It’s hard to go wrong with a basic black set of heels. They go well with just about everything.
Another superb choice is a pair of beige/nude heels. They seem to go with even more things than black. I am a firm believer that a pair of beige heels are as essential as an LBD in any girl’s wardrobe.
There is one nuance here that is worth considering. Most people say “nude” for this color, but that isn’t really accurate if your skin isn’t white. They’re only nude for white girls, so I say beige. This may sound like semantic quibbling but the reason beige heels are so versatile, is because they match my skin color, and so look more like part of my leg. This feature allows them to “match” regardless of the outfit.Your shoes don’t need to coordinate with your dress if they work with your skin. While a girl of any skin color can certainly wear beige heels, the versatility will be greater if you find a pair that matches your skin color. This doesn’t have to be precise in the way that finding makeup foundation needs to be, just something close. So, as a fashion consideration, if your skin is darker, then a pair of shoes that are closer to your skin color might help them be more versatile. In other words, find the “nude” that works for you.
A third choice takes an opposite approach, go with something that contrasts with everything. I’ve seen some very beautiful and stylish women wearing shoes that contrasted sharply with the rest of their outfit. Think, “all-business-wear-to-work-dress” in white, with bright red or pink heels. This is a fun way to wear a more conservative outfit, but still throw in some fun. Coordinating the shoes with a clutch, purse, scarf, or brooch can balance it out.
This is getting long really quickly! but another thing to consider is where you’re at in dressing and what you want your goals to be. I go to work en femme regularly, so my wardrobe tends to be professionally oriented. I have limited storage space and budget so finding one pair of shoes that is professional and versatile is more important and more doable than a huge collection of once in a lifetime shoes. If you’re dressing up at home and content with that, then buying a fantasy pair of shoes makes sense. If you’re primarily interested in walks around the park or shopping in the mall, then some strappy sandles with a chunky heel will be way more comfortable than teetering stilettos. I do a lot of sitting at a desk with walks to the watercooler and colleague offices, so a higher set of heels that make a lovely clicking sound in the hallway are my favorite. I also love the feel of an ankle strap, so it’s a design element I always look for. Get what you like and what will fit with the kind of dressing you like most and the kind of places you want to go dressed up.
First and foremost, buy something that will be fun to wear!
- This reply was modified 3 weeks ago by Sarah Kanter.