Whether you're dressing for an elegant black tie event, a casual house party or a fun backyard barbecue with family and friends, putting on the right pair of shoes is the perfect way to set off your party dress. Because shoes can be paired with dresses, bottoms and tops in endless combinations, changing the style or color of your shoe is an easy way to revamp the look of an entire outfit. A pair of dressy heels can add a classy touch to a pair of jeans, for example, and modest one-color flats can balance out a loud or busy print on your skirt. Swapping out your shoes is the perfect way to change the character of your party outfit, whether it's a casual or formal event.
Certain styles of shoe just go well with certain dresses. If you're trying to lengthen the look of your legs with a narrow skirt, you can achieve even more length with a pair of stiletto heels. Make sure to avoid stilettos and pumps with ankle straps, though, as the horizontal line of the strap can visually cut off your ankle and make your leg look shorter. The length of the skirt matters, too. If you're wearing a dress with a skirt that ends above the knee, a shorter heel or a pair of flats will complement them well. This combination is good for taller women who are trying to balance out their greater height. With their long, flowing skirts, maxi dresses just beg to be paired with a flat-heeled sandal for the perfect summery look.
When it comes to picking out a color of shoe, the classic way to pair shoes and dresses is to contrast them and it's always a good idea to stick with conventional fashion wisdom when there's any doubt. This way, you can be sure to avoid a party outfit that looks too much like a one-piece jumpsuit. If you're wearing a solid-colored dress, contrast it with a color from the opposite side of the color wheel. For example, an electric blue party dress looks great on you when you're wearing a pair of bright orange solid color heels. If you're looking to contrast a patterned outfit, pick your favorite color in the pattern and then choose a pair of solid color shoes to complement. A summery pink and orange sundress, for example, looks great with a pair of pink open-toed pumps, and a blue and gold paisley maxi dress can be worn with sandals with gold trim straps.
The advice to pair contrasting shoes and dresses goes for shoe style as well as color. In general busier shoes can set off simpler dresses while plain shoes look good with more detailed dresses. If your evening gown has gemstone accents, for example, a sparkly shoe might provide too much visual detail; go with simple polished heels instead. On the other hand, a plain little black dress is the perfect garment to accentuate with that pair of rhinestone high heel sandals.
Matching your shoe to your dress by color is a little trickier, but it can be done. The trick is to switch up prints and textures throughout your outfit so you avoid the head-to-toe monochromatic look. For example, with a solid purple skirt, you might wear a pair of purple zigzag pattern leggings and sequined purple heels. This gives you a put-together look that's not at all monotonous. If you don't want to experiment with patterns, mixing up different shades of the same color is another way to add visual interest. A pair of black women's boots and black leggings, for instance, pair well with a charcoal blouse and light grey skirt.
Fashion-forward gals know how that matching shoes with dresses is the way to create stylish party outfits for every occasion. Shop for party shoes at Sears and you'll have the crowd talking about you in the best possible way at the next gathering.