Building a Fabulous Wardrobe 101: Black Ankle-Strap Sandals

Building a Fabulous Wardrobe 101: Black Ankle-Strap Sandals(Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America - 2, Samir Hussein/Getty Images Europe, Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America)

Whether your outfit can best be described as tasteful and refined or all kinds of fierce, here's a celeb-approved tried-and-true styling trick that you should seriously consider: Sidestep the fancy and extravagant footwear. The best complement to an elegant or eyecatching ensemble? A classic pair of black single-strap sandals; they're the epitome of timeless and minimalistic. Plus, pared-down ankle-strap high heels give you an extra boost of height without overpowering your overall look.

Take actress Ashley Madekwe for example. She wore black thin-strap sandals to further streamline a clingy bodycon number. Or actress Lucy Hale, who kept her footwear simple while flashing a toned midriff. And we can't think of a better pair of sandals to balance out Naomi Watt's strapless froufrou floral frock. Then there's model Nicole Trunfio, who chose to wear a pair with her leather mini-skirt that showed off her gorgeous gams.

Feeling inspired? Shop the look at every price point!

Building a Fabulous Wardrobe 101: Black Ankle-Strap Sandals
Change: Steve Madden Realove Sandals, $79.95 / Cash: Pour La Victoire Yaya High Heel Sandals, $247 / Charge: Saint Laurent Classic Jane Ankle Strap Sandal, $795
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