When to Wear White Leather Shoes

Add white leather shoes to your all-white look, like Chloe Sims.

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There's something about finding a pair of white leather shoes that's like finding a four-leaf clover. Since white shoes cause all sorts of panic over the right season and whether they look sleek or too industry-specific -- think white clogs paired with medical scrubs -- they're cause for deep consideration. Here are your new ground rules: if you love them and they take on a classic or on-trend form, you're good to go. Yep ... even after Labor Day. Well ... as long as you wear them with a super-chic ensemble.

With a Warm-Weather Look

When the temperature is warming up and your outfit is cheerfully meant for warmer weather, it's often a bit confusing when you get to the footwear. Imagine you found a beautiful chambray, puff-sleeve mini-dress and you want to keep it looking fresh and pretty, but not formal ... but also not too beachy. You could go for a pair of nude flats, but when you've been doing the nude flats thing for several seasons, white is a fresh new approach at neutral. Oh, and a pair of white leather flats keeps you out of sandals AND out of heels -- perfect casual chic.

With Black Tights

When you're wearing a pair of black tights, your instinct -- and just about every other woman's instinct -- is typically to go for a darker shoe such as black. Pushing the envelope may include burgundy or dark gray, but white? Well ... if you love to take fashion risks and have a particular penchant for mod-inspired ensembles, do the black tights with white leather pumps thing -- it's an instant showstopper. Try this new idea out with a dark, solid-hued dress to avoid any competition.

With White

A foolproof way to wear white shoes is ... with more white. Close your eyes and imagine you're touring the Greek isles with your hair blowing in the salty breeze. Go for this resort-inspired feel and success is yours. Think lightweight, sheer-ish white maxi-dress with strappy white leather sandals. If you're worried about the look ending up in uniform territory, opt for a low-slung belt to add some life to your boho-inspired look. Go with a neutral such as nude or liven things up with a vibrant color such as cobalt.

With a Bold Dress

A bold mini-dress worn for a special occasion or for a date night is a statement all on its own, which is why you probably immediately think of a neutral shoe that blends with your skin tone. However, when it's hot out and somehow neutral shoes feel too same-old-same-old, go for a white hot look with ... yep ... white leather shoes. A super-saturated hot pink dress is stunning, but it appears fresh and intensified when paired with a pair of white leather platforms. Veer away from a bridal look with platforms that have extra detailing like pewter hardware or stacked wooden heels.

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