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May 8th, 2008

How to match your shoes to your outfit

Courtesy of InStyle magazine, here are some tips to match your shoes to four different types of bottoms—slim skirt, wide skirt, narrow pant and wide-leg trouser.

With a slim skirt:
Wearing a pencil? Sleek pumps or kitten (also called princess) heels with pointy toes are the way to go. Flattering to any leg, these classy picks match the sexy feel of the skirt without being overt.
The slightly lower heel, in particular, will take you through your
workday and into the evening, although a higher heel will make your leg
look a bit more shapely.

With narrow pants:
One of the sharpest silhouettes of late pairs skinny pants
with sexy high heels. Delicate stilettos extend the lines of narrow
trousers (which can be hemmed a bit higher than you’d leave wider
pants) and make legs look longer. Flats can also look cool with some stovepipes but are much harder to pull off.

With wide trousers:

Flowing wide-leg pants require shoes with a medium to high heel;
a flat shoe can easily get lost under any Hepburn-esque trousers. But
you want a heel that has some heft; something spiky would look a little
too spindly here. For the most modern look, choose a wider, stacked heel.

With a full skirt:
With a swingy, midcalf or shorter skirt, you generally want a fairly
small heel; if your legs can handle the lack of contouring, ballet
flats look lowkey and elegant. Fuller summer skirts usually work with wedges or open-toe espadrilles. In general, steer clear of stilettos (they’re too sexy for cute skirts) and avoid very chunky heels.


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