The Perfect Shoes for your Outfit

Jun 18th 2015 at 4:01 AM

Did you know that the average woman has twenty pairs of shoes in her closet? Everything from sandals to ballet flats to stiletto heels and wedges; women love to pay as much attention to their footwear as they do to their clothing, if not more.

We shop in store and online, and thanks to the internet it’s now possible to, with a few clicks of a mouse, design your own shoes.  Regardless of the array of options, however, if the shoes and the outfit are not complementary, the whole look is doomed to fail.

Here are some simple tips to help you get the shoes right for your outfit!
Your shoe should complement your outfit (or vice versa) and never compete with it. Balance is key: if you’re wearing a statement shoe, choose an understated outfit and let your footwear do the talking. If your dress is the star of the show, choose a neutral or subtly complementary shoe.

Make sure your shoes are appropriate to the occasion.  Even the most fabulous shoes will not work if they are not suited to the arena in which they’re worn. Sky high, blinged-up stilettos and glamorous evening shoes are not for office-wear. Open toes are not for corporate wear either. Thongs always belong on the beach or by the pool. NEVER wear white runners with jeans, unless you want to be mistaken for an American tourist (just as socks with sandals scream “European tourist”!)

Here is a simple guide:

Casual or Day Wear – ballet flats, flat or low-heeled sandals, espadrilles, wedges, stylish sneakers
Office or Workplace– classic pumps or peep toe pumps. Stacked heel or wedge. Open toes depend on the culture of the individual workplace.

Beach – thongs or casual slip on sandals – always flat! This is not the place to break out the heels or wedges!

Evening/ Dressed Up – high heels, stiletto heels, strappy sandals, strappy wedges, with embellishments, colours and lots of metallic or jewelled bling!
Wear shoes for the season you’re in. Sleek shoes work with lighter outfits; heavier shoes are best for cold weather clothing. Those clunky black boots will not look right with a light summer frock! Strappy sandals or wedges worn with a pair of jeans and a winter sweater will look all wrong as well.

Black has its place, and black shoes are versatile and “safe”; year round black is boring. Mix it up a little!

Never wear heavy black shoes with pastels or with floaty clothing.
Wear brown shoes with other earthy tones

Cream or white shoes work well with summery clothing or jeans
Nude shoes work beautifully with almost everything

Looking put together is as simple as repeating a colour or tones of a colour just once. If your shoe doesn’t match a colour in your outfit, try for the same colour family – deep tones or light tones – or try to have a complementary accessory.  There is no need to match shoes with handbags or belts.

Go online and design your own shoes – you will be guaranteed a unique look which always stands out for the right reasons.

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