After chugging your second mocha frappa whatever of the day, you notice a young woman walk into your office. Her hair is freshly styled & her makeup is light & dewy. She’s wearing a tailored navy, long-sleeve blouse that’s paneled in the front & has just the right amount of pouf in the shoulders. It’s met by a high-waisted, cream colored pencil skirt & cinched at the waist with a muted & tasteful thin leopard belt. All at once, you silently commend her for her summer style choice, start thinking about where you can get your hands on that skirt in your size & then you notice her footwear of choice: black pumps. Utter fashion fail.
It seems like the more fashion rules there are, the more inclined I am to want to break them. Black dress accented by a brown leather belt? One of my favorites. Mixing silver & gold accessories? Do it on a daily basis. Sporting white after Labor Day on more than one occasion? I’m a pro. While I do enjoying toying with the line of what is fashionably acceptable & what is not, when it comes to workwear I’m a bit of a stickler. Today’s rule in question: Footwear should be the same color, or in the same color family, as the color of the article of clothing on your bottom half. [Note the exception of the super fun heels you just found on your weekend binge at DSW.]
While that pretty girl you spotted in your office will try to explain that the black pumps she’s sporting are acceptable due to the hint of black in her leopard belt, you know better. You know that it’s never fashionably acceptable to wear that dark of a shoe with a cream skirt. Tisk tisk. Black pumps are fine…for outfits that are black. There’s no easier way to kill a fashion forward frock with dull black leather duds. Enter: the nude pump i.e., your go-to shoe for summer.
There are 3 months out of the year where I make a concerted effort to wear something other than black. Shocking, I know. During this time, I live in any flavor of footwear that is nude. Flats make the perfect commuting or lazy day choice, a solid patent heel should be your go-to throughout the week to match with any color in your closet including navy blue skirts/pants/dresses, slingbacks are reserved for more casual affairs & suede is a classic transition from the warmer to cooler months. & these trusty favorites are always a viable option.
Subbing in another “color” for black in the summertime doesn’t mean you don’t love that favorite color of ours any less nor does it make your attire less formal or work appropriate. As the season change so must your go-to pieces. The nude pump may only show its face for a few months out of the year but this staple is here to stay.
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