Silver dress doesn't require matching shoes

THE BALTIMORE SUN

I'm going to boarding school, and at the end of the summer there's a fancy orientation for the freshman class. I bought a short, sleeveless silver dress, and I'm in love with it. My mother -- who is hopelessly old-fashioned -- says I have to wear silver shoes with it. I think matching shoes would look silly, and, besides, where would I ever use them again?

London-based shoe designer Manolo Blahnik agrees with you: "Matching shoes may be totally appropriate for your mother, but I think something young and kicky would be better for you."

Blahnik suggests white sandals or one of the new patent-leather, pastel wedges, which "are everywhere this summer," adding: "Take your mother shopping with you. She'll probably be convinced when she sees the young and pretty choices that are available."

Elsa Klensch is Style Editor for Cable News Network. Her program can be seen each weekend on CNN.

Pub Date: 8/15/96

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