Wearing orange shoes might seam daunting, but sometimes a bold color for your feet is just the thing to complete a summer outfit. Orange can be a tough color to wear with confidence, but most orange pieces actually bring out warm tones in the skin. Plus, an orange pump is so far from your face, you couldn’t hope for a more casual way to sneak orange into your attire.
Before shopping for specific pieces to pair with your orange shoes, remember that these shoes are loud and proud, but will conform to whatever outfit you ask them to. When you stand in the mirror, you’ll know if it’s right, so trust your instincts first and foremost. As long as you let your orange shoes find their way into your wardrobe on their own terms, you can’t go wrong. But in general, orange shoes go well with four outfit palates.
Orange and blue are complimentary colors, meaning they sit directly across from each other on the color wheel. And like the phrase indicates, these hues bring out the very best in each other well. Try pairing a denim or navy with your orange shoes; it’ will make them stand out in a way that’s noticeable but not garish.
A great way to work a new color into your closet is to pair it with neutrals. For orange shoes in particular, stick to the earth tones of tan, beige and taupe. These colors will create a warm base that allows your orange shoes to take center stage. If your outfit is made up, primarily, of lighter shades, throw on a few chocolate pieces of jewelry to deepen the experience. Then, finish up with your bright orange treads and the earth mama motif is complete.
White and black are usually great colors to wear with exciting footwear; they take the backseat but always flatter. However, wearing black in this particular pairing will risk you resembling a pumpkin. White looks great with nearly anything, and will bring out the summery best of your orange shoes. Throw on a few brown or tan pieces of jewelry or scarves to add a little flavor.
If your skin tone is medium to dark, consider using red and yellow to create a sunset of colors when paired with your orange shoes. If your outfit is too bright, it can overwhelm fair skin tones, but the warmth of red, yellow and orange will create a veritable halo of heat as you step out.
In general, it’s a good idea to avoid greens and purples when you wear those orange shoes. The brightness of those colors could an overall clown-like appearance that is unwanted, to say the least. Of course, this is just a general rule and much depends on the particular shoes you’re trying to wear. And as with any fashion-related advice, the most fundamental rules still apply. Put on a smile and a good-sized heap of confidence and you’ll rock those orange shoes no matter what.