Black has always been my go to color. Whether you’re looking to pair a black and white dress or outfit that has stripes, polka-dots, random black/white color blocking or pattern, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the outfit is a contrasting monochormatic or look with no “beigey” or warm undertones. Below, I’ll list my favorite colors and patters to pair with black.
Black Shoes, Boots & Sandals
An easy answer to what color to wear with black always is black. No big surprise here, as black shoes look great with pretty much any outfit and are an easy go-to choice for black outfits. Opt for a black boot for a more casual shoe and dress pairing, while a minimal sandal, high heeled or not, compliments an evening look.
Black and White Shoes
You wouldn’t think off-hand that this pairing would work, but it’s one of my styling favorites. Black and white shoes look fabulous with white and black dresses and jumpsuits. For optimum impact, aim for more of a black shoe if the outfit has more white in it and vice versa. Black and white shoes also work great with most colorful dresses too. And are awesome shoes to wear with black dresses.
White shoes, heels, sneakers or sandals are a great match with these monochrome dresses. Just make sure the white in the heels is the same shade of white in the dress, otherwise your outfit will look mismatched to the shoes. White shoes with a hot pink dress is also an amazing look.
If' you’re looking for something that isn’t black, or white or a combination of the two, silver shoes are a great best. Because the best metallic shoe to pair with black is hands-down , a silver one.
Bright, colorful shoes look amazing with black and white outfits. Too be hones, there isn’t a color that won’t complement them, but the brighter and more saturated the color, the better it will look. Keep in mind that bright, colorful shoes are a great way of how to go about adding color to your black and white outfit.
The most popular color to wear with black and white outfits is red. Blood red, specifically. And you can’t blame the prevailing pairing: it looks incredible, with a high contrast.There’s a reason red is a showstopper.
Bright Green Shoes
People don’t normally think of adding green shoes to an outfit. Apple green looks great when paired with black and white outfits, but it also pairs well with a ton of other colors and patterns. And most of all, green is an unconventional shoe color and a great change to the more ubiquitous pink and red choices.
Fuschia and hot pink are a fashionistas favorites when it comes to matching shoes to black and white dresses. But it doesn’t matter that other pink hues won’t look just as good. An orangey-pink or salmon, magenta or purpley-pink shades-as long as they are bright and happy-will make your contrasting outfit fashion blog ready.
Blue Shoes ( Cobalt especially)
Cobalt is such a trendy color and it’s ability to creep into high and low fashion looks season after season is a testament to this hue’s staying power. It also happens to match and/or contrast well with almost anything. In pump or sandal form, cobalt shoes look great with black and white outfits and can easily take you from day to night. It’s also a great alternative to other colors such as red, which might be too racy for certain work environments. Other colors that work well with black and white, are turquoise, royal blue and deep baby blue.
Orange or Coral Shoes
If you want to break out of the simple ruby red mold, why not give orange a chance? A great, unexpected shoe color and coming back with a vengeance within fashion in general is coral, an orange-red hue that beautifully combines with black and white outfits.
Yellow, whether an orangey hue, bright sunshine yellow or in-your-face neon looks amazing with black and white outfits. I lean more towards a basic crayola yellow myself.
Leopard Print Shoes
I was debating whether to include leopard print shoes or not. It can easily go from fab to an outright disaster real quick. It pretty much depends on the animal print itself. A larger leopard print with a more prominent contrast to the base color works best. And the less brown and general warmth the print, the better. This animal print looks great with black and white striped dresses.
Smaller leopard or cheetah print shoes, will feel a little cluttered with black and white, especially when the print in the dress/outfit is a similar size to the shoe print,
Shoes to avoid with Black and White Outfits
Dark purple shoes
Almost-black navy shoes
Pastel shoes, especially very pale ones- look to similar, but not quite right with the white
Gold shoes- it’s not disastrous, but the warmer tone doesn’t do Black and White Justice
Brown shoes- to similar to the black of the outfit to compliment or contrast
Nude, off-white or beige shoes- makes a bold monochrome look boring
It’s not that these colors look HORRIBLE, but being so dark (or light), they won’t contrast well enough to liven up the outfit, nor will your shoes “pop”, so to speak. Most of all, you don’t want people guessing if that beige shoe is white or not, or if that dark navy pump is a faded black that you’re trying to match with the outfit
While hopefully, I still have your attention, you can take your shoe and outfit style guide as a way to accessorize black and white outfits, not just with your heels, but with your purses, jewelry, hats, etc. Just remember when pairing these monochrome looks with one bright accessory, such as shoes, you’ll be best of to go neutral (black/white/beige) with the rest.
Conversely, you can choose to pair that bright accessory with another color that contrasts and enhances the other one. Sunshine yellow with hot pink or green or turquoise with orange and so on.
So next time you’re wondering what color shoes to wear with a black and white outfit, come back to Styled By Trechelle Tranese page to get re-inspired
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