Bright spring shoes: when it comes to creating an outfit with the “pop of color” trend, neutrals are key
I think it’s easiest to wear bright spring shoes when everything, or most everything is neutral. Bright stilettos can too easily fall into the category of “trashy” attire, the very opposite of laid back, effortless, chic style, so I’m always careful when I wear them.
For example, if you wear them with a tight, bright, off the shoulder bodycon dress, you would more likely be mistaken as a Playboy bunny rather than the Sartorialist’s next photography inspiration. Ditto with anything short, tight and animal print.
Your pop of color spring shoes are the star of the show
So how do you wear bright stilettos without looking “slutty?” You let the bright, sexy shoe be the star of the show. Nothing else should distract from all it’s glory. No cleavage please. Neutrals with a pop of color works wonderfully.
Remember the star of the show doesn’t want to share her spotlight!
I work in a neutral palette: black white and cream (on the hat).
Note to apple shapes:
This outfit also looks really great on apple shapes because it showcases an apple shape’s best feature– legs! The vest also acts to elongate the torso and cinch in the waist. Hot pants (tailored shorts) also create the illusion of wider hips because of the horizontal line they create, which apple shapes want to balance out wide shoulders.
Mixing masculine + feminine pieces = instant cool
Lastly, I love mixing masculine and feminine elements to make any outfit. It amps up the “cool” factor in any outfit, I swear! In this outfit I mixed the masculine elements: men’s fedora + menswear inspired pinstripe waistcoat (vest) with the feminine elements: sheer, billowy sleeves + sexy pink stilettos. And tada! You can wear your hot pink stilettos with class.
Do you like the pop of color trend? How do you wear it? I’d love to know.
Where to get items similar to what I’m wearing
I like fedoras that don’t have a wide floppy brim. They also can’t be too tall. This one fits the bill.
Here’s a similar white tank with a billowy flutter sleeve that keeps this outfit from looking too masculine.
I love J Crew’s flat front shorts. Super flattering on an apple shape.
If I could go back, I’d actually get stilettos that weren’t shiny. These are gorgeous.
Want more spring outfit inspiration?
I love white shorts in spring and summer. This was a fun photo shoot, complete with a bright red vintage bike.
The most beautiful floral romper I’ve laid my eyes on.
I want to copy this. Big sunglasses, a tie front blouse, and short shorts.
And of course nothing says spring like a breezy feminine dress and peep toe heels. Thanks for the inspiration Jessica Alba.