You’ve picked the perfect black dress for that special occasion and thought the styling would be simple. Suddenly, though, the idea of head-to-toe black is making you feel drab instead of fab. Don’t fall into the trap of automatically reaching for black heels when an equally stylish yet unexpected alternative is waiting in the wings. Liven things up with a pair of nude stilettos for a look that’s anything but snooze-worthy.

Lengthen Your Legs

Just like black, nude is a neutral color that goes with virtually everything. When worn together, black and nude not only coordinate, they also look classy and sassy at once. To start, select a pair of nude stiletto pumps that match your skin tone. Choose open-toe, pointy-toe, leather or patent leather varieties -- all have a leg-lengthening effect, which is reason enough to make the switch from black to nude. You can also opt for stilettos in a strappy style, particularly when the weather is warmer. Finish your LBD and nude stilettos with complementary metallic accessories -- think gold bangles, dangling silver earrings or layers of mixed metal chains -- and carry a small nude clutch to tie the look together.