Shoes are the perfect accessory – and as often as not, they can take centre stage and be the star of the show. They can liven any outfit and change an entire look.
A Statement Shoe is any shoe which speaks for itself and stands out. It can be bright and bold, glam and glittery, patterned or printed, or simply too fabulous to ignore.
Wearing a statement shoe successfully does rely on observing some simple ground rules to pull the look off without looking overdone:
• Statement shoes should be allowed to shine as the star of your ensemble. Particularly with a patterned or printed pair of shoes, you’ll want your clothing to be more understated or even neutral. Your heels will pop and won’t fight for attention with your dress.
• Build your outfit from the shoes up.
• If your shoes are colourful and you don’t want to wear a neutral dress, pants, or skirt, choose one colour from the shoes and wear that in your outfit. As an example, consider wearing a turquoise top with a pair of white Capri’s, along with strappy sandals in shades of turquoise and other hues. Or choose a colour that complements the shoe, and is opposite on the colour wheel. For example, yellow shoes with a violet dress; or turquoise heels with an orange-hued outfit.
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• Don’t aim to be too matchy-matchy. This is blatant overkill. Unless, of course, you’re going to a 1980’s fancy dress party!
• Make your statement shoes work with a range of outfits. No matter what the shoe, it can almost always be dressed up or down, to take you from day into evening. Even a pair of blingy stilettos can successfully be worn with a classic white tee and some simple Capri’s for a polished but relaxed summer look.
• Don’t wear embellished shoes with an embellished dress – ever. It’s one or the other.
• Remember, you want to look classy. A super high heel, no matter how fabulous the statement shoe, will not look classy overall with a dress that barely covers the buttocks. It’s a look which many very young women favour right now, but unfortunately can look very, very cheap. Those of us who are a little older and wiser (or those who are young yet elegant) know all too well that the shorter the dress, the flatter the shoe. There is a reason A-list celebrity beauties on the red carpet wear fabulous heels with dresses that are never above mid-thigh (at the shortest).
If you want to go super- short on the legs, wear tailored shorts rather than a tiny skirt or dress. Much classier!
If you’re wearing statement shoes, let them do the talking. Tone down the rest of your outfit to complement the shoes, and let them shine!