How to match your shoes with your clothes

SO, if you were to choose between a diamond ring and fifty pairs of shoes, which would you pick?

The answer is obvious don’t you think? Most women would go after the shoes. They would trade their diamonds for a closet full of shoes am I right? This week, we will look at tips on how to match your shoes with the dress or the clothes you wear.

Here are some tips by website www.stylecraze.com

Peep toes- the easiest way to do this is to remember that peep toes go well with bare legs. So, any dress that is either short or knee length will be a good match.

If you’re not comfortable in stilettos, go with wedges and they can be worn with casual wear too.

Pumps — style like pantsuits, pencil skirts, cigarette pants and long formal dresses. Short dresses with or without sheer stocking look equally great with these. In winters, trench coats or long fur jackets with skinny jeans take this look to the next level.

Stilettos — how different are the pumps from stillettos you ask? Pumps are high heels which are closed, while everything else in high heels fall under this category. These go with pretty much everything-be it formal, casual or party wear.

Small heels- if you’re one of those who has a love-hate relationship with heels, small heels are your best bet that comes closest to giving you the satisfaction of wearing heels. Meet in the middle between the two and get shoes with a tad bit heel. If you’re looking for something that complements your office wear, this is again your savior. It gives you a nice elevated look and spruces up the look for you.

Boots — boots are no more than (just) winter wonders. They add to the charm during the fall season, but they can do more than that. Sport the ankle and knee length ones with a leather jacket and jeans, short dresses or long dresses, cape and skinny jeans, etc. You could probably try anything without forcing it too much. Your choices are limitless.

Gladiators — from being a complicated piece of fashion accessory to a must-have in every fashionista’s shoe closet, these have come a long way. Nude ankle length sandals are your safest bet and matches most dresses.

When I say most dresses-it means something that ends near the calves preferably. The knee length ones with tiable strings go perfectly with boho-inspired dresses and shorts, or also with long dresses with knee length, perhaps. It’s worth mentioning that you can avoid them if you have chunky legs or go with the ones with thicker straps.

Ballerinas- ballerinas and loafers are a blessing in disguise and need no introduction. They go with any dress whatsoever and can never fail you. You can either go with contrast or matching colors, and one dark shade goes with everything.

Slip on shoes — these are considered stylish, comfortable and urbane. Just as the name goes slide them on and you’re sorted. You have neon and fast colors that are such fun. If you can pull them off, go with it. Slip ons and long/short summer dresses are a thing now, among many others.

Colour combinations

Blacks — black goes with everything absolutely. So, invest in a few pairs of black sandals. Boots, stilettos, pumps or wedges these come a long way and will be your rescue rangers on a rainy day. Or if it’s your first pair of a model you’re venturing into black it is!

Matching — The fashion rules are changing. Gone are the days when it was considered uber cool to match every single detail of your dressing. So matching your shoes with the dress, unless it’s black is not so cool anymore. Go for it by all means but do not overdo it, as it’s a trend with one leg at the exit gate. Complementing colors are a big yes!

Colour blocking — If you’re the kind who likes matching your accessories, this works best for you. It needs an eye for details and shows class like nothing ever does. The idea is to choose an outfit and go with contrast colours for all the other accessories. Shoes play a pivotal role in the contrast game! You can get as interesting, wacky or stylish as you want and wear it with attitude.

Prints — a style statement with animal prints is big and elevate your look instantly. Imagine wearing a simple black T-shirt, skinny jeans and a pair of printed sandals. It’s an impeccable combination. But do not overdo the entire outfit with these, if your sandals are printed let everything be muted and subdued. Prints and patterns are a huge hit, don’t miss out on these!

Dos and Don’ts of shoes

* Dos

Go with contrasting or complementing colours

Light coloured dress with light sandals, dark ones with dark colours

Blacks, blues, brown and grey for professional looks

Invest in a good pair of good shoes

Nudes for sequined/embellished dresses

Take seasons into consideration

* Don’ts

Match from head to toe

Mix dark shoes with light coloured outfits

Do red, suede and swanky colours with formals

Go for style over comfort

Wear sparkly shoes over sparkly dresses

Wear whites and flats in monsoon and boots in summer.

Wearing the right footwear can be a deal breaker. Then try spending an entire day wearing uncomfortable shoes.

The trick is to strike a balance between style and comfort.