Q&A Tuesday


I often see comments about picking shoes that are “neutral to you”, do you have any tips on how to put that into practice? I have pretty fair skin and am not sure what colors/shades to pick since I often feel like they look pretty tan. Also, can you provide any tips on how to pick flats if you are petite so that even though you don’t add height with heel you don’t shorten yourself either. Thanks! – Gabriela 

I also have very fair skin, so fair that we joke that it’s see through. Don’t worry so much about a perfect match. Instead, find a color that goes with your skin. If your skin is on the fair side, it’s easier to find an appropriate shade. It is more difficult to find a neutral when you have darker skin. Just google “nude pumps” and you’ll see thousands of pictures of the shoes appropriate for fair to medium skin. Retail and designers are still using the term “nude” as a universal shade. In fact, the only designer to notice a huge void in “nude” shoes was Christian Louboutin. At $650 a pair, they’re not necessarily accessible, so we rounded up options that would work for all skin tones, from see-through pale to deep and dark in flats and heels, at more wallet-friendly prices.

Remember, if you are on the petite side, it’s especially important to wear a flat with a pointed toe. The point will help elongate your leg, giving the illusion of height without having to wear a heel.

Nude Flat OptionsLeft to Right: Franco Sarto Hawk d’Orsay Flat, $50; BC Footwear Women’s Rebel Flat, $25; Nine West Women’s Deputy Flat, $70; Clarks Artisan Women’s Corabeth Abby Pointed Toe Flats, Cognac $110; Gabriella Rocha Alyssa, $65

Nude Heel OptionsLeft to Right: Ivanka Trump ‘Carra’ Pump, $135; Ivanka Trump ‘Boni’ Pointy Toe Pump, $110; Women’s LAUREN Ralph Lauren Adena Pump, $80; BCBGeneration Women’s Bg-Cielo Pump, $80

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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