Have you ever wandered through the mall and wondered how those girls can make jeans and a T-shirt look so stylish, while the same outfit on you makes you look like you just rolled out of bed and got dressed in the dark? The difference between those girls and you is shoes. A great pair of shoes can turn any outfit from frumpy to fabulous. Here are five shoe styles that can instantly transform any outfit:
Ballerina flats look fantastic with a pair of jeans and a printed T-shirt. As comfortable as flip-flops but not as casual, these lovely flats make your feet look like you actually gave some thought to what you’d put them into. They key to dressing up your T-shirt with a pair of ballerina flats is to wear a pair that compliments the color of your shirt. For instance, if you’ve designed a blue shirt with gray lettering, wear a pair of gray flats. If you’ve designed a multi-colored shirt, pull one color out and wear it on your feet.
Boots are a popular choice no matter the season. Whether you choose ankle- or calf-length, boots instantly add a touch of style to anything that you put on. In the spring, pair your boots with a breezy top and a pair of leggings. In the winter, a pair of calf-length boots, skinny jeans and a chunky sweater will take just minutes to put together but make you look like you spent hours getting ready. Be very careful wearing patterned boots. If you fall in love with a leopard print pair of calf-length boots, make sure that you wear them with a plain-colored top and skirt or pair of jeans; you don’t want to look like you just ran away from the zoo.
Colorful sneakers are all the rage right now and, believe it or not, they can dress up an outfit if worn right. Better than your mom’s plain, white tennies, colorful sneakers can set off your look by adding a splash of excitement to your feet. If you want to wear a pair of brightly colored kicks, be sure to pair them with more laid-back clothing. A pair of rolled-up khakis and a plain T-shirt look super cute with colorful sneakers on your feet.
Chunky heels are a fabulous way to dress up a casual outfit. Not only are they great looking, but chunky heels can actually be comfortable to walk in. No matter if you’re wearing jeans or khakis, these shoes will give you a bit of height and a ton of style. Look for heels in fun patterns or traditional colors; no matter which pair you choose, you’re sure to give those fashionistas at the mall a run for their money.
Flannel is hugely popular this year, especially when it comes to your feet. From slippers to flats, heels to boots, you can find shoes covered in flannel on any store’s shelf. While the shoes are seasonal, they’re still a great buy. You can pair flannel shoes with a sweater, a hoodie or even a dressy blouse; the shoes lend themselves well to any outfit that you decide to put together.
If you’re looking for a quick way to turn casual Friday into stylish Friday, pay attention to what you’re putting on your feet. Shoes can give your outfit a whole new look. No matter if you’re wearing a customized T-shirt like this or your favorite sweater, choosing a fabulous pair of shoes will make it look instantly glamorous.
Amy Nielson is an avid blogger who writes enjoys writing for fashion sites. You can follow her on Twitter @NielsonAmy.