What Color Clothes Match Red Shoes?

Actress Ariel Winter wears a black-and-white print dress with red pumps in New York City in 2013.
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You look sharp in your black pair and casual in your brown pair; but when you slip on red, your shoes make a statement all on their own. Red shoes are attention-getters -- and rightly so. Don't think too hard about matching your shoes to your wardrobe. Red shoes are at their best when they don’t have to share the spotlight.

1 Neutral Solids

Let your red shoes be the punctuation mark at the end of a neutral outfit. White, black, gray, tan and navy are reliable favorites that gain a lively boost with a pop of red on your feet. Accent a little black dress with red pumps for a dressed-up look, or go ultra casual with a pair of denim shorts, a black T-shirt and red ballet flats.

2 Patterns and Prints

Wear red with printed pieces, such as a leopard-print top, floral skirt or polka-dot shirtdress. Keep the print palette neutral, but if your heart is set on color, a floral sundress in pink, coral and other red-family hues can stand up against your ruby shoes. For a nautical look, team a navy-and-white striped tee with khaki shorts and red boat shoes. Punch up your seafaring look with chunky gold accessories.

Stacey Kole holds a Master's Degree in Education and has written for a variety of education publications. She also was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy, penning cover stories on such celebrities as Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough.