Coordinating an evening look…
I have a silver evening dress and not sure if I should wear silver shoes, purse and a shawl with it or if I can wear light purple with it. (Toronto, Ontario)
The Tin (Wo)Man is not a fashion statement!
Absolutely do not drench yourself in one color, particularly a bold or metallic one. The key to chic is having the ability to understand color and texture which enhance and not overwhelm you and avoiding a flat single-note look.
If the dress is a jazzy silver, let it be the focal point– add softer accessories that complement the silver without taking away from it. You can go tone on tone as long as texture and finish add interest.
Balance textures by adding a featherweight sheer wrap with some delicate beading that picks up the silver without drowning it. Or, think about a faux silver fox boa or steel colored crushed velvet shawl for movie star glamour.
A pearlized lavender sandal or a very muted silver shoe will dissolve without being distracting. If the dress is a simple charmeuse and lingerie inspired, go for a bang up jeweled and wrapped stiletto.
Your evening bag should also add just the right amount of oomph like a ruffled satin wristlet or an eggplant clutch with a big silky flower.
Keep your legs bare, hair simple, and add a pretty amount of shine to your makeup.
–October 5, 2004