What do I wear with…

So my dear friend, Jen, was talking with me today and mentioned that she had a dilemma. She bought these fabulous shoes at the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale and (while they’re sexy as all get-out) she has NO CLUE what to wear with them, except black & jeans. The source of the dilemma? They’re orange. Hot, orange, cap-toe pumps. So we got to talking…

A really, really hot fall trend is brightly colored shoes – but what the heck are you supposed to wear them with? I’ve debunked this mystery and have a few examples of how to highlight and flaunt your hottest hued shoes.

Enzo Angiolini “Katlyn”; Nordstrom.com – $98.95

Contrary to the “tan”-ness of the photo, these puppies are bright praline-orange. These are, in fact, the shoes my comrade was referring to. But oh, there is so much more than jeans and a black top in these shoes’ future… Let’s start with the basics.


Because these shoes are cap-toed beauties – you’re kind of roped into being classy. This sweater dress [Splendor Cable Sweater Dress; UrbanOutfitters.com – $78.00] upholds the “classy” requirement while still being a bit edge and sassy at the same time. Pair this with opaque tights and those candy-colored shoes for instant head-turns. As far as accessories, stick to the theme and go with a long necklace that ends just below the bust. If it’s metal, go for gold, or stick with a neutral color like black or creme if it’s got enamel/charms on it.

Not into dresses? That’s fine. Herringbone wide-leg pants [Wide-Leg Herringbone Trousers; Old Navy – $25.00] are just as flattering (if not more, for your body type) and will work just as well with the brightly-colored shoe of your choice. Pair it with a neutral sweater in creme, or black to make the shoes really pop.

If you’re feeling saucy and plan to take your loud shoes out for a night on the town, don’t worry; there’s more out there than work-appropriate attire to compliment your shoes. The trick is to stay neutral; allow your shoes to be the focal point of your outfit. Too much color, or too MANY DIFFERENT colors will send you from smoldering to clowny in record time.

However… Pay attention to the hue and value of your bold statement shoes. Are they a muted color? Saturated? Neon or electric? Pastel? Also, pay attention to the palattes: nature-colors, water-colors, flower-colors, or cold/warm colors. You can play around with the colors that fit bot the value and palatte of your shoes. For instance, a night on the town dress would work as…

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…This green dress [Patrick Robinson Drop-Waist Dress; Target – $12.49] in a sage green color. Why? Because the color is muted (looks like it’s been mixed with a grey or a brown) and is a solid color, as to not take the focus off your hot, hot shoes. It was tempting to go for a brown dress with that rusty orange – but remember that the shoe has a BLACK cap-toe. Bye, bye, brown. You will be missed.

Add to this dress a long gold necklace – plain and simple. You’ll add the rest of the glitz just by wearing it.

xoxo.