What Type and Color of Shoes to Pair With Black Lace Dresses?

Anne Hathaway creates a timeless look by pairing her black lace dress with classic black high heels.
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A black lace dress is a perfect option for a wide range of occasions and events. Wear a shift or sheath style to go from the office to after-work drinks, or choose a sexier cut -- strapless or backless, for example -- for a cocktail party. Regardless of the specific cut of your lace dress, the classic fabric and color can be worn effortlessly with a wide range of footwear styles.

1 Ladylike Classics

Create an ultra chic look by pairing your lace dress with classic patent leather pumps in a neutral hue -- black, nude or cream are all sophisticated options. If your dress has a more casual vibe, wear it with ladylike black ballet flats or a comfortable pair of off-white smoking slippers or loafers.

2 Pop of Color

A black lace dress is the ideal backdrop against which to show off a brightly colored or embellished pair of shoes. For an evening occasion, choose a bright pink pair of snakeskin pumps or a jewel-encrusted pair of strappy stiletto sandals. During the daytime, opt for a pair of teal patent leather pointy-toe flats or bright gold espadrilles.

Katherine Mitt has been contributing to online publications since 2009, focusing primarily on fashion and style topics. She holds a B.A. in English from a small liberal arts school.