How to Select the Right Heel to Wear With a Long Skirt

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How to Select the Right Heel to Wear With a Long Skirt
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High-heeled shoes can enhance the look of a long skirt, but you'll need to take the time to select the right heel. Between pumps, platforms, sandals and wedges, ladies have a myriad of heel options to choose from and it's just as important to match your heel to your legs as it is to match it to your skirt.

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    Consider the type of heels that look good with the shape of your legs, independent of the dress you're going to wear them with. Choosing heels with pointed toes can make your feet look disproportionately small if you have thicker legs. Select a wider high-heeled shoe to give the appearance of a slimmer leg.

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    Select classic shoes with little to no decorative flair to wear with a long dress, particularly if the dress itself is patterned or dotted with design accessories. Wearing elaborate shoes with a patterned dress may create a conflict in the design elements. You want to draw attention to your dress, not your shoes.

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    Do not combine black shoes with a long pastel skirt, unless you've also gone to the trouble of coordinating any purses or belts you plan to wear with the outfit. This is one example of an instance in which the old adage that "black doesn't clash with anything" can be untrue, particularly if your skirt is a vibrant pastel color.

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    Leave high-heeled sandals and boots for wear with shorter skirts. Boots are not the right choice to make with a long skirt because they'll cover the portion of the leg that would otherwise show between the shoe and the bottom of the skirt. Having a little leg visible when wearing a skirt carries classic fashion appeal you can't go wrong with.

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    Choose lower-cut "kitten heels" or strappy heels and remember that wearing blocky shoes will not create the right look. Long skirts tend to make the wearer appear shorter and wider, which the right set of heels will counter by adding length and slenderness to your profile.

Tips and warnings

  • Your heels don't necessarily have to be all that high. In fact, opting for shorter heels can create a very attractive, classy and businesslike look for women in the professional world.
  • If you choose to wear high-heeled shoes that are secured with a strap, you must make sure the strap is firmly attached. Loose straps can cause you to slip and turn your heel, which may result in a painful and debilitating ankle injury.

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