I get asked quite often what shoes I wear with different outfits, so I thought I’d write a post on all my tips and tricks for pairing shoes with your outfit. I didn’t realise how many rules I had until I started writing this!
Boots are my new shoe obsession – although I’ve always loved an ankle boot. I wear them with skinny jeans for a casual everyday look or a wide leg trouser if I want to look a little more polished. I never pair them with a straight leg, unlike a flat pump which I think goes with a straighter trouser as well as a looser skirt. I recently bought a leopard print pair from Aldo, which are my go-to flats at the moment. I’ll wear them with skinny jeans and one of my new winter jumpers.
I don’t have any flat ankle boots, as I find they are difficult to style and pull off. But I do love a flat knee-high pair of boots. I wear them with short skirts, dresses or skinny jeans usually. I would steer clear of long skirts/dresses with flat boots as I think this looks a bit frumpy on me. In a way, a small heel on a knee-high boot is more versatile. I wear them with skinny jeans (but with a baggy top/jumper so it isn’t all too tight!), and longer skirts and dresses. I would also wear them with a knee-length skirt, but probably nothing shorter than that for fear of looking a bit ‘Pretty Woman’!! Everything is about balance, especially when it comes to hemlines and heels.
When it comes to skirts, it all depends on where they fall whether I’m to wear a heel, flat, over or below the knee shoe. I’m 5’6 and I want there to be a good ratio of skirt, leg and shoe, so I usually keep the rule: above the knee – longer boots, below the knee – shorter boots. However, if it’s a skirt like Lizzie for example, then the rules are out the window and I love pairing her with a pair of knee highs that overlap. Keeping to the rule, if it’s a maxi I’ll wear an ankle boot with it in the winter or maybe even a white lace-up pump – sometimes with tights too.
In the summer you won’t see me in short skirts, as I don’t like my knees. I tend to get my psoriasis here so like to cover it up. I wear a lot of maxis and will pair them with the ultimate dresser-downer, flip-flops, which I love the look of – so boho chic.
When I want to elongate my legs I’ll go for a court or pump, ideally nude but I always avoid a shoe with an ankle strap when I want my legs to look longer. The strap interrupts the leg line and makes it look shorter.
I love colour pink as you know and have loads in my shoe collection. Last season I splurged on a pink pair of Brother Vellies which I love (they were in the sale but still around £200!). I find navy goes really well with them. If I want to dress down an outfit, I’ll go with tan as I find it more toned down than black. And if I want to dress it up, I really enjoy adding leopard print to my wardrobe, I just keep the rest of the outfit really simple and wouldn’t wear any other prints.