Shoes are often the last thing people think about when putting together an outfit, but without the right pair of shoes, an outfit can be completely ruined. Have you ever seen a woman out in public who is wearing a really cute dress but your eye follows down the line to discover that she’s paired her cute summer dress with a pair of hideous, worn out tennis shoes? There are some things in this world that are really hard to get away with…and tennis shoes with dresses is one of those things.
Men are notorious for having things going okay in the wardrobe department but you see their shoes and you have to laugh. You’re going to a wedding and your man is dressed up in slacks and a button up shirt and he’s decided to pair that with his brown hiking boots. What do you do? Tell him to take them off immediately…but you also learn tips for picking shoes to match with outfits so that you can pass along to knowledge to anybody else who might need it:
Mind the Socks
Socks are an interesting part of a wardrobe. They’re necessary much of the time…but they’ve become less appealing to look at. Fashion today is about clean lines with the body. Socks often interrupt that flow. If you’re wearing a pair of Toms with your outfit, if you must wear socks, make sure that they’re no shows. When working out and wearing your awesome new kicks to the gym, skip out on the knee highs and instead pick a pair of socks that is going to compliment your shoes and outfit without drawing attention.
Think About Weight of Materials You’re Wearing
Your body is a canvas that you’re dressing. If you’re wearing something heavy and textural, you might not want to wear a pair of platform sandals with your outfit because it could be too much of the same idea. It could also work perfectly. Fashion is as much of a “you have to rock it” thing as it is anything. When selecting shoes, just think about the overall package. If you’re wearing a heavy denim jacket, a pair of blue suede shoes probably won’t match…but some lightweight strappy brown sandals might accentuate your jacket perfectly.
Where Do You Want to Draw Attention?
Again, your shoes have the power to make an outfit. Sometimes, the shoes should not distract at all, they should be the cap on the top, or the whip cream that elegantly added a touch of sweetness to the tart pie. When pairing shoes, think about where you’re drawing attention? There must be a flow to the ensemble. Heels add nice lines and height. Sandals add hip flavor, tennis add sport. If you want people to look at your feet, wear the sparkly heels. If you want them to look at you, make it coherent so that attention is drawn to the whole.