Pulling an outfit together for a special event can be daunting when your over 40. It’s hard enough to go out and find the right dress, then there’s the famous question…
“What Shoes Do I Wear?”
We recently had a reader that agreed to share her journey with our community. Here is her story:
Donna is one of our longtime Fabulous After 40 readers and has a love of fashion and great style sense. We have even featured her on several of our blog posts in the past.
Recently she was preparing for her high school reunion and wrote to ask us our opinion of her outfit.
While we were all in agreement that her dress was fabulous and looked super on her beautiful figure, we suggested that she change out the shoe for something more feminine.
We felt the boot looked a little “clunky” and was too casual with her sleek cocktail dress.
However, we soon learned that she had seen a model in the exact dress and was inspired to try the same shoes as shown in the photo.
This is a great example of how we can be lulled into trying a trend when it looks so great on a young model!
Here are some quick tips to use when trying to pick out just the right shoe for an outfit:
1) Try to keep the shoe in the same vein in style and dressiness as the outfit. For instance, this dress is really dressy and so will look great with a slingback pump or nude peep toe.
2) The heel of the shoe should also reflect the same “feel” of the outfit. Once again, if the heel of a shoe is wooden, you won’t want to wear it with a fancy dress.
3) What is the fabric of the shoe? If you have a shiny or very formal cocktail dress, you will want to go with a shoe that has a shiny fabric or some sparkle to it. A flat leather pump will look like you are going to work, so a patent leather or silky fabric will look better.
4) If you can’t wear heels you might want to wear pants instead. If you have foot problems and can’t wear heels your best bet is to wear a pant outfit. Most dressy dresses will look matronly if you wear a low or flat shoe with it.
Donna ended up with these gorgeous paten sling back pumps that we think will look terrific with her dress!
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