Most women tend to avoid matchy-matchy looks like the plague. However, it seems that fashion rule is about to go out the window, as many street style stars have been matching their shoes to their outfit.
It is not about wearing all black either, but rather pairing a bright red dress with matching red shoes, for instance. Moreover, wearing a dress with matching shoes has its perks. First, it elongates the legs, and second, it also gives a sort of unexpected polish to pretty much anything you are wearing. Here are a few tips for nailing the trend with a modern twist.
Choose shoes that are one shade darker than your outfit: To avoid the cringe factor that often comes from mixing two similar but slightly different colors, opt for a pair of shoes a hair darker than your outfit—a fire-engine red dress can pair well with cherry-red heels, for example. The difference in color will be barely noticeable to most, but will prevent your reds from clashing.
Try styling an outfit with slight variations on a single color: If you are worried you will look too matchy-matchy, choose a single color as a starting point and go for pieces in a color scheme that are just slightly different from each other. This will ensure you have a totally modern and updated look.
Avoid shoes in the same color and material as your outfit: Be careful to avoid matching the material of your outfit to your shoes. Instead, you can upgrade your ensemble with footwear in the same color as what you are wearing, but in a different material, say, velvet or satin, to add texture to your outfit.
Get matchy-matchy with your more casual clothes: Throw out the rule that you should only match your shoes to your outfit for more formal occasions. There is something so fresh about doing this with a more casual outfit like a white dress and chunky white boots.
Make a big statement, simplify patterns and prints: If you are wearing a leopard print dress, definitely skip the leopard print shoes or your ensemble looks too busy. To make a successful fashion statement, you want your ensemble to have one focal point. If your shoes match the print on your dress, people will have no idea where to look. Keep it simple. For a cheetah-print dress, stick with neutral tones. If your outfit has a rainbow of color in it, you have the freedom to pick any shade from the ensemble for your shoes to match.
Rock a detailed texture: If you opt for a pair of fringe, leather, metallic finishing or sequin shoes, keep your ensemble simple, because your embellished kicks have just become the focal point. Even those who are not a fan of patterned shoes or clashing colors, can instead prance in some amazing textured footwear. Spice up your little black dress and put your best foot forward in a pair of sequin pumps, or slip on those fringe booties with a pair of jeans and a basic T-shirt. Keep your accessories simple and let your textured shoes do the talking.