18 Chic Pairs of Fall Heels for Every Budget
You change every part of your wardrobe for fall. Shorts are swapped for jeans, t-shirts traded for comfy cardis, cozy knits and jackets. The only thing you haven’t changed yet is your shoes. There’s tons of trendy options for fall footwear, from ankle boots to lace ups to over-the-knee stunners, but even so, some of us here at Brit + Co prefer to stick with heels. Check out our 18 picks ranging from classic pumps to stiletto-heeled booties that fit both your feet and your budget, whatever that may be.
1. ASOS PROGRESS High Heels ($57): What would fall fashion be without a few animal prints here and there? Show off your wild side in some sexy pumps.
2. Faux Suede Stiletto Sandals ($30): These heels provide just enough coverage to work as a fall shoe, especially when paired with gem tone tights, but would also look cute no matter what the season. Talk about bang for your buck.
4. Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ Cork Pump ($695): These shoes are fit for a dream closet, and we can totally justify a splurge here and there. The use of cork with confetti-like bursts of color makes these pumps super versatile (um, and they’re Manolos… a girl can dream).
5. New Look Cruella Pointed Heeled Ankle Boots ($57): You know heeled boots are badass when they have “Cruella” in the name. Plus those acrylic heels are to die for.
6. Seychelles Great Beyond Heels ($128): These hyper patterned pumps are super classy, and bonus: super comfortable. Wear them to your end-of-year office party with a slinky slip dress or with boyfriend jeans running errands.
8. ASOS PRACTICED High Heels ($76): Metallic accessories accent autumn colors beautifully. And obviously, they add a pop of shine to your footwear.
9. Matiko Darcy Heeled Boot ($158): These sleek suede ankle boots will literally go with everything you own. ‘Nuff said.
10. Walk the Fe-Line Tan Leopard Ankle Strap Heels ($38): A leopard print toe with snakeskin-textured heel? Bring on the fierce.
11. Rachel Zoe Silvam Booties ($425): Rachel Zoe certainly knows how to design a chic pair of booties. They may be a bit spendy, but hey, the muted hue and pointed silhouette will take you through fall and back year after year.
12. Schutz Noire Nubuck Booties ($180): The deep plunge on these booties makes them look instantly sexy. The vintage-inspired style and deep wine color make them a gorgeous fall pick.
13. Wild Hearts Heel ($220): This strappy heel-bootie hybrid is everything we want in a fall shoe. Rich color, tons of texture and enough attitude for a don’t-mess-with-me stomp.
14. Jessica Simpson Faina Mauve Kid Suede High Heel Booties ($115): We’re all about these heels: Everything from the peep-toe to the curvy cutouts to the belted accents makes these babies our dream pair.
15. Suede Boots ($80): A solid colored bootie is great for anchoring an outfit, but the dusty navy hue makes sure this pair won’t go unnoticed.
16. Meridian Heel ($148): We love this two-toned slip on heel. It could easily be worn casually with jeans or dressed up for the office with a colorful pencil skirt.
17. Steve Madden Grrand Natural Snake High Heel Booties ($129): Every fashion maven should have a show-stopping bootie in her closet. You’ll be unstoppable in these snakeskin-heeled ones with a silvery finish.
18. Color blocked Faux Suede Heels ($28): We’re major fans of color blocking, especially when it comes to fashion. This blush pink + black combo is perfect for elegant occasions.
Which heel is your favorite? How do you change up your footwear for fall? Talk to us in the comments.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com