Post # 1
My bridesmaids are wearing eggplant (deep purple) dresses by Jim Hjelm and I am wondering what shoes would look best. Should I just use dyeable shoes and have them dyed to match, or maybe go with black shoes, or maybe a metallic silver? What do you think?
Post # 3
I think black shoes would look perfectly fine & be more re-wearable. If you go with purple, then you should probably pay.
Does a metalic feature prominently in your decor?
Post # 4
Two of my BMs are wearing eggplant and are wearing black shoes – I asked them what they preferred and both (plus the two BMs wearing dark red) said they’d like to wear black. I think especially if you’re asking them to purchase the shoes themselves, black is a nice choice – if you’re trying to make it a little dressier, maybe black patent?
Post # 5
I don’t know about black… I think gold would look fabulous, maybe strappy sandals?
Post # 6
don’t do the dyeable shoes!!!
i was a bridesmaid (i have trouble saying bm, sorry) for my brothers wedding. we had maroon/wine colored dresses with shoes dyed to match. that wedding was in 2002, and i haven’t worn those shoes once since then.
i would say black, silver, or muted gold. it all depends on the rest of your wedding. will there be other metallics? are the guys wearing black tuxes? what does your dress like?
Post # 7
I’m with Caroline–definitely a metallic over the black. Gold or silver would look great. Metallics are so popular right now, your BMs shouldn’t have any problem finding a cute pair for whatever price they want to pay.
Post # 8
Normally I’d tend to agree with subee (like if I were wearing the dress to go out), but I agree with JanieLeigh that it really depends on the vibe of your wedding. We’re having a non-formal Sunday evening wedding, so strappy gold sandals would be way too fancy. Metallics are popular for sure, and they’ll probably wear them again, but I think it just depends on the look you’re going for. In our case (rustic venue, guys in dark suits instead of tuxes), black works better.
Post # 9
I really love the contrast colour shoe look they’ve been doing on jcrew lately… that said, I’m not sure what colour I’d pair with eggplant.
Post # 10
Seriously, don’t do black. Black with a dark color like eggplant just makes it look like you didn’t care what their feet looked like and said "Just stick on black shoes, black goes with everything." Black does not actually go with anything. I would give this same advice if the dresses were navy, royal, or forest – it just shows very little ingenuity. Plus, despite what GorgesViola says, metallic shoes can work for any level of formality. A muted gold or silver strappy sandal looks fabulous at a garden wedding. Something more substantial with some bling would be amazing at a more formal event. Plus, your girls can totally wear them again.
Post # 11
:::slinking away with her equally thoughtless, uncreative and unstylish bridesmaids in tow:::
Post # 12
I agree that the metallics are lovely with purpl. Silver, gold or a Copper tone would work well. If your wedding has a more lighthearted theme, then a hot pink satin shoe would look really fun with eggplant.
Post # 13
Agree with CarolineG, black would look like you just didn’t make the effort. And the look will be flat. I tried on a plum colored dress for my Rehearsal Dinner and saw a very pretty copper metallic that made it.
You need a muted (not bright yellow) gold shoe or pewter. Silver especially one too light will draw the eye down if the shoe is lighter than the dress.
Post # 14
I will always choose a metallic gold strappy sandal because it IS the easiest option for me. I don’t have to think about it.
I think if you do a black shoe it has to be the right style. This lady looks nice in her blackberry colored dress and black shoe. http://www.instyleweddings.com/weddings/gallery/0,,20164638,00.html
I like the contrasting colored shoe, but it has to be done with the right dress (youthful, modern).
I would ask the bridesmaids what they suggest and possibly go shoe shopping with them.
FYI, you can re-dye the dyeable shoes to black after the wedding. Good luck!
Post # 15
I am also doing eggplant dresses.
The dresses I picked have a champagne colored sash so my girls went with champagne colored shoes. I also think depending on you other colors you do silver, gold or even ivory.
What time of year is your wedding? All of my girls each got a different open toe pumps b/c I personally don’t think strappy shoes look right in the winter with long dresses especially one in such a dark color…I do not mean to offend the many girls who love strappy shoes, just my personal opinion.
Post # 16
My mom is going to wear this dress in bordeaux–it sounds like it would be reddish but is actually eggplant. She’s also going to wear these shoes in yes, black (I’m wearing the same ones in the lighter color!). I don’t think it shows a lack of ingenuity on our part at all and will in fact be quite stylish. I’m very proud of how nice my mom will look on my wedding day because she rarely splurges on herself.
I think there were some good ideas–a nude, metalic, or black could all work depending on the dress. IJC, can you show us the dress?