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?”
Donna, a longtime Fabulous After 40 reader, has a love of fashion and great style sense. I’ve even featured her in several blog posts in the past.
Recently she was preparing for her high school reunion and wrote to ask my opinion of her outfit.
I thought her dress was fabulous and looked super on her beautiful figure, but suggested that she replace the shoe with something more feminine.
I felt the boot looked a little “clunky” and was too casual with her sleek cocktail dress.
However, I soon found out that Donna 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 sucked into trying a trend because it looks so great on a young model!
Before you buy your next pair of shoes read over these tips I’ve jotted down to help you pick the right ones.
1) Try to pick a shoe with the same level of dressiness as your outfit.
For instance, this dress is really dressy and so would 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.
If it has a wood heel, you won’t want to wear it with a fancy dress.
3) What is shoe fabric?
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 pants outfit. Most dressy dresses will look matronly if you wear a low or flat shoe with it.
Donna ended up with a pair of gorgeous patent slingback pumps that I think go perfectly with her dress!