Matching Your Shoes with Your Outfit

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Matching your shoes to your outfit is the name of the game. For years we left the look of the dip dyed shoe with matching dress to the world of bridal fashion, but this is no longer the case. Street style fashionistas dominate and they are demonstrating that matching your shoes to your outfit is more chill than Aunt Bea’s jello mold. In fact, the best way to wear it these days is the more you match the better. Match head-to-toe or go monochromatic, but match, match, match.

Look around and you will find coordinated power dresses paired with the same colour shoes, and don’t hesitate to throw on a matching blazer over top. Try matching a two-piece outfit with its twin tone on your feet.  And while you are at it, how about doing a monochromatic nail as well.

matching shoes

Jumpsuits have never been more in and they are best set off with matching shoes. For those that are a little shy with colour, simply aim to match your bottom (by that I mean your pants, skirt, shorts, etc.) with your shoes. Keeping the eye going is the goal and assures the outfit maintains a 2015 vibe.

matching shoes

 

matching shoes

matching shoes

matching shoes

We first started to see the look of matching shoes to gown during the 2015 awards seasons. Multiple starletts chose to do the top-to-toe matching colour look rather than breaking it up. Emma Stone and Rosemund Pike are two that come to mind. So it’s no wonder this look is translating into the every day. Some examples that I suggest are an emerald green dress with emerald green shoes, a cobalt jumpsuit with cobalt blue shoes, a red dress with red shoes is always a win, or take a coral two-piece skirt and top and find its colour mate in the shoe world. For those that feel slightly shy to take on the bold colours, pick up an oxblood coloured shoe and pair it with Merlot pants, dress or gauchos.

matching shoes

The good news is the look is super easy and takes little thought when it comes to what shoe will work best with this outfit. No more looking in your closet and wondering if I should pair my outfit with the bone, nude, cognac, navy or black? Instead, lets pick door number 3 and opt towards matching the look. The bad news is that it could set you back a pretty penny with all the endless colours available. If  you are anything like me, I have just about every colour the human eyeball can differentiate in my wardrobe. I believe it comes in at around 10,000. Okay, I’m not that sick, but I do love me some colour. Don’t you agree that colour is instant happiness? The other downside is it will take up a lot of closet real estate. If you ever thought of getting that PAX wardrobe, now would be the time.

matching shoes

matching shoes

matching shoes

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How do you match your shoes to your outfit and not risk looking like you stepped back in time?

  • Aim to select a hue that is just a hint deeper or paler than your outfit. The colours should match, but trying to get it identical runs the risk of clashing. Select just a hue richer or softer for a sure win.
  • Go monochromatic and pair together a paint swatch worthy combination of hues.
  • Think in terms of texture. By adding multiple textures to  your outfit, the look becomes visually interesting and the matchy-matchy becomes less obvious. For example, do a top-to-toe coral two-piece outfit in tweed and select a leather or suede shoe for a beautiful contrast. Or mix-up three versions of navy. Take a navy lace top, pair it with navy, silk, slouchy pants, and pair it with a navy leather shoe. Take textural inspiration in your footwear, such as faux-croc stiletto done in a colour.
  • The simpler the better. Aim to select shoe basics like strappy sandals, stilettos and ballet flats. Go for classic looks to make it work best.

Carolyn Bissett
www.thefashionfix.ca
@Carolyn843

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