What Color Shoes and Stockings Should You Wear With a Royal Blue Evening Dress?

Kate Middleton sparkles in royal blue with beige shoes during a tour of Quebec, 2011.

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Royal blue's rich, vibrant jewel tone sets the bar high when it comes to evening wear. One diva who knows how to rock this color and does so often is the new Duchess of Cambridge, popularly known as Kate Middleton. Look to her for style cues on how to look stunning when all the attention comes your way.

Safe Stocking Choices

Nude sheer tights that blend in with your skin tone keep the focus on your dress, which is what you generally want with rich hues, including royal blue. Sophia Bush went bare-legged when she rocked a royal blue bias-cut dress at a Beverly Hills fundraiser. If you plan on wearing black shoes, black tights are another safe bet. These tights actually make your blue dress look brighter. Take it from Kate Middleton, who accessorized a royal blue dress with black for a friend's wedding in 2010.

Risky Stocking Choices

Colored tights are having a moment right now, and if you think the occasion could stand it, this might be the perfect time to show off your legs. At an arty, bohemian event, you'll be darling, but this look probably isn't a good choice for the office gala. Bold hues that pair well with royal blue include primary colors red and yellow, as well as rich plum tones. You can also go monochromatic with royal blue tights.

Shoes

If you've got royal blue shoes, this is one opportunity to put the spotlight on them. Other options include black or beige a la Kate Middleton or chocolate, Sophia Bush's preference. Cut-wise, choose heels or elegant summer sandals. You can incorporate multi-hued shoes that have brown, royal blue or black in them. Don't overlook metallics: Bronze, silver or gold could work, depending on the rest of your dress. If a dress has metallic embellishments, the shoes could really make that pop.

Putting It Together

In general, you want your stockings to match either your shoes or your dress, or to complement them (this is where the bright tights come in). However, think about the outfit as a whole before you commit to a wild look. If your shoes are a showstopper, go with neutral tights to keep the focus on the shoes and dress together. If you're doing sandals, likewise avoid big tights.

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