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Q. My daughter is going to a birthday party, cocktail attire.  She has a beautiful navy blue dress, and doesn’t know what color shoes to wear with it.  I suggested silver or cream, she and her friends say white.  What do you think?
-Who’s Right? 

A. I’m proud to say you’re a mom who still has her cool factor.  You suggested the best answer—your daughter should choose silver shoes. It’s a cocktail party and that means her look should be a little fancy.  Silver shoes will rock her look. White is hard to work into a wardrobe and even if she finds a strappy pair, they just don’t look as sophisticated, stylish or dare I say “fashion forward” as metallic.  A fantastic silver pair can be worn with multiple looks from jeans to colors like white, black, pink, etc. I’m sure there are many more parties in her future and silver is far more appealing.

Q. I have a predominately white skirt with navy trim.  What color shoe is best?  Navy, white, silver?   
-Color Confusion

A. Skip the white.  Choose silver for a festive, sassy look and navy or black if you wish to be more conservative. If it’s a casual skirt, a nude espadrille or nude/light tan kitten heel sandal is a great choice. Also, be sure to avoid anything heavy or chunky with a white skirt.

Q. I work at the post office and we are not allowed to wear open toe shoes at any time.  It is summer and I love to wear capris. What kind of shoes other than sandals would look good with them?
-Toes Tucked In 

A.  Just because you’re wearing capris doesn’t mean you have to wear toe-baring sandals.  There are several options that still show off a little foot flesh and are stylish to wear with your cropped pants. Look for ballet style flats, closed toe espadrilles and wedges.  The ballet flats and espadrilles will keep the look casual and the wedge can give you some height, but still you give better foot support if you’re standing all day.

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Q.  I’m traveling to London at the end of the month and I’m looking for a pair of flats that are cute, comfy, can be dressed up and down, and can be worn rain or shine. The problem is that I’m not looking to spend a lot of money. Can you help?
-Flat Appeal 

000006416A. I adore these flats from Aerosoles called the Frillie Pepper—they’re super cute, comfy with a cushioned insole and the gold can be paired with walking shorts by day and dresses at night.

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Q. What basic color shoes should be in a woman’s wardrobe? Someone told me white, black and red but this seems out there.
-No Clue Shoes 

A. White as a requisite in your shoe wardrobe is definitely “out there.”  Very few people wear white shoes, and when they do, it’s usually a sandal or flip flop.  Word of advice: don’t ask that same person about clothing choices!   

It’s hard to determine what’s best for your wardrobe since your lifestyle and career can influence your needs and choices, but if you were to keep the colors and styles to a bare minimum, black and chocolate brown should cover you for most occasions and seasons. For the past few years, metallics have become essential neutrals, adding spark to everything from a cocktail dress to jeans and helping to alleviate the desire for “matching colors” from head to toe.  A bronze heel can replace your brown pump when the shade is wrong with your outfit, while silver and gold work well with a multitude of colors.  Finally, adding color to your shoe wardrobe, whether it’s a navy espadrille, a pink ballet flat or a green pointy-toe slingback can give new life to any wardrobe or polish even the most basic jeans and t-shirt look.

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