Style Dilemma: The right shoes for a 1950s-style dress?
I have a beautiful 1950s-style, full- skirted dress. It's a deep, dusky pink with a slight shimmer and I am finding it impossible to source shoes to go with it. Platforms look too heavy, so I'm after a sandal or a shoe. Helen, Co Cork
A glance at the autumn/winter 2013 catwalks of Roksanda Ilincic, Erdem and Temperley London shows that the vogue for all things 1950s-inspired is still around.
Collections taking inspiration from retro classics have been updated through clever use of fabric, texture and styling – and shoes play a big part in this.
For added height, the blush leather plateau heel (1 €145, Buffalo) will elongate the leg without adding bulk, while the refined toe and soft colouring will play up the dress. If comfort tops your list, try the 'Alita' mid-block-heel court by Bertie (2 €85) or the white 'Anais' by Kurt Geiger (3 €210, Brown Thomas), both of which have a slim ankle strap for a demure look.
The 'Fox Trot' kitten heel at Office (4 €70) will enhance the femininity of the dress, while New Look's nude strappy sandal (5 €24.99) will help create a look that's modern yet romantic.
Alternatively, amp up the play on texture by wearing the black-suede Perspex heel by Autograph (6 €77, M&S) for a look that's unabashedly feminine and utterly stylish.