Shoes styles come and go and so do the fashion guidelines for how to wear them. Long gone are the days of having to match the color of your shoes to your outfit, or pairing dressy shoes with dressy clothes only.
Today a new crop of shoes has inspired an anything goes kind of shoe mentality. Fabulous After 40 stylist Chantelle Collier shows us the five hottest spring/summer shoe styles, and some outfits that work nicely with them.
1. The Slip-On Sneaker
This year’s sporty-chic trend has ushered in slip-on sneakers in all styles and colors. This comfortable flat is versatile and easy to wear. Just be sure that the rest of your outfit isn’t overly casual, or you might start to border on frumpy (i.e. no sweats!).
Try the slip-on sneaker with cuffed jeans, a light blazer and a cami in a complementary color for the perfect weekend outfit. Don’t be afraid to wear this casual shoe with a dressier look either. It’s all the rage in Paris. Pair a metallic slip-on sneaker with a floral skirt and a clutch bag for a feminine look that’s sporty and youthful too.
2. Bold and Bright Shoes
If you want to look modern, a bright shoe is the way to go. But with colors so loud this spring you may wonder how to pull this off and look classy, not clownish? Here are three options:
- Choose a shoe in the same color family – just a slightly different shade. For example purple and fuchsia or blue and turquoise give you a super chic look.
- Wear a shoe in a complementary color. Complementary colors are opposite to each other on the color wheel. For example blue pump and an orange cardigan or red jeans and emerald green pumps.
- Match your shoes to an accent color – a coral sandal will pick up on the coral in your pattern skirt and make it pop.
3. Metallic Shoes
A metallic shoe may seem like a challenge when it comes to styling, but if you pull it off right, it can look quite stunning. The easiest way to work a metallic shoe is to stick to the classic metallic shades: silver and gold. Because they can be paired with any color. Be sure to keep the rest of your look minimal to avoid clashing with your metallic shoe which will draw a lot of attention.
Colored metallic shoes are a fun option if you pair them with an outfit in a complementary color for a bold contrast. If you’re a beginner when it comes to metallics, opt for a shoe with a metallic accent such as a metallic heel or toe, with jeans, for a more subtle, daytime flash of glamour.
4. Pure White Shoes
Yes, they’re back! White shoes are classic, but can be intimidating to style. So here’s how you do it. White is the most neutral color. It’s a blank canvas for the rest of your outfit. Simply, choose a blazer, blouse or trouser in an accent color, but keep the rest of your look neutral. If you’re feeling bold enough, go all the way with a tailored white pant, white tank, white shoes and finish off this classic look with a pink blazer and leather accessories.
5. High Pumps
There was a time when you wouldn’t dream of walking out of the house in denim and high heels. Today, fashionistas routinely pump up their casual outfits by combining jeans with sexy heels. The heel-jean combo adds a chic touch to a more relaxed weekend look and is very easy to dress up or down.
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