There’s always some panic around what to wear to your high school reunion.You want to look fab, but you want to feel comfy too.
Here’s an email that went back and forth between a reader and I this week about what kind of shoes to wear.
I’m planning to wear this dress to my 45th class reunion on Saturday night, yes this Saturday— I decided tonight that I might not be able to handle the shoes that I have like the ones in the picture for the whole evening.
Also, our community here is VERY casual. What shoes? Black ballet flats? 1″ neutral sandal with a fringed ankle strap? Black tights and 3/4 ” black booties or buy something else? I’m 5’2″. The heels look great but I’m afraid I’ll end up barefoot after 3 hours.
This is such a pretty dress it would be nice to wear a feminine shoe with a bit of height. Why not try a low wedge? A wedge will give you that height but won’t hurt your feet the way a skinny heeled shoe might. Here are some examples or what you could try.
Hi Again, If you plan to wear these nude wedges and it’s still warm enough where you live you can wear bare legs if you like, but only if your legs are good ,which means not veiny, marked or pale. If that doesn’t work for you then sheer pantyhose are perfectly fine. I like Donna Karan’s Nude collection. They are very sheer and natural. You’ll find them sold in most department stores.
As for black tights, they’re definitely too heavy dark to wear with nude or light-colored shoes.
Dark tights look best worn with a medium to heavy weight knit dress and dark shoes, boots or booties.
Can you wear black tights with a wrap dress if you wear black footwear? I find that most times when women try to wear black tights and black shoes with a silk/ jersey wrap dress they look off-balance – bottom heavy. It can work if you have some black in your dress, and you pair the tights/dress with high black high boots. It’s one of those things where you have to try it on and see if you look weighed down. Even then, it’s more of an everyday look.
This is a special event so I’d stick to a nude shoe and nude colored legs to make you look feminine and create a long lean unbroken line that makes makes you appear taller and slimmer.
p.s. Send in a photo if you get a chance.