It might be because I never reached the height required to fulfill my childhood dream of becoming a supermodel, but I hate wearing flats. That doesn’t mean I don’t wear flats, I just try to avoid them at all times. Unless last night’s party has left me unable to walk properly, or I’ve got all-day errands to do by foot, I’m in heels. What I’m saying is, if you want style advice from Gracie Carroll, she would tell you to never try to go fancy in flats. My outfit issues usually stem from the opposite problem, most often: “How can I pull off my ‘just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-into-whatever-was-lying-on-the-floor’ look as more fancy?” The answer? Add heels. Better yet, add “heels” that come in the form of platform sandals that are basically elevated flat shoes. Technically, this magical shape of a shoe solves both types of fancy outfit problems discussed here. Yay!

Gracie’s wearing: Vintage army jacket, Pretty Freedom. T-shirt, Marc by Marc Jacobs. Skirt, Diepo. Shoes, Tory Burch. Sunglasses, Buffalo Exchange. Vintage bag, Upside Dive.

(Style Panel as seen on FASHION, images by Steven Lee of