6-4-18 THIS WEEK: How to Choose the Right Shoes

June 4, 2018, 1:15 pm by MSP


"Shoes might not make the woman, but they sure can make the outfit!" ...MissusSmartyPants


One of the most frequently asked questions I get is... "How do I know which shoes to wear?"  

For example, which style of shoe is right for a wide-legged pant, and what's best for wearing with a pencil skirt? How do you know when you've got it right? 


This week MissusSmartyPants helps you choose the right shoes for every outfit!

Shoe Keeper from Ikea.com


Shoes matter more than you think! It's a proven fact that when people first meet, they check out the other person's complete outfit... from head-to-toe. Think about it...you DO do this; don't you? You notice the other person's footwear (often subconsciously). If that person's shoes aren’t well maintained, you might find yourself questioning whether they pay attention to detail or if they are someone you might not be able to take seriously. The condition of another person's shoes are noticed and examined by others.


FYI: Psychologists from the University of Kansas found that the style, value, color and condition of footwear can paint a picture of the owner's emotional, political and other vital personality traits. It is such a giveaway that in the tests, observers who were shown a picture of a pair of shoes were able to guess a person's characteristics at better-than-chance levels on 45 percent of the dimensions that were measured. In this study, 63 students looked at photographs showing 208 different pairs of shoes belonging to volunteers in the experiment. Each of the volunteers filled in a personality questionnaire and each was told to provide their most commonly worn shoes for the experiment. The observers were asked to look at each pair and guess the gender, age and social status of the owner, researchers reported to the Journal of Research in Personality. This including whether the owner was an extrovert or introvert, liberal leaning or conservative, their emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness. Shoes convey a thin but useful slice of information about their wearers. The results of this study show that "Shoes serve a practical purpose, and also serve as nonverbal cues with symbolic messages." People tend to pay attention to the shoes others wear.

Never under-estimate the "power" of shoes!  What you're wearing on your feet can totally transform your appearance (good or bad). Shoes can brighten up a boring outfit and make it into something wonderful to behold. A fabulous pair of shoes can also make the most inexpensive clothes look more expensive; however on the other hand, scuffed-up ones will quickly bring down the quality of any garment. Think of your shoes as a "completer piece" to any outfit; just like statement jewelry.

This Thursday all 5 Personal Profiles will contain this complete shoe guide. Save it and use it to choose the right shoes for all your outfits. 


Wear the right shoes every time. This week, learn the correct shoe options to wear with wide-legged pants, various skirts, dressy-dresses-and more! No more guessing.

 Find out if you should wear a heeled shoe, or flat one, or if the heel should be skinny or chunky--get it right every time. Don't miss out on this informative guide!


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MSP's Weekly Style Mission

This week's Style Mission should you choose to accept it is: Wear a skirt.


This basic wardrobe item is one of the best 'figure fixers' a woman could own! 

Whether your hips are slim or full and curvy...an A-line skirt makes your figure look fabulous.

Hopefully you already have at least one in your closet. Wear it this week and it will quickly remind you how easy it is to look fab.

Love, Leslie MSP

Want a fabulous skirt that travels well and goes with EVERYTHING? 


What SYSters are Saying


"I Did It!" 

Need a new perspective on life? Simply change your hair! A new hairstyle gives you a whole new perspective on life. Last week’s Style Mission: Change your hairstyle. It's just what you need for the warmer months ahead.

These SYSters below wrote in that they changed their hair and here's what they had to say....


I'd like to encourage your readers to gather their courage and change up their hairstyles. A couple of years ago I took the plunge and what you're suggesting: chopped my hair from nearly shoulder-length to a short, layered bob with bangs. I loved it! My hair tends to lie flat when it's longer and have more life when it's shorter, and bangs really complement my face. I've tried several variations since then and am currently growing it out to shoulder-length again--but I'm definitely keeping the bangs!
Cheers, S.
MSP-I’m a cancer patient-my hair is not supposed to be growing back, but it is!! I used to have shoulder length hair – my wig was a jaw length bob
Hoping you share my joy even if this isnt a great picture! Christine
MSP HERE: Dear Christine,
I feel your joy with your big smile! Congrats on your hair. 
I don't know how you wore your hair prior to cancer treatments, however a short pixie cut is very becoming on you. Perhaps you'll continue to keep it in a short, choppy pixie?
I'm sure others will join me in wishing you good health and fab hair!
Love, Leslie MSP

Dear Leslie,

I finally did IT (slowly and with pain). I've gotten rid of all the clothes that don't fit, colors (now that I know my best colors) that don't work and also--the clothes that look cheaply made. The result? It is sooo much easier to get dressed in the morning! Just about everything coordinates with everything else.

I used to have this weird habit where I wouldn't wear my favorite things to "save them". Now, I only have my favorite things, so it feels like I'm spoiling myself every day. 

Thanks you MSP!!! Jessica


Need help de-cluttering your closet? Set your timers ladies; YOU CAN DO THIS...in just 15 minutes (at a time)!  MSP's Closet Purge help

Wow Leslie!

I can't believe the difference in the clothes from my own closet since receiving my personal profile newsletters.

It has been so amazing to go to my own closet and find "new" clothes. I've altered the way that I put outfits together and what a difference it has made! Twice this week I was asked if I had lost weight and that I looked nice!

I was wearing the same clothes that have been hanging in my closet but instead of trying to hide behind them I gave Missus Smarty Pants a try and followed her advice (I'm a B). 

I even feel like I've lost 10 pounds just by making these simple changes. Thank you, thank you for this "aha" moment and showing me how. I look forward to many more profile newsletters full of tips and guidance!

Fondly, Angela