We have an assignment for you. Look in your closet and take an inventory of your heels. They could be sandals too. What colors are they? If we had to guess, we’d say probably black, and maybe a brown pair or two. If this sounds like your shoe situation, you’re not alone, and there’s nothing wrong with wearing brown heels or black heels, but you’re missing out on a wide variety of outfits if you don’t own heels in one particular color: nude.
Think about it — how many outfits did you decide not to wear because your brown or black heels didn’t quite match the look? If you had nude heels, you’d be able to wear them with literally anything and during any season. If you don’t yet have nude shoes, or if you do but don’t quite know what types of women’s dresses, bottoms, jackets, or accessories to wear with them, read our guidance on the best outfits to wear with nude heels.
When you think of the word, “nude,” try not to get too caught up in the exact definition. While it may imply that it is skin tone, not everyone has the same color of skin, so there can’t possibly be one single “nude” color. In fact, when you shop for nude-colored shoes, you will likely see a wide variety of shades grouped under the category. Such colors can include different shades of beige, bisque, tan, golden, and deep. So when thinking of “nude,” try instead to think of “neutrally hued,” meaning any color that looks good with whatever your skin tone might be. When wearing a nude shoe, you’re also able to match a wide variety of outfits.
One classy, chic, timeless way to wear nude heels is with a monochrome outfit that matches the color of the heel. It doesn’t have to be an exact match, of course, but wearing nude heels with something like a cream or beige pencil skirt and similarly colored turtleneck can be remarkably classy, professional, and sexy. If you’re accustomed to always wearing basic black, try nude and see how you feel. Odds are you’ll look amazingly sophisticated. Just wear accessories that match and aren’t too bold.
Navy doesn’t go with black very well, so a nude pair of shoes is a great option for navy-colored clothing. If one of the best raincoats in your closet has been hanging there without ever being worn because you’ve never found shoes that match its classic navy hue, you can finally pull it out and put it on if you have a pair of nude heels. And if you have a navy blue purse that fits all your essentials just right and looks like a million bucks, you can finally use it. Let some nude heels open up a whole new world for your wardrobe.
When you have a top, a dress, or pants in a bold pattern or print, you don’t want a bold-colored shoe to steal away all the attention. Instead, you want that bold print or pattern to be the star, right? When you have neutral, nude-colored heels, you don’t have to worry about your shoes interfering or stealing the show. If it’s a dress or skirt you’re wearing, you’ll want to be mindful of the hosiery you wear with it too. It should either blend in with the base color or not be noticed at all.
Sure it might be cliché, but spring and summer beg you to wear pastel colors and floral prints. After all, you can’t wear them during any other times of the year, unless you’re wearing something like leaves in fall or holly in winter. You might as well take advantage of all the floral coming alive in spring and summer by wearing it in style and making it the star of the show. Don’t kill the florals with a dark black pair of heels. And don’t bore them with basic brown. Similarly, don’t drown your pastels in a color that overpowers the delicate powdery hues. Nude is absolutely the safest bet in this situation.
Just as nude goes with navy, it also pairs perfectly with jeans. Yes, jeans pretty much go with any type of shoe, but the ones that stand out most are the nude heels. They take your jeans game to a whole new level of class and style. Skinny jeans look great with nude heels, but so do straight-leg jeans or even boot-leg. Again, you’re going to want to make sure your accessories match. A nude clutch, for example, would be ideal.
When it comes to nude heels, you can’t go wrong, since they match perfectly with so many types of outfits.