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It can be really tempting to perfectly match your shoes to the rest of your outfit, and sometimes it's totally chic. But fashion rules have changed. That means you've got much more room to mix and match with your look than you would have in the past.
Why It Works
While pairing dark colored skirts with dark colored shoes totally works, light colored shoes paired with darker bottoms help to break up your look. They also provide an unexpected color switch that makes your outfit all the more interesting. So next time, instead of putting on your trusty black pumps with your black skirt, try a nude or blush heel instead.
How to Wear It
If you're a little hesitant to try out this look, try one of two things. Keep your entire outfit monotone. If you're wearing a dark blue skirt, for instance, pair it with a dark blue top; the same goes for any other dark color. Then slip on your lighter colored shoe. Or pair your dark skirt with a lighter color top. The top can be the same shade as your shoe or something else in a different subtle shade. This will help to tie your shoes into the rest of your look.
Who's Wearing It
Sometimes it helps to get a little push of confidence from some of your favorite celebs. So, if you're still a little scared to try out the look, maybe "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively can convince you. She hit the red carpet in a black lace-embellished outfit and a pair of nude shoes to finish off the look.
On The Runways
Fashion runways are another fantastic place to learn how to rock the look. Take socialite-turned-designer Tory Burch. During her Spring 2011 show at New York Fashion Week, she showed navy blue pencil skirts worn with tan wedges and even took the look an edgy step further by showing black leather skirts with the same tan shoe.