In everyday life we all have our fashion hang-ups. From a fear of mixing black and brown to working a super-short skirt with sky-high heels, the history of our anxieties is almost as interesting as the history of the clothes and accessories themselves. Dr. Anna Akbari is a professor of sociology at NYU with a specialization in art and design history. She also moonlights as a “thinking person’s stylist” for her own company, Closet Catharsis.
This week, Dr. Anna is (literally) kicking off the start of summer with a historical look at high heels and how you can overcome your fear of them while still reaching new heights. Click through the slideshow above for a quick fashion primer and some sound style advice.