This is the second post in my series of Summer Must-Have items. The first must-have is the Striped Dress.
It has long been known that flesh-colored (nude) shoes elongate the leg. This is especially desirable during the summer when legs are exposed. By ‘nude’, I mean a color that matches your skin color. This means each person’s nude shade will vary depending on skin tone.
Not only do nude shoes elongate the leg, they provide balance against other pieces that have loud colors, busy prints, or a bold statement piece. The key to choosing the shoe is to not veer into dull, old-lady territory. You’ll want to keep the look fresh and young-looking by choosing modern styles and adding textural interest or distinguishing details. Keep reading to learn how to wear nude shoes!
1. Wear with brightly colored & printed dresses
When wearing bold, colorful pieces, whether that’s jewelry, skirts, pants, jackets, an easy way to ground the outfit and keep it from becoming “too much” is to throw on a nude shoe. This way your shoes won’t compete with the loud pieces. Here are some colorful and printed dresses to inspire your outfits:
2. Wear nude summer boots
We usually think of wedges, strappy sandals, ballet flats, and pumps when it comes to summer shoes, but don’t rule out nude boots! They are a stylish alternative to flats, wedges and heels. The nude or light colors keep the boots from looking too heavy in hot weather and again, elongate the leg despite the coverage that boots provide. They’re great to wear with light colored jeans, white jeans, dresses and shorts.
3. Wear patent or textured shoes
Nude colored shoes can be boring if you’re not careful. Consider choosing a shoe with patent shine to add a pop to your look. If you have a brown or golden skintone, gold can act as an interesting nude choice. Textural interest can also be added to make your nude shoe stand out. For example, a woven/braided shoe or shoes with cork/wood heels can add texture.