Regarding shoe choice

I had no idea that pairing a brown shoe with black shorts was so very wrong. It is obvious to me that I am not as stylish as I like to imagine. I am still undecided about the heels/shorts dilemma…the vote was 21-15 in favor of the heels, which is not definitive enough to inspire me with confidence… In case any of you were waiting for my shoe choice with bated breath, I have now decided to wear silver and black flat sandals with the black shorts. Until someone tells me that choice stinks too.

Sigh.

I am so not a fashion maven.

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  1. Well, the old rule (from the 50’s) is that brown and black shouldn’t go together unless you have it elsewhere. That is no longer the rule. Now brown and back both are like jeans- they match everything. And this year miss matched colors are in style (can’t get my head round that one.) If you decide you want to figure out some of that crazy stuff (I follow it because I think the trends are interesting and planned on being a designer as a kid, not because I follow their stupid homemade rules. 🙂 I like to know which ones I am breaking each year.) I would suggest checking out http:// thefashionpolice.com which make fun of the bigger crazy fashion mistakes but even that I take with a grain of salt. Usually the rule is if it looks good wear it, and sandals and heels with shorts are “all the rage” though mixed colors are as well. 🙂

  2. Well, the old rule (from the 50’s) is that brown and black shouldn’t go together unless you have it elsewhere. That is no longer the rule. Now brown and back both are like jeans- they match everything. And this year miss matched colors are in style (can’t get my head round that one.) If you decide you want to figure out some of that crazy stuff (I follow it because I think the trends are interesting and planned on being a designer as a kid, not because I follow their stupid homemade rules. 🙂 I like to know which ones I am breaking each year.) I would suggest checking out http:// fashionpolice.com which make fun of the bigger crazy fashion mistakes but even that I take with a grain of salt. Usually the rule is if it looks good wear it, and sandals and heels with shorts are “all the rage” though mixed colors are as well. 🙂

  3. You can wear flats or heels with shorts. If they are jean shorts, or something equally casual I would say flats. However, if they are nicer shorts, then heels all the way. They dress up your outfit, and make your legs look great! A dressier short can follow a lot of the same rules that you would with a skirt as far as I’m concerned.

    And I’m wearing heels and a longer pair of shorts right now at work.

  4. Well I guess I’ve been living under a rock b/c I am a young mom who’s favorite outfit this summer has been long black shorts with a cute brown tank top. I thought it was pretty stylish, myself. I say, wear what’s comfortable with confidence. That’s the key! 🙂

  5. Sounds like a great choice. You always look great!

  6. Hahaha. I was reading the “results” of the heels/shorts, brown/black debate and I too was shaking my head in disbelief at all of the fashion rules I didn’t know of. I mean, I feel like I have common sense, and usually it wins out. But still.

    Wear whatever you want with confidence and with the understanding that about 40% will still “critique.” Differences of opinion are just fine… But nobody should ever make a judgment call on anyone based on what they’re wearing (especially something as benign and modest as longer shorts and a pair of shoes, eh? :D).

  7. You should post a picture of you in the shorts and shoes so we’ll get a better idea of what you mean. I personally think it would look fine.

    I’ve heard others say that black and brown is okay together these days, but I don’t care to mix them myself. I like to wear black shoes if I’m wearing black clothes, and brown shoes with brown clothes, etc.

    I’m not into fashion at all, either, but I’m a bit picky about my shoes matching just the way I like. 🙂

  8. I’m sure you look great 🙂

    And anyway, I’ll bet that being a fashion guru isn’t your top priority. You’re a TOP MUM – much better!!!!

    Cheers, Wilm

  9. Well I’m certainly not the person to ask as I dress like the hippie chick that I am. I do work in an office, though, and see what other people wear. Some folks are really stylish and others (like me…) get by with what they can get by with. I am perfectly happy in a flowy skirt and my Birkenstocks.

    Me, personally, I never got the shorts/heels thing. I mean seriously, “dressy” shorts? What’s up with that, but oh well. I would rather see a cute skirt (or skort, if you have to) go with those heels. I dunno, shorts are shorts and just don’t say “dressy” to me.

    What are you trying to dress up for? BTW

    As for non-matching colors, I’m all about that and I think ALL colors match (see above: hippie chick). I have a friend who calls me a peacock, and yup that’s me…except when I’m wearing all black, and nopers I’m not some kid I’m 43 LOL! But I *was* quite the punk rock girl for a while back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Wow.

    Hey Mary, I say wear what ya want. If it works for you, then MAKE it work for everyone else 🙂

    “When I am old, I shall wear purple, with a red hat that doesn’t go” …

  10. Mary,

    These ‘shoe posts’ have been fun. What a great way to add a bit of levity and girl talk to your blog. Suddenly I feel 17 again (in a good way). Thank you.

  11. Let me say…..
    that by levity I just mean the kind of levity that fashion provides. I love the humor in your posts!! I have told the “poolside Korean War story” to so many of my friends. LOL for sure!!!!!
    Thanks for such a great place to visit every day.

  12. : ( I hate to think anyone’s comments made you feel bad about your taste. I’d guess that the initial aversion to brown+black is simply that people may be imagining that you’d pair brown shoes with a mostly-black outfit, or maybe a solid, bright-colored top and black shorts and then brown shoes would seem somewhat random…? And maybe they know that if there’s black in the outfit, and not brown, there’s usually another shoe that will ‘go’ better than brown? Like your casual heels (which i think TOTALLY work with a dressier, non-athletic-looking short and an equally non-sporty top) or those black and silver sandals, which sound really cute. Or slap on the brown ones with confidence and nobody will think twice about it. I’m sure you’ll find women wearing all three varieties.

    But let’s be honest. People aren’t really going to pay a lick of attention to your footwear when you’re out with your gorgeous, well-behaved, sweet-cheeks babies, are they?

  13. Mary,
    I totally didn’t chime in on the origina question because I figured anything I told you would go against the grain of conventional fashion wisdom. I wear brown and black together all the time…because I like the way it looks. I typically do not pay attention to fashion trends because they are just that – trends. {I also wear white after Labor Day – gasp! I know} 😉

  14. This is all so funny. I think the silver/black sandals were the best choice myself. Just last week I wore a navy blue dress with black shoes to work…a very stylish dress I might add. While having a conversation with a co-worker they looked back and forth, back and forth between my shoes and dress until she finally said: Is your dress black, or blue…I can’t tell. I think that she was trying to give me a subtle style update 🙂

  15. Evidently many of your commenters don’t read Lucky Magazine or watch “What Not to Wear.” The neutrals/basics are black, navy, white, denim, and brown. It’s perfectly acceptable to wear brown with black, navy with brown, etc. But a 10-year-old pair of shoes that was ugly then is still going to be ugly now, so use your fashion sense.

    Don’t have any? Get the Lucky guide to fashion. It’s super fun and easy to use, and won’t steer you wrong. I think that black shorts with silver sandals sounds nice, though.

  16. Comfort trumps style – every time, no exceptions – not even my wedding and I’m still married 🙂