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What colour shoes to wear with a pink dress

Updated April 13, 2018

The colour shoes you wear with a pink dress can vary significantly based upon personal style, as well as the event. The shoes can change the overall look of an outfit, as heels send a different message than boots or Mary Jane shoes. The shade of pink makes a difference as well. Hot fuchsia looks much different than powder pink, which will effect the colour of shoe.

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Black boots and shoes

Large, chunky black boots paired with a pink dress that falls to the knee or above can create a punk rock or gothic chic. Adding fishnet stockings makes a decidedly bold statement. Smaller, subtle jewellery will still give the outfit a feminine look, even though the black boots are a stark contrast to the pink dress.

Black shoes with a 5-cm (2-inch) heel are usually considered the safest option to wear with a pink dress, as long as the accessories tie the outfit together.

White shoes

White shoes, particularly a powder pink dress, can give the perception of innocence, much like that of a child. This look is popular among those of the Gothic Lolita subculture, but it should be avoided by anyone not wishing to look as though they are wearing a costume. A tight, short, hot pink dress with white high heels is very reminiscent of 80s fashion, but it may be too overwhelming for anyone but the most daring fashionistas to attempt.

Brown

Brown and pink are a subtle combination. Wearing brown shoes with a pink dress can be a fashion hit or miss, depending upon the shades of the colours. A lighter pink dress is complemented well by most shades of brown. Dark brown shoes paired with a pale pink dress may, however, add a hint of vintage flair to an outfit. A darker pink benefits from just about any shade of brown.

Daring combination

There are no fashion police, dictating what you should and should not wear. Experiment with the shoes you already own, even if you feel that the colours or styles may clash. You might be pleasantly surprised to find that the solution to your clothing conundrum is lurking in your very own closet. Accessorising also makes the difference in whether a pair of shoes will work with an outfit. While red shoes may not be ideal for a powder pink dress, tying it together with a white belt and red bangle bracelets could tie the outfit together for a cohesive look.

Metallics

Metallic shoes are an alternative to neutrals. They can make a wonderful addition to a pink formal gown, as they are eye catching and suited for formal occasions, such as proms or weddings. Gold and silver are popular options. Gold tones suited for darker pinks, and silver suited is for lighter pinks. Nearly any colour can be made metallic. Mauve, which is a lilac colour, is a stellar choice for pinks that are based in purple, such as fuchsia.

Nudes and tans

Shoes that are close to your natural skin colour can provide a subtle choice in footwear. They do not need to match the dress itself, and they complement nearly any shade of pink. Nude or tan footwear allows those viewing your outfit to concentrate on the outfit itself, instead of the neutral colour of shoe.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Tumbarello has been writing since 2006, with her work appearing on various websites. She is an animal lover who volunteers with her local Humane Society. Tumbarello attended Hocking College and is pursuing her Associate of Applied Science in veterinary technology from San Juan College.

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