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How to Match the Color of Shoes with Clothes

By Oladeji Deborah Damiloju

Choosing the colour of shoes that will go well with one’s outfit is one difficulty choice that many people face. While the decision on which pair to wear definitely belongs to you, there are certain rules to follow for you to look your best and be in style. Below is a guide that will make pairing easier:

1. Go for colours that will compliment and not those that will compete with your clothes

Matching your wardrobe and footwear is actually all about balancing. Avoid distracting focal points that may divide the attention of people as they look on you. Let only one element stand out over the others, which means that you don’t need to match your glimmering metallic shoes with clothes adorned with sequins or crystals, nor with a jacket with bold geometric design.

2. Avoid solid color matching

Red shoes for your pure red outfit or black suede to go with your all black get up are a thing of the past. Do not choose a single solid colour from your head to toe.

3. Go for contrasting colors

When wearing a block colour, consider wearing shoes that are of contrasting color. A contrasting colour refers to the one opposite the original colour on the colour wheel. For instance, you may try a pair of red shoes, or any shade of it, for your plain green wardrobe. Since they belong to the opposite sides of the colour wheel, they will definitely look fabulous. However, you may also use colors that are next to each other on the colour wheel to achieve a more harmonious appearance.

4. Pick a colour from your printed clothes

If there are multiple colours on the print of your clothes, say it’s a combination of yellow, blue, green and orange, you may pick one colour from among them to be your guide in matching the colour of your shoes. Don’t confine yourself to just the original color. Try different shades of pink – salmon, old rose, carnation or baby pink shoes for a shirt with a pink, purple, blue print on it. As a safe option, use a single colour only twice for that “put together “appearance. If a certain hue is present in your clothes, you may repeat in your shoes, but no longer in the other parts of your ensemble. You may choose an orange (not necessarily the bright shade) shoes, or its variety like peach or melon orange, for your printed blouse with that particular colour. But don’t use the same shade for your bag and belt.

5. When in doubt, go neutral

If the clash of colours doesn’t work for you, choose neutral colours. Neutral colors such as nude, beige, tan or bone are safer to use when you are in doubt of the shoes to match a dress.

6. Deep with deep, light with light

If the colour of your available shoes is not found on your wardrobe, you may resort to combining ” values ” such as deep shade with deep colour, light colour to match with an equally light coloured material. You may also try other colour theory rules.

7. Add life to plain clothes

You can do this by matching your plain dress with brighter colours or those with catchy patterns designs like a funky pattern and texture such as snake or alligator skin for a plain top and slacks or jeans. A solid beige outfit, for instance, matched with a leopard printed shoes will surely look amazing.

8. Choose standard colours for professional or business dressing

Always go for black, brown, navy blue and grey for the corporate look. Inject other colours only if the office allows a casual dress code.

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