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Q. I have a beautiful bronze evening gown with rhinestone pins on each shoulder strap. I’m not sure if I should wear a silver or bronze shoe to match the dress.
-Maddening Metallic 

A. It may traditionally be synonymous with coming in third place, but for you, bronze is the winning color for your dress. There are so many bronze hues and style available that it’s best if you choose a shade slightly darker or lighter than your dress.  Here are some gorgeous styles:

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rsvp ‘Venice’
$89.95 at
zappos.com

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Caparros ‘Intact’
$58.95 at zappos.com

 

 

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Nine West ‘Farideh’
$70.95 at
zappos.com

Q. I am thrilled to have found a website where I can “secretly” ask a style question and my friends will never know that I too question the do’s and don’ts of fashion.  I just purchased my first pair of camel colored heels.  I buy a new pair of black heels every month, because really you can never have enough and because I work 9-5 and wear heels EVERYDAY.  I need some information regarding how to wear camel.  Does my purse need to match?  I personally love camel and black, but have a fear of lighter colored shoes on the bottom of a dark pant.  Can I wear camel shoes with black pants?  Could you please give me some recommendations on outfits with camel heels?  I am very freaked out by anything but black, so this is a big step for me. 
-Camel Confusion 

A. I’m still reeling over the fact that you buy a new pair of black heels every month!  Girl, break out of the rut and start choosing color. You must have a huge closet for all those shoes or you’re savvy enough to sell them off through consignment.  At least you’ve decided on another neutral color to add to your wardrobe. First off, you don’t need to match your shoes with your purse these days, just be sure your look is polished for the office from head to toe.  As for camel heels—it’s easier to pair a lighter heel with a darker bottom when it’s a skirt.  Otherwise, your camel heels will look best with lighter bottoms like matching camel, pink, white/off white, pastels and pale hues. Black heels with black pants or a dark hued heel with dark pants keep your look streamlined and give an illusion of length/height.

Q. I recently purchased an adorable Nanette Lepore navy and white suit for my engagement party. But I’m having a terrible time finding the appropriate shoes. I’ve looked everywhere but to no avail. I’d like something stylish but don’t need to blow $500 on them.  My ideal shoe would be navy, with cream tip and peep toe.
- In Need of Navy 

A. I’m not big on the matchy–matchy look from head to toe, but I did my best to find you some choices that would give you that option. Navy is one of those shoes that usually leads the shopper into a frustrated state of mind. Add me to the list since I too could not find a navy and white peep toe that wasn’t dowdy.  So I shopped many of our favorite shoe sites to give you some options that would give you a stylish foot to pair with your girly Nanette Lepore suit.

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Givenchy 554922
$378.95 at zappos.com

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RSVP Sabine
$99.95 at
zappos.com

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Carlos by Carlos Santana
‘Sunny’ Sandal
$88.95 at
nordstrom.com

Q. I’m having a beach wedding in May in Bermuda. My dress is a sheath style halter in silk charmeuse and the color is called latte.  It is best described as a deeper ivory color.  I am planning on doing the ceremony barefoot but for the reception (under a tent) I wanted some options for shoes.  I don’t want to do dyeables.
-Dyeables Don’t/Won’t Do


A. I’m not a fan of dyeables for anybody’s wedding. You need style and fancy flair in a fabulous pair of shoes that don’t scream matchy-matchy. Before you buy a pair of sandals, think about the length of your dress and what the difference will be between walking on the beach barefoot and then slipping on heels for the reception.  Do you want more height at the reception?  Might you slip onto the sand for photos and a view of the sunset?  You probably don’t want to be tied up or strapped into sandals that require more than slipping on and off for the occasion.  Enjoy the chance to be footloose and fancy free some moments on the beach or dance floor and other times, elegant and sophisticated.  And due to the “latte” color and choice of a sunny location, I would shop for dressy sandals in light gold tones. Here are my suggestions for your destination wedding that give you height and elegance, but also the chance to toss them off easily:

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Nina Verlie Glittering Sandal
$79.95 at
solestruck.com

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Kate Spade Lover
$298.95 at
zappos.com

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Nine West ‘Accolia’ Sandal

$68.95 at nordstrom.com

Q. I am a bridesmaid in a wedding and the bride is concerned with what color shoes we should wear.  Our dresses are tea-length and chocolate brown.  Dyeables are not an option, as it is an outdoor wedding and the dye will run.  She’d like us all to be in the same shoe due to the length of the dresses. 
-Shoe Review


A. Just like we worry about the dress and the surefire phrase you can wear it again, you’d like to make sure the shoes you invest in can actually be worn on another occasion.  The chocolate dress and the shoes do not have to match exactly, and thank goodness for that since no one wants to look like a chocolate popsicle.  Your shoes can be a lighter or darker version of the hue of the dress or go one step further and look at bronze as your metallic choice to give the dresses more “shazam!” as Beyonce would say.

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Nina Mabel Braided Sandal
$79.95 at
solestruck.com

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Chinese Laundry Wesley
$54.95 at zappos.com

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RSVP Venice
$89.95 at zappos.com

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