’s Willow sneakers. These include an inner platform that is not visibly apparent but the effect if causes on a girl’s leg is pretty much the same that a platform sandal would create. Endless amounts of celebrities, fashion bloggers, and trendy girls who can shed $770 for a pair of sneakers have been spotted wearing these Marant shoes.

Miu Miu glitter studded leather sneakers

More Miu Miu

Balenciaga.

Marc Jacobs Wedge Sneakers

Luis Vuitton Sneakers

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More Luis Vuitton

Ysl Sneakers

Maison Martin Margiela cutout sneakers. The perfect hybrid between sneaker and sandal.

See by Chloe Leather & Suede Wedge Velcro Hi-Top Sneaker

Multicolored Marants.

Newsflash

Since I was gone for the most part of May, lets have a little recap about what happened last month.

– Fashion Icon Anna Dello Russo will be designing for HM

-Vogue finally decides to bend its arm and creates a policy, or more like a ban on models that are below their ideal weight (in other words anorexic looking models). Lets see how much they actually stick to their policy.

– Chanel picked a new cover girl. But guess what? Its a boy!

-The Met Ball took place on May 10th in order to inaugurate the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition: Schiaparelli vs. Prada: Impossible Conversations . However I can’t decide what was more worthy of attention, the exhibition itself or the delicious outfits the guest celebrities wore to the event. Here are a few of my top picks.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

 Camilla Belle

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Thank you Lana Del Rey, for always representing us pale girls so beautifully.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Golden girl Jessica Alba.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Personal Fashion Muse: SJP in Valentino.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Amy Adams.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Anja Rubik… I guess hipbones are the new cleavage.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Queen of the sideboob: Gwyneth Paltrow (damn that was hard to spell)

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Karlie Kloss in and with Jason Wu.

Images retrieved from: Fashionista, Refinery29, Vogue UK and The Huffington Post.

Fashion’s Campaign Trail

It seems like fashion advertisers are more creative than ever with this year’s spring campaigns. From Alexander McQueen’s surrealist campaign to Prada’s grace Kelly inspired ads, one could conclude that marketing experts went the extra mile so that no one could say their campaigns were “repetitive.”

However there is one spring campaign that is creating even more of buzz in the fashion world. Diane Von Furstenberg’s spring campaign may be a little hard to understand, yet it has people all over the world talking. It is inspired by Salvador Dali’s surrealist paintings and features a faceless model that has a mirror for a face. Von Furstenberg says the whole reason behind the mirror is so that the person looking at the campaign could envision herself in the dress, instead of the model wearing it. The brand also has a new slogan to go with the new approach to advertising itself, which is: “be the woman you want to be.”  This is a truly inspirational campaign that takes on an innovative approach that has never been seen before.

Prada Grace Kelly


For The Love of Prada

What to get for the girl who has everything?

All of us know someone like her, that girl who has everything. And when it comes to giving her a present our palms start to sweat because we know this task is as difficult as an algebra equation for an Emerson student. Yet, thanks to Prada, this Valentine’s Day it won’t be so hard to get her a gift she will love and- gasp- she won’t already have. This year Prada decided to launch their own line of Valentine’s Day accessories. The collection consists of iPad and iPhone cases, key chains and wallets with hearts all over them. You know nothing says love to a girl like a new addition to her accessory collection… or Prada.