What Color Shoes Should I Wear With a Brown Dress?
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Almost everyone looks good in brown; it complements most skin tones and hair and eye colors. But if you've ever worn a brown dress and been stumped by what shoes to wear, you're not alone—it's a real fashion conundrum. Here are some ideas to help you style a brown dress.

Contrasting Brown

A contrasting brown shoe is a great look with a brown dress. If the dress is a chocolate brown, go with a tan shoe. If the dress is a lighter shade, opt for a deep brown shoe. Avoid wearing matching browns, which looks way too dull.

White and Off-White

A chunky white shoe contrasts really beautifully with a brown dress. Champagne and other creamy shades also go well with certain shades of brown.


For a fun retro look, try pairing a brown dress with a light pink shoe. This combo has a 1960s throwback appeal. Wanna go all out? Sprinkle in some gray and light blue accessories.


To get a bold contrasting accent, pair a brown dress with a bright yellow shoe. This look has an earthy feel and looks very natural.


Conventional wisdom holds that brown and black should never mix in fashion, but this doesn't have to be true. While dark brown and black may not always be a good match, lighter shades of brown have enough contrast with black to work.