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!
Red shoes are fun and look fabulous especially around holiday time. If you like them, wear them. Age is not a factor.
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.