Hi Deborah —
I recently purchased a pair of cute red shoes for the holidays, and now wondering how to wear them. I have lots of basic black in dressy and casual fabric and styles — slacks, dresses, etc. But what about hosiery? Is it tacky to wear a black hose with red shoes? Should I stick with a nude hose? Or … am I too old for red shoes (in my 50s)? Thanks for your advice, and happy holidays!
Red shoes are fun and look fabulous, especially around holiday time. If you like them, wear them. Age is not a factor.
With peep toes, wear thicker tights and not sheer hose.
As for what hose to wear with them, here’s what I would suggest: Black Dress – Wear a black dress with opaque black tights or sheer black hose + red shoes for a pop of color. Socks are better suited to daytime looks when you wear heavier material like a knit skirt, while sheers look best in the evening and with finer fabrics.
You could carry a red bag with your red shoes and have that color-blocking look, or wear red shoes to make a statement.
Note: If your red shoes are peep toe, wear tights, not sheer hose. It would be best if you had that heaviness with the peep toe. Remember, the focus will be on your shoes, so keep the rest of your outfit simple and ensure your shoes are of excellent quality.
Alternatively, you could wear nude hose with a black dress and red shoes. This is a more traditional look. It’s not as sexy or fashion-forward, but it is acceptable.
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