High heels are painful, and other common misconceptions about fashion

People say the strangest things. And when it comes to the wonderful world of fashion, sometimes people say things that just aren’t true: or not ALL the time, anyway.

We think it’s time to set the record straight on certain matters, so here are some common misconceptions about fashion, and our responses to them…

who says high heels are impractical?

High heels are painful, and no one can actually walk in them

For people who don’t wear heels, it’s almost impossible to understand how on EARTH anyone can walk in them. As far as these people are concerned, high heels are just torture devices, and anyone who claims to find them comfortable is outright lying. “I don’t believe she wore those all day,” they say. “She must have had flats in her bag or something, because no one could walk around in those all day without crippling themselves!”

It’s true that SOME high heels are painful, of course, and it’s also true that not everyone can (or should) wear them. It’s NOT true, however, to suggest that ALL heels are uncomfortable, and that NO ONE can walk in them easily. Not everyone has the same lifestyle or comfort level. Just because YOU would find a particular pair of shoes difficult to walk in, it doesn’t mean no one else could possibly be able to wear them either. Actually, for women who wear heels often, wearing them can become second nature, and they can feel just as comfortable as flats do to you. That’s not to say that all heels are comfortable for all people in all situations: obviously not. But it doesn’t follow that all heels are UNcomfortable, either.

Sunglasses should only be worn in summer: people who wear them any other time are just vain

Why do so many people think sunglasses are a “warm weather only” kind of thing? The clue is in the name: they’re SUNglasses, not HEATglasses, and even in the coldest of climates, it can be sunny at any time of year. (Actually, here in the frozen North, where the Fashion Police HQ is located, the low winter sun is much brighter and more dangerous than the summer sun, hence the need for sunglasses in winter.) As for the “vain” accusation, well, we’re sure there are some people who wear sunglasses purely because they think they look good, but the same could be said for most fashion accessories, and for every person who’s wearing them to “pose” in, there are others who are sensitive to sunlight, or perhaps just really self-conscious about their appearance.

Dresses are more complicated and uncomfortable to wear than other clothes

If you’re a dress-wearer, you probably hear this one all the time. “Why are you so dressed up?”, immediately followed by, “Oh, I just couldn’t be bothered wearing a dress every day!” This totally perplexes us, because unless you’re wearing a dress with some kind of old-fashioned, lace-up corset attached to it (or one that’s a few sizes too small), dresses aren’t actually any more “difficult” to put on than a pair of jeans, say, and they’re not any more “uncomfortable”, either. In fact, many dress fans would argue that the opposite is true: there’s nothing easier or more comfortable than a simple dress!

Skinny jeans can only be worn by skinny people

We’ve said it before, but “skinny” in this context describes the cut of the leg, not the size of the wearer. You don’t have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans: just make sure you’re wearing the right size, and that they flatter your bodyshape -whatever size it is.

Tall women shouldn’t wear heels

Last we checked, there was no law preventing this. We realise that some tall women feel self-conscious in heels, but being tall is nothing to be ashamed of, so if you want to wear a pair of heels then there’s nothing in the world to stop you.

Any fashion misconceptions you’d like to put right?

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12 Comments

  • June 22, 2013

    andrea

    I can’t wear heels anymore because I do find them painful but a few years ago I wouldn’t have been seen dead in anything else, wore them all the time, everywhere. Sunglasses are a must else you’ll squint and get wrinkles. Dresses are the easiest thing ever to wear, no mix and matching tops and bottoms, throw it on, leave the house! Skinny jeans…i’ve tried but honestly, even as a size 10 I feel really fat in them. I’m 5’1″ so not qualified to comment on the heel height.

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  • June 22, 2013

    Aline C

    I think dresses are the most comfortable thing to wear EVER! I’ll pick a dress over pants most of the time. You don’t need to worry if the top matches the bottom and all that jazz, the only “work” that goes into wearing a dress is picking shoes. Some of my friends are uncomfortable with wearing dresses on days where walking is involved, what with legs possibly rubbing together and what not, just wear biking shorts under.. no biggie.

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    • June 22, 2013

      Aline C

      oh and as far as sunglasses go. I have two pairs with me at ALL times, with another pair sometimes in my car. Winter or summer, doesn’t matter… I can’t see without my sunglasses 😛
      I even have a prescription pair for days when I’m too lazy to wear contacts.

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      • June 27, 2013

        Elle

        Yeah I feel like I need sunglasses when people have their high beams / brights on. Owwwwww.

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    • June 27, 2013

      Elle

      I have to wear bike shorts or shapewear bottoms with skirts, and even ensure there is no “drop crotch” or close with pants. I have major rub with the moderate chub I have. As everyone can see, I have sensitive everything, including skin, haha.

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  • June 23, 2013

    Claire

    I so agree about tall women wearing heels! I’m 6’1″ (185cm) and I love to wear high heels anyways. I’m going to wear what I feel good in, no matter how much anyone else complains about feeling short. Besides, they make my legs look great 😉

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    • June 23, 2013

      Leah

      Good for you! I heard heels actually looks more proportional on tall women, so enjoy!
      I am only about 5’6 (167cm) and yet I often feel like I’m towering over everyone else in the room I’m on heels. I still wear them:)

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  • June 23, 2013

    Sonia

    I have all my sunnies polarized and wear them EVEN on foggy days cause it cuts off the foggy glare. Try it, esp when you drive.

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  • June 26, 2013

    andrea

    I think heels are uncomfortable in the same way that any new shoes are uncomfortable – they’re just not worn in yet. That said, I do carry a pair of flats with me for the commute and save the heels for the workplace. As for dresses, well, I love wearing them, but I just tend to forget to sit in a very “ladylike” manner most of the time and I’m afraid I’d end up flashing my cycling shorts to everyone.

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    • June 27, 2013

      Elle

      My old flats still rub blisters into my pinky toes. And standing in anything for a time HURTS.

      Eh, to each her own body. Mine’s tough, or that is not at all tough and makes my life hard. 😉

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  • June 27, 2013

    Elle

    I thought I was going to disagree with you about heels, but you didn’t go THAT far. 😉 I do put arches and multuiple foot petals and still find issue after 5 minutes, but I have no pain tolerance.

    “Sunglasses should only be worn in summer: people who wear them any other time are just vain” Ugh, people think that? Since I lived in Florida for 5 years (not anymore, and I’m happy this way) I got addicted to shades. I loved ’em before too. I know I’m the only one who can’t even be near a big window without putting ’em back on (like when I was inside T-Mobile last weekend) but I really hoped people weren’t judgemental at least – ugh.

    That’s OK, I’m fabulous and they know it. … I just hope they don’t think I do it for the Chanel. Sigh.

    I sometimes say to my hon, “this is a casual dress!” Dresses are easier, so much so that I feel like cheating with too little effort sometimes, but they’re still so cute I love ’em. They are also way more comfortable than jeans and mine would never rub color onto mah bags, so nwah. 😉

    I need to add “short women must wear heels” or “I’m petite so I’m used to wearing heels every day since I was 12.” That’s not why, dear, it’s that you aren’t in self-love with your petiteness.

    Well, heh, I am … and like I said I’m fabulous. 😉

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  • June 27, 2013

    annette tirette

    I wish I could still wear heels, but my back is awful and I found it just wasn’t worth it anymore. Dresses are the easiest thing EVER to wear! You don’t even have to think about pairing them with something else, like with skirts or trousers. I love crazy prints and making them into dresses takes away the problem of matching the crazy print with something else.

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