Okay To Wear Red Shoes With Black Hose after 40?

black hose with red shoes
Tina Fey is a knock-out in these red shoes with black hose!

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 black hose with red shoes? Should I stick with nude hose? Or … am I too old for red shoes (in my 50s)? Thanks for your advice and happy holidays!
Cynthia L.

Hi Cynthia,

Red shoes are fun and look fabulous especially around holiday time. If you like them, wear them. Age is not a factor.
black tights or sheer black hose + red shoes
With peeptoes, 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.  Tights  are better suited to daytime looks when you are wearing heavier material like a knit skirt, while sheers look best in the evening and with finer fabrics.

You could choose to carry a red bag with your red shoes and you’d have that whole color blocking look going on or just go with red shoes to make a statement..
Note: If your red shoes are peeptoe, be sure you wear tights and not sheer hose. You need that heaviness with the peeptoe.  Just remember, the focus will be on your shoes,  so  keep the rest of your outfit simple make sure your shoes are really good quality.
Alternatively, you could also wear nude sheer hose with a black dress and red shoes. This is a more traditional look. It’s not as sexy or fashion forward, but is totally acceptable.
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12 thoughts on “Okay To Wear Red Shoes With Black Hose after 40?

  1. Hi Deborah. I have a cream and black polka dot dress that I’d like to wear with burgundy pumps. Would sheer or black hose work best?

    1. Hi Jen, Do you mean a cream dress with back polka dots? I’d suggest nude sheer hose. If it is a black dress with cream dots, then you can go for black sheer hose.

  2. I have a white dress and red shoes. What color stockings? Should I wear a sheer white or what?

    1. Hi Sherita, I would go with the most natural nude hose you can find, so you don’t even notice the hose. You want people to focus on your shoes and dress, not your hose. Cheers, Deborah

  3. Hi Deborah. I am a flight attendant we have new uniforms that are dark gray. We have a red and blue scarf and are allowed to wear red shoes. Leather or patent. Would black tights or black sheers work !

  4. I love red shoes and always have since I was a little girl. Glad to hear they are good at any age, because I’ll be wearing red shoes as long as I can! I love Tina’s outfit. I have a black pencil skirt that I plan to minic a similiar look. Thanks Glam Gals!

  5. You’ll look like fun! I too need fashion advise. I have a sort of risque black dress and leopard print pumps with a thin high heel. Would it look ok if I wore sheer black hose with this outfit for a holiday party this friday night. Please help me!!

    1. Hi Lory, It sounds like a sheer black hose would work just fine. If your dress is form fitting, you might want to wear some shape wear under it or make sure you hose have support at the top!
      Have fun!

    1. Hi Anna, Yes, the red shoe when worn properly can be a fun accent. If you try to do the “matchy match” red shoe, with red purse then it can become a little over the top. We are all for having some fun with your wardrobe but after 40 you have to be careful too… want to keep it classy not trashy!