Styling Advice: Brooke Falvey on how to style colourful footwear

A fashion writer, stylist, and lifestyle blogger, Brooke Falvey has lived a life full of adventure and style. Having a successful career as a journalist led her to marry her writing skills with her passions to create a space for women to connect and draw inspiration through her everyday fashion advice and travel tales. Brooke loves to add colour and fun into her wardrobe - and her life!

@what_brooke_wore

A fashion writer, stylist, and lifestyle blogger, Brooke Falvey has lived a life full of adventure and style. Having a successful career as a journalist led her to marry her writing skills with her passions to create a space for women to connect and draw inspiration through her everyday fashion advice and travel tales. Brooke loves to add colour and fun into her wardrobe - and her life!

@what_brooke_wore


Have you ever looked at your wardrobe and thought,“Why do I only own black and tan shoes?”

Or, even all black or neutral-toned clothes? You're not alone; many women gravitate to black, tan and skin toned shoes because they aren't sure how to wear coloured shoes.

When I saw the colourful new arrivals at FRANKiE4 footwear, my heart skipped a beat because adding a colourful shoe to your outfit is my top suggestion for women wanting to incorporate more colour into their wardrobes especially if they’re not used to it.

While I am a huge supporter of the leg elongating-abilities of the neutral shoe (I’m only 163cm so the illusion of extra height is something I love), I also love making an outfit pop by swapping out my usual tan, metallic or skin-toned shoes for coloured ones.

The simple, small addition of coloured shoe can take a normal outfit and make give it a splash more sass or personality—or take an already bold outfit to the next level.

Have you ever looked at your wardrobe and thought,
“Why do I only own black and tan shoes?”
 
Or, even all black or neutral-toned clothes? You're not alone; many women gravitate to black, tan and skin toned shoes because they aren't sure how to wear coloured shoes.
 
When I saw the colourful new arrivals at FRANKiE4 footwear, my heart skipped a beat because adding a colourful shoe to your outfit
is my top suggestion for women wanting to incorporate more colour into their wardrobes especially if they’re not used to it. While I am a huge supporter of the leg elongating-abilities of the neutral shoe (I’m only 163cm so the illusion of extra height is something I love),
I also love making an outfit pop by swapping out my usual tan, metallic or skin-toned shoes for coloured ones.
 
The simple, small addition of a coloured shoe can take a normal outfit and give it a splash more sass or personality—or take an already bold outfit to the next level.

For those who are new to the coloured shoe, here are a couple of tips to help you get started:

1. If your outfit has a colour in it, your shoes can be any shade of that tone.

2. Don’t be afraid to combine different colours.

3. Wear bright shoes with a neutral ensemble; you don’t need to match shoes with your handbag or pick up another colour in your ensemble. Bright shoes make a statement on their own.

Featuring AiNSLEY Teal

Featuring AiNSLEY Teal

Colour and print

A super easy way to style a pair of coloured shoes is to pair them back with a print that features that colour—which is what I’ve done here. You could start with the print and find a shoe to match, or start with the shoe and then look for an outfit with a print featuring the same colour. Either way, the colour in the print will tie the pieces together for you.

This Maiocchi dress features multi-coloured stripes making it the perfect dress to wear with coloured shoes—like the AiNSLEY in Teal, which not only matches one of the stripes, but makes the pink and purple stripes in the dress pop.

Experimenting with colours

Here I’ve paired the iVY in Mustard Croc but with a fun little sundress for a casual look. The dress has a ditsy floral print featuring the same shade of yellow/mustard.

If you’re willing to experiment with colours, you can create a really fun outfit by combining two or more different hues. And if you’re unsure of what colours might look good together, try some of these combinations:

Red shoes: Pink, orange, green, black, white, neutrals, and navy
Yellow/mustard shoes: Blue, black and white, and green
Silver shoes: White, red, purple, neutrals, indigo, and black
Orange shoes: Blue, green, white, earth tones, red, and yellow
Green shoes: Brown, black, blue, green, neutrals, and yellow
Gold shoes: Black, red, white, emerald, blue, and burgundy
Blue shoes: Yellow, neutrals, brown, white, and green

Featuring NAT Cherry and LUCY Navy

Featuring NAT Cherry and LUCY Navy

Complimenting shades

Coloured shoes look great when paired with their own colour (no matter the hue) for an on-trend tonal look, or go for complementary colours, like the LUCY sneaker in Navy paired back with a bold and bright magenta dress.

Featuring LUCY Navy

Hues of blue

Navy looks particularly fantastic when paired with blue garments. Whether you choose baby blue, cobalt, or navy itself, navy shoes (or in my case the LUCY sneaker) look great when paired with shades of blue. Or you could add white, yellow or green for a fresh, summery look.

Featuring LUCY Navy

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