What Color Heels Match a Cream Dress?

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Taylor Swift pairs a glitzy gown with neutral shoes at a New York City gala in December 2012.
Taylor Swift pairs a glitzy gown with neutral shoes at a New York City gala in December 2012. (Image: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

If you love shoes-- and who doesn't?-- a cream colored dress can be your fashionable best friend. A summery eyelet minidress, a billowy boho cotton or a classic wool winter white can be a backdrop for your creativity as you accessorize. Take a tip from singer Taylor Swift, who one blogger says "loves a cream dress": Swift pairs them with everything, from matching sequins and satin to black tights and brogues. Just keep in mind the style, the season and your whims: There are many ways to go right with this look, and few to go wrong.

Begin with basic black. If your cream dress is lightweight and summery, strappy sandals or peep-toe patent wedges will work. If it's winter and you want to wear your cream lace dress, anyway-- as Swift did to mixed reviews-- black tights and boots or lace-ups are a seasonally appropriate, if edgier, look. For structured, wool winter whites, a sleek black ankle boot will weather the storms. Also check out Bouchra Jarrar's spring 2013 runway look, pairing a sleek cream dress with tall black Louboutin ankle straps: an instant classic.

Gala Gonzalez attends an Armani opening in Madrid, Spain, in April 2013.
Gala Gonzalez attends an Armani opening in Madrid, Spain, in April 2013. (Image: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Allow your dress to take the spotlight. Neutral or nude color heels will show off your legs, making them look long and lean, and they'll also draw the attention to your dress. Camel-color sandals or cork wedges will complete a nostalgic, vintage or boho look.

A model wears barely-there neutral heels at a Fall/Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Week show in Moscow.
A model wears barely-there neutral heels at a Fall/Winter 2013-2014 Fashion Week show in Moscow. (Image: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Kick up your heels and have some fun with brights. Every season has its "it" color, from coral or tangerine to teal or emerald. These new hues often sparkle at their most spectacular in sky-high heels. So if you couldn't resist those ruby slippers, sapphire stilettos or purple pumps, let your shoes take center-stage while your cream dress quietly fades into the background.

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander's yellow heels draw attention at the Elle style awards in London.
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander's yellow heels draw attention at the Elle style awards in London. (Image: Tim Whitby/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Do some footwork and find a perfect match. It sounds counterintuitive, but cream shoes with a cream dress can be the hardest to pull off. If you're a perfectionist, though, you'll enjoy the quest. Celebrities who love the look probably have people to help: Kate Middleton, for example, is often seen in matchy classic combos. First lady Michelle Obama matched her shoes to her 2013 cream Easter outfit, a reprise of a Prabal Gurung dress she first wore in 2010. For a special occasion dress, you can always dye the shoes to get the hue just right.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, shows a perfectly proper look.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, shows a perfectly proper look. (Image: Chris McGrath/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

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