The lace looks elegant while the white color looks clean and polished. But what shoes to wear with a white lace dress that’s been hanging in your closet for a while?
A white lace dress is so versatile. It is a show-stopping piece of clothing, with a perfect mixture of elegance, classiness, seductiveness, and femininity.
It can be worn on many occasions, both formal and informal. You can wear it to your casual date night and also to a charity party. However, it’s important to style it right with the right kind of jewelry, bag, hair, and make-up.
As well as shoes. Especially shoes! These can either make or break your outfit, compliment, or ruin the appearance of your white lace dress. They can be either a complete hit or a total disaster.
What shoes to wear with a white lace dress for casual occasions?
When you hear the word casual, you automatically think of sneakers, right? Me too! Sneakers are one of those shoes you can wear from grocery shopping to Sunday brunch. For each occasion, you’ll feel comfy and look stylish.
With a white lace dress, it’s best to go for classic white sneakers. They are a perfect pair of neutral-colored shoes that will go great with the lacy dress and won’t outshine it. The dress will still be the star of the show.
Just make sure your white sneakers are cleaned and without unwanted yellow stains.
2. Loafers or brogues
Unlike sneakers, loafers and brogues carry that sense of formality to them. So, you can wear these when you’re aiming to achieve a casual look with a touch of professionalism.
If you don’t like to be bothered with laces, chose a pair of stylish loafers like Vagabond Shoemakers Kenova loafers. These shoes are a real classic, incredibly easy to put on and take off. You can pair them with your white lace dress and a trench coat.
However, if you don’t mind laces, brogues can be a way to go. These sturdy leather shoes with decorative perforations will definitely go great when paired with your dress. Just add an oversized blazer and a few accessories of your choice, and you’re ready to go.
3. Slides or flat strappy sandals
Are you having a super laid-back beach party, and you need a pair of shoes to go with your flowy white lace dress? Good old slides or flat strappy sandals will do wonders for your outfit!
Since this is a super casual occasion, you can even opt for your trusty flip-flops. However, if you do wish to look a tad bit more put together, try pairing your white lace dress with some strappy sandals in earth tones.
This will be both comfortable and stylish, perfect for walking over sandy beaches, and easy to take off if you wish to dip your feet in the sea.
4. Ankle boots
Ankle boots can be paired with literally anything. From a polished and formal cocktail dress to a dreamy white lace one. They are perfect for fall and winter and great for those times when you want to add a bit of edge to your outfit.
Depending on your preferences, and how casual you need (and want) to be, you can opt either for a heeled or flat version. But a lovely pair of black or tan low-heeled boots will never steer you wrong.
You can also go for perforated boots or boots with tassels to add a bit of fun to your outfit. Top everything off with a nice denim jacket or an oversized blazer and there you go – a perfect casual outfit for a nice afternoon get-together with friends.
5. Cowboy boots
I don’t know about you, but a white lace dress and cowboy boots are a match made in Heaven.
If you consider yourself to be a boho queen, these boots are perfect for you! Pair your white lace dress and cowboy boots with a denim jacket, add a hat for that extra country feel, and you’ll be good to go! And if you’re a guitar player… let’s just say this combination is made for your Friday night gigs.
What shoes to wear with a white lace dress for formal occasions?
1. Neutral, heeled sandals
A pair of neutral-colored heeled sandals will go well with pretty much anything in your closet. It’s a staple piece of any formal attire, and therefore can be worn with a white lace dress or any colored lace dress for that matter.
A great option is Aquazzura So Nude Sandal 105. These shoes are perfect for cocktail parties, engagement parties, weddings, or charity events, and they can be paired with both short and knee-length (or midi) lace dresses.
Why do I suggest you opt for neutral-colored heeled sandals? Well, first of all, a white lace dress has something highly gentle and delicate to it. So, it is not very appealing to pair such a dainty piece of clothing with a pair of brightly colored shoes.
Second of all, neutral-colored shoes will do an amazing job at elongating your legs and tieing your entire outfit together. You will look classy, effortless, and stylish wearing them.
If you want to add a little something something to your outfit, you can always look for neutral-colored sandals that have silver or gold straps. Or chose metallic sandals altogether. They will compliment your white dress perfectly. Just make sure it matches your other jewelry.
Also, make sure the heel of your sandals is not too thick. With formal outfits, a more slender heel is the best option.
2. Pointed-toe pumps
Pointed-toe pumps are another great option. Similarly to neutral-colored heeled sandals, these shoes also go amazing with pretty much anything, and they do a good job of elongating your legs and making you appear taller than you actually are.
We can say that these shoes are for those occasions when you don’t want to wear open-toe shoes but you still want to look put together.
If you opt for pointed-toe pumps, make sure you go for a color in the neutral range. Colors like white, cream, beige, brown, black, and grey, will be perfect for a white lace dress. However, if you want to add some color, make sure it’s a subdued version of it.
For example, if you love the color pink, you can choose pointed-toe pumps in blush color. That way, you’ll be staying in a neutral apartment, while adding a touch of color.
3. Heeled mules
If you want something that is super trendy at the moment but also kind of cool, a pair of heeled mules is your way to go!
Mules can look both formal and casual, depending on how you style them. If you want to pair them with a white lace dress, you’ll have to go for a heeled version and something that doesn’t scream “casual” in your face.
But, if you’re a mule lover I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. A pair whose base is neutral-colored and embellished with rhinestones will work perfectly with your dress.
However, if you’ve never worn mules before, keep in mind that they can be extremely hard to walk in. So, if you have a special event coming, maybe it’ll be best to stick with something that you’re more used to wearing.
4. Stylish flats
Many people believe that they have to endure high heels in order to look classy and formal. Which is simply not true. You can look your best for any formal event by simply wearing a pair of stylish flats.
So, if heels are not your cup of tea, you can rest assured knowing that your next party will go without sore legs, blisters, or anything that has been bugging you any time you wore heels.
A little piece of advice: make sure not to opt for those rounded-toe flats. Those are seriously outdated and will only make your beautiful white lace dress appear dull and silly.
Instead, choose pointed-toe or almond-shaped flats. These will (you’ve guessed it!) elongate your legs and make everything look ten times more stylish.
Steve Madden has many options to choose from and I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that works for you.
I have saved the trickiest for the last. Boots and a white lace dress can be very hard to style. However, it’s not impossible. Especially if you’re brave enough to try. And it gives off the vibe that you have fashion in your little finger.
Boots, if not styled properly, can make your outfit very casual or out of place. Especially a white lace dress since it is, as said before, a very dainty piece of clothing. Any other color of lace dress will be easy peasy lemon squeezy, but white? Not so much.
So, if you think you’re not a styling expert yourself, maybe you should stick with the shoes mentioned above. But if you do want to test your luck, I totally encourage you! Just make sure you go for the right kind of booties.
Stick with neutral colors and heeled boots, of course. Make sure you choose pointed-toe boots with a more slender heel. Depending on the length of your white lace dress, pick what length of the shaft of the boots you want.
Lastly, remember to embrace your inner fashionista and walk with confidence. Everything can look good on you if you wear it proudly!