What Color of Shoes Goes With a Citrus-Yellow Gown?

Opt for black footwear with your citrus-yellow gown, like actress Kerry Washington did.

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When you're heading out to a dressy event and feel like your spirits need some lifting, opt for a citrus-yellow gown. Like a sudden sun-filled day in the midst of a bleak, rainy week, lemon-hued chiffon, taffeta, tulle -- no matter the fabric -- always provides a joyful jolt of energy. If you feel like searching for the appropriately hued footwear is zapping you of this newfound exuberance, take a step back and smile. It's a much easier task than you realize.

Metallic Gold

If you're the type of girl who loves a little sparkle, just because you're wearing a citrus-yellow gown doesn't mean you can't add more pizazz to your look. Pull out all the stops by opting for a gold metallic shoe for the shine you crave without taking away from your dress. Think a long, flowing yellow gown over a pair of gold, strappy high-heel sandals. Search for minimalistic shoes with narrow heels and thin straps for just a touch of shine.


For the fashionista who loves to make a bold move with color but leaves it at that -- a single bold move -- keep your footwear subdued. Your best bet for keeping all eyes on your dress without your feet accidentally garnering attention is to go with a pair of nude shoes. Visualize tiers of lemon chiffon with your feet just peeking out from beneath the gown's hemline. A simple pair of nude, heeled sandals with a strap across your toes and one around your ankles is delightful.


When you're looking for a sleek way to style your citrus-lemon gown, your mind likely suggests super-soft colors that don't compete. One thing you may be overlooking, though, is that black works with everything. Since you're wearing a gown, the pop of black is a bit of a shock but can't possibly overwhelm the full swath of citrus-yellow material you're donning. Anchor your look with Audrey Hepburn-inspired classic black pumps for cooler weather and sandals for warm.


You may hear a lot of style info that includes the rule of thumb stating "avoid matchy-matchy looks." While this is typically true when you're throwing on a sweater and jeans during your day-to-day life, a gown suggests a dressier occasion -- the rules change a bit for these moments. Go ahead and match your footwear to your gown. Don't worry too much about finding the exact citrus-yellow hue, however. If you find a perfect match ... fantastic. If you don't, make sure the base color is the same, just a bit lighter or a bit darker. Think yellow platform sandals -- striking.

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