I bought a lovely gold sheath dress for a Christmas party and wanted to know what color shoes to wear with it? I’m stumped. Thanks, Lisa
This is a tricky one. Any shiny or sparkly metallic dress is automatically going to command a lot of attention. You want to be careful to select a shoe that lets the dress remain center stage. Your shoes should complement, not compete with your dress. Deciding on the perfect color of shoes to wear with a gold dress will depend on a few things. First,
Consider the Shade of Gold
What color of gold is your dress? There is not just one shade of gold. Gold dresses range from champagne gold to yellow gold to pinky rose gold. There are also gold dresses that have some black in them or are combined with white.
Black Shoes are an Option
Black shoes can work with a gold dress and are a popular choice, but I find they work best if your dress is a deeper, darker shade of gold, even bronze, or if your gold dress has some black in it.
Black shoes worn with a light, bright gold dress can be so high contrast, that they look heavy on your feet, and ruin the uplifting feel of your gold dress. This is especially true when you have light hair. However, if you have dark hair, sometimes the dark hair and shoes balance each other out.
Metallics Complement Metallics
A light gold shoe can look lovely with a gold dress. You get that continuous flow of color from the dress to the shoe which creates a nice, long, lean line. If you are wearing a gold dress with a gold shoe, you need to be careful to coordinate the intensity of each.
If your dress is a shiny or sparkly gold, then go for a less sparkly shoe. If your dress is matte, then you can have a sparkly gold shoe. It’s nearly impossible to get the exact color shoe as your dress, and you wouldn’t want to anyway. Go for a gold shoe that is slightly lighter or darker than your gold dress, and that should be fine. A champagne colored shoe is like a gold shoe but softer. It is an excellent choice!
Nudes Work Too
Another option is to wear a nude or champagne colored shoe with your gold dress. This creates a subtle look and plays up the dress.
Evening Bag Guidelines
As for your evening bag, in all cases, don’t be matchy- matchy. For example, if you are wearing a nude shoe, try a gold or black bag. You can even carry a similarly colored nude bag but in a different finish or texture. The bottom line is, mix it up in term of color/finish to look modern.
What Color Shoes to Wear with a Silver Dress?
It’s really the same. You can wear a black or pewter shoe with a silver dress. Navy can also work. I like a silver shoe with a silver dress.
Do Colored Shoes Work?
Some gals may try to wear a jewel-toned shoe such as emerald-green or ruby-red with a silver dress, but I find these colors stand out like a sore thumb and can make you look like an overly decorated Christmas tree. Jewel tones against silver are high contrast, very bright and loud. They can come across as tacky, not classy, especially if the dress itself is classic and elegant.
What to wear with a Bronze or Pewter dress
Bronze is gold mixed with black. Pewter is silver mixed with black. If you wear a bronze or pewter dress, black shoes will look wonderful because they’ll pick up on the black in the dress and balance the intensity of the dark metallic. See how striking the dress above looks with black sandals.
Whatever you decide, keep in mind that a little sparkle and shine is better than too much glitz, if you want to look elegant and chic over 40.
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