The little black dress is a wardrobe classic, but when you really want to turn heads, an ivory dress can definitely help you stand out in the crowd. Whether it's a cocktail dress or a simple sundress, the soft ivory shade works for a variety of occasions. The only tricky part is figuring out what shoes to wear with it. Because ivory is a neutral shade, you can choose among various shoe colors, which means it's just a matter of finding the right style shoes to match the dress and occasion.
Keep It Monochromatic
For the easiest look with your ivory dress, go for an elegant monochromatic look with ivory shoes. With an ivory cocktail dress, try a pair of matching satin pumps with embellishments such as rhinestones or beads to look polished for evening. If you’re wearing an ivory eyelet sundress, ivory wedge espadrilles add summery ease to your look. Ivory ballet flats give you a sophisticated, casual look -- pair them with an ivory sheath or shirt dress for a look that works at the office or lunch with friends.
As a neutral, an ivory dress look sharp with metallic shoes when you want to add a little shine to your look. When you’re wearing a sexy ivory strapless dress for an evening out, opt for a pair of strappy silver stilettos to add some glamor to your outfit. Wear an ivory wrap dress with a pair of gold peep-toe pumps for a flirty look. If you’re wearing a simple cotton slip dress in summer, bronze gladiator sandals lend a metallic pop that’s sure to make you stand out.
When in doubt, neutral shoes are a good option with an ivory dress. If you want to look a little taller and thinner, choose a pair of nude shoes that visually extend the line of your legs. Pair an ivory shift dress with nude patent leather pumps to look lean at the office. Camel, tan and brown shoes work as well. When wearing an ivory maxi-dress, go with a pair of strappy tan heeled sandals to add a little height. In the winter, pair an ivory sweater dress with chocolate brown knee-high suede boots and matching tights to stay warm. You can also rock an ivory dress with black shoes, but the combination is definitely striking so be sure you want to stand out. Try an ivory satin tube dress with black velvet pumps to turn heads at a cocktail party.
Don’t be afraid to wear your neutral ivory dress with shoes in bold colors. With a girly ivory lace dress, add a pair of bright red pointy-toe pumps to give the look grown-up style. When you’re wearing a simple ivory shirt dress, opt for a pair of cobalt ballet flats to perk up your outfit. Bold patterns work well too -- animal print stilettos make an ivory bandage dress look even sexier for a night out on the town, while multicolor floral print wedges give personality to an otherwise plain ivory cotton sundress.
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Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
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