What Color Stockings Go With a Black Dress and Red Shoes?

What hosiery to pair with red heels depends on the occasion.

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Black and red: A classic color combo for sexiness and sophistication. You're rocking bold color in the shoes already, so what stockings to wear really depends on what kind of style maven you are. Toned-down options fly for professional dress codes and buttoned-up Betties, while flashier hues appease daring divas and weekend warriors.


A general guideline for safe dressing is to match hosiery either to your dress color or to your shoe color. Sheer black stockings are classier than opaque ones, but thick stockings are on trend and are warmer for winter months. Pick either. Do make sure the black matches the black hue in your dress. For a peppier look, try a textured tight such as a fishnet or paisley. This look is perfect for work or anywhere else you need to go.


You can match your hose to your shoes for a playful look that keeps the color vibrant. Red tights are pretty bright, so ladies with larger legs should only choose this if the dress covers the knees. Sheer or patterned tights give you subtle color, while opaque ones make a power punch. This look can be bright, so be sure you won't make too bold an entrance before you commit.

Primary Hues

If you want to make a bold fashion statement, choose a primary color to complement the red shoes. Since black is a neutral, it flies with anything. You're already rocking red, but blue and yellow are wide open! Yellow tights emphasize leg shape, so opt for blue if you've got thicker legs. Choose a canary yellow or darker mustard, or a royal or cobalt blue. Go opaque for the most contrast or sheer for more subtle color. This look isn't work appropriate, but how fun for the weekend!


Sometimes nothing feels right. In that case, you can choose to go without hosiery or you can rock a neutral pair that blends in with your skin tone. Neutral stockings keep the focus on your shoes or dress without introducing another design element. If your dress and shoes are making a big enough fashion statement, you don't need tights to compete.

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