What colors can I wear with silver shoes?

Updated April 17, 2017

You have the perfect pair of silver shoes, but don't know what to wear with them. They may be flats or they may be a very fancy pair perfect for formal events. Because silver shoes are so attention-grabbing, knowing what to pair them with makes the difference between looking chic and sophisticated and looking like a fashion dud.

What Type

Before choosing your clothing, consider the type of silver shoes you have. They may be more casual, such as ballerina flats or even flip-flops. If you're planning to dress up, your silver shoes may be high-heeled pumps or sandals.

Since these shoes are so dramatic and eye-catching on their own, you don't need an equally dramatic outfit. When wearing silver shoes, avoid wearing silver clothing or belts.

Best Colors

White looks wonderful with silver, whether in spring, summer or fall. Off-white works for cooler weather. If you wear casual silver shoes, white jeans, trousers, skirt or casual cotton dress will all look good with them. If you're wearing a formal white or off-white dress, silver heeled sandals will look good. Just make sure that, if you wear nylons, they're the sandal-toe variety (without the darker, reinforced toe that will detract from your look). In warm weather, you may opt for a no-stocking look.

Black is another colour that works well with silver shoes. Unlike white, black clothing provides more contrast and will look more dramatic.

Other colours that look good with silver shoes include bright red, light grey, charcoal grey, deep purple, burgundy and indigo. Choose deeper shades for cool weather and pale colours for warm weather.

Your clothing should be a solid colour instead of brightly patterned when wearing silver shoes. Keep these bright shoes the focus of your outfit.

Other Looks: What to Avoid and What to Try

Don't wear gold clothing with silver shoes because this will clash. Also, wearing silver clothes with silver shoes can be overkill. Don't carry a large, metallic bag; instead, opt for a small bag that matches your clothing instead of your shoes.

If you want to create your own style, don't be afraid to wear colour. A deep tangerine will look good with your silver shoes, as will forest green.

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About the Author

Since 1996, Zoe London has written extensively on fashion, health, beauty, crafts and parenting. Her work has appeared in "Mahogany Magazine" and "The Kid Turned Out Fine".