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You put on your favorite skirt or your brand-new dress and it’s perfect. The only problem is deciding what shoes to wear. Like all fashion tips, this is just a suggestion (if you want to wear flats with a maxi skirt please go forth). But, if you’re stumped on shoe-dress pairings, read on for our go-to guidelines.

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If Your Hemline Hits Above Your Knee...

Repeat after us: The shorter the hemline, the lower the heel. A miniskirt worn with sky-high stilettos can veer into tacky territory, but the same piece paired with loafers, ballet flats or even white sneakers looks cool and polished.

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If Your Hemline Hits Below Your Knee...

If heels can look a little much with a short skirt, the opposite (flats with a long skirt or dress) can feel a bit dowdy. We still love a good midi skirt-white sneaker combination, but when your legs are mostly covered up, you can afford to go a bit bolder where your heels are concerned and still look super refined.

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