“Come on, Barbie! Let’s go… Figure out what color shoes to wear with a hot pink dress!”
Barbie seems to have become the summer’s ultimate muse and we’re here for that. Because of Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, everyone’s shopping for hot pink dresses, accessories, and stilettos. But everyone’s wondering how to style a hot pink wardrobe without looking like a hot mess, too.
Chanel, Versace, and Valentino have presented collections fit for Barbie lovers.
Anne Hathaway, Zandaya, and Lizzo (as well as a bunch of other stars) have hopped on the bandwagon and sported head-to-toe hot pink ensembles. Barbiecore’s the newest sartorial sensation stirring up the style scene and we couldn’t be more excited to see whether we can wear the hot pink aesthetic – the right way.
What’s the best way to style a hot pink dress? We’re happy you asked because we’re bursting with fun and fresh fashion tips! And, we’re bringing you a few of our favorite colors to sport on your feet when you decide to put your own twist on the Barbiecore trend. Read more down below!
What’s the best way to style a hot pink dress?
What do you do when you start wondering whether you’re worthy of the hot pink trend? Well, you get your hands on a hot pink frock and a bunch of accessories to match – and you strut down the street with your head held high.
We know that not everyone’s fond of the vibrant hue, but “don’t knock it ’till you try it.”
While the head-to-toe magenta ensembles seem to be the proper way to do the trend, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t put your twist on the hot pink dress with sheer black tights and black stilettos for a timeless, classic look or a lime green clutch combined with lime green accessories for a color-block moment.
Whatever you decide to do, remember to have fun. Power dressing, dopamine dressing, Barbicore, and a bunch of other trends that have taken the Internet by storm over the past few years are pretty much a response to basic, boring looks we’ve been wearing.
Buy the metallic, mustard yellow strappy sandals you caught a glimpse of when you were walking down the street. Wear the bright red, silky slip dress with a red lip for a confidence boost. Throw on a hot pink dress with whatever color stilettos, flats, or sneakers you want – you do you, boo.
On the off chance that you’re out of ideas, though, check out our guide and use it as inspiration.
What color shoes go with a hot pink dress?
1. Hot pink for a signature monochromatic Barbie moment
Bubblegum pink, magenta, fuschia – the hotter the hue the better.
When you’re on the hunt for the perfect pair of pumps to go with your hot pink dress, don’t shy away from going all out. Matching hot pink stilettos would complement the hot pink dress perfectly and make you look like the cutest cupcake that you are.
We could go on and on about celebrities that have worn head-to-toe pink ensembles – from Gigi Hadid and Zandaya to Vanessa Hudgens and Lana Condor, hot pink looks seemed to have amassed a following. We suggest going for Valentino hot pink pumps or affordable alternatives you can get at Zara or Asos.
2. Black for a timeless, classic ensemble
There’s nothing more attractive than a pink mini dress combined with sheer black tights and black stilettos. Or a pink silky slip combined with black strappy sandals. Or a pink blazer dress combined with black combat boots. Pink and black go together better than birds of a feather and that’s a fact.
So, when you’re wondering how on Earth to wear an eye-catching color without betraying your signature style – go for black footwear and matching accessories. Whether you tie the ensemble together by adding a black belt or throwing on a black blazer, you’re guaranteed to turn heads.
3. White for the summer
Black footwear can make you appear bottom-heavy when you’re unable to balance out the proportions with matching accessories. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep the sleek look you get when you combine a vibrant color with a neutral one. Black and white are your BFFs – so, go for white footwear.
White strappy sandals are the perfect fit for the summer. They’re simple to style because they’re great with everything you own and they’re bound to balance out the reds, pinks, and yellows you tend to gravitate toward when the weather gets hotter.
Throw on your favorite white strappy sandals, white sunnies, and a white tote, and you’re ready to take on the world.
4. Nude for a simple, subdued look
Whether you’re going to a garden party, attending a beach wedding, or wondering whether you could get away with being barefoot because you don’t have the right footwear to match your dress – try nude stilettoes, strappy sandals, or even espadrilles.
Nude footwear can save the day, no matter what you’re wearing.
More often than not, nude footwear makes your legs look longer (even when you’re wearing flats). Moreover, when you get the exact shade of nude that matches you to a tee, you won’t have to worry about finding the right footwear – nude goes with everything.
What color shoes to wear with a pink dress? Nude, of course!
5. Cinderella slippers to complete the Barbiecore aesthetic
We can’t even fathom trying out the Brabicore trend without wearing Cinderella slippers. Barbie and Cinderella might not be from the same universe, but you can’t even argue that the two don’t have the same aesthetic. Cinderella slippers, or vinyl stilettoes, are guaranteed to make your dreams come true.
Now, you don’t have to break the bank on the OG Amina Muaddi Begum pumps. Instead, you can opt for an affordable alternative available at Zara, Mango, Asos, and H&M – and a bunch of other stores because everyone’s been coming out with their versions for quite a while now.
6. Silver for a foolproof way to slay the trend
Metallics are known to add a sprinkle of “je ne sais quoi” to boring, basic outfits.
They’re also a great way to play with vibrant hues, too. Before you get ready for a date or an event, consider combining your hot pink dress with silver stilettos or strappy sandals. Silver ballet flats would be a cute route for a daytime date, too.
When you throw on your favorite silver earring, a sparkly clutch, and maybe even a shimmery belt, you’re going to look like a million dollars.
7. Gold for an unexpected take on the metallic trend
OK, gold might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
But, we noticed that gold accents and accessories seem to have a comeback, with gold strappy sandals, metallic handbags, and gold belts popping up from every store we’ve been to. Before you opt for something safe, experiment with gold. You might be surprised how well the two colors combine.
We’re obsessed with Larroudé slingbacks and Steve Madden strappy stilettos with 3D butterflies, but you can go with whatever gold heels or flats you can get your hands on.
8. Bright red, orange-red, and scarlet for a mix-and-match moment
Now we’re talking! When you’re trying to figure out what color shoes to wear with a hot pink dress, you’re probably thinking that you need to go for something simple and subdued because you want everyone’s eyes on the dress.
While there’s nothing wrong with that, you’d be surprised at how well color blocking can achieve a chic, Parisian-like look, too. Bright red, orange-red, and scarlet are great colors to experiment with. Whether you go for red footwear, a red handbag, or a red blazer draped over your shoulders, you’re going to turn some heads!
9. Forest, mint, and lime green for a pop of color
Moving on to other colors that work with pink. Forest, mint, and lime green accents are going to transform your ‘fit from drab to fab within minutes.
A hot pink slip dress with lime green pointy-toe pumps? Yes! A hot pink mini with a mint blazer and a matching clutch? Absolutely! A hot pink Chanel-style suit set with red strappy sandals and a forest green handbag? Anna Wintour-approved!
At the end of the day, fashion rules are meant to be broken. You’re free to wear whatever colors, patterns, and fabrics speak to you.
10. Ochre, mustard, and marigold yellow for a statement
We might have saved the best color combination for the end of the article – ochre, mustard, and marigold might not be your first thought when you’re trying to figure out what color shoes to wear with a hot pink dress. However, we can attest to the fact that these colors make for the most beautiful, breathtaking ensembles.
Summer’s around the corner and you shouldn’t waste your time on black-and-white combinations. Save the blacks and whites for when you’re struggling to put an outfit together and turn to mood-boosting, bright hues guaranteed to make your outfits worth repeating. Good luck!