3 shoe tricks you can use to take your outfit from boring to banging

What’s the one concern I hear most often from women when it comes to experimenting with style and fashion?

It’s the belief that they don’t have personal style.

Believe me when I tell you that this is soooo not true! Sure, it’s incredibly discouraging to stare into that closet full of clothes and still have absolutely nothing to wear. I feel you.

Fortunately, creating a killer ensemble isn’t all that difficult. In fact, to find inspiration, just look down.

That’s right, my burgeoning fashionista. The only thing you need to give even the most basic outfit a major facelift is a fabulous shoe.

Maybe you’re more comfortable in a sneaker or a flat? Or, you could be the kind of girl who likes her heels so high that they scrape the sky? It doesn’t really matter.

Personal style is about intuition.  And, nobody on the planet knows you better than you, right?

So, how do you go about picking the perfect shoe to elevate your outfit? Here are three tricks you can use to help:

1) Get Focused

Shoes to elevate your outfit

Ask yourself if your shoes are visually interesting enough to serve as the focal point of your outfit. If you’re working with an ensemble that’s a little short on optical elements such as patterns, colors and textures, consider footwear that will fit that interesting, bold or complex bill for you. Think leopard prints, textured leathers or metallics.

2) Play with Color 

Shoes to elevate your outfit

Will the shoes you select actually complement another element of your overall outfit? If you’re wearing a fairly monochromatic ensemble, for example, and you have a necklace with a pop of color, you may consider wearing a pair of shoes in a similar shade to add to the overall cohesiveness of your look.

3) Create Contrast

Shoes to elevate your outfit
Photo: Stacy Pierce Photography

One of the most popular, and frankly, most appealing examples of how to achieve contrast is to pair some killer stilettos with ripped boyfriend jeans. It’s simply fashion magic and one of my favorite looks. Bonus tip:  It’s super easy to replicate.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to trusting your gut and knowing what shoe will feel most comfortable to you. So, take a look at the shoes that you have in your closet. Think through which pairs will help you elevate your outfit, then strut your stuff, honey!

I’d love to know if you found these tricks helpful. Let me know in the comments below.

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5 thoughts on “3 shoe tricks you can use to take your outfit from boring to banging”

  1. Love the shoes, girl. And I’ve never thought about it but you are right about the fashion statement. Although I can’t wear heels any more.Sadly.

    • Heels aren’t for everyone, ya know. There are some really cute and professional low heel and flat options that look just as good.

  2. Creating Contrast is my favorite style tip! Change up your shoes wear a different shoe color with your favorite outfit, so what it doesn’t match it’s your style! Embrace it! You’re right Sister Lady Girl Creating Contrast is “hot”!

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