have you done a post on wearing flats and still looking cute and/or edgy? can’t wear heels any more ‘cuz of health/pain & I tell ya what, as a 21 year old, it is REALLY hard to find flats that aren’t either SUPER twee or very marmy. bah humbug.
As you all know, I’m a bona-fide heels girl myself. I’ve delved into flats – and for health/pain reasons, too – but my default is heeled footwear. So I’ve collected a few choice images from my gorgeous fellow bloggers to provide some examples of non-marmy, non-twee flats-based looks.
First up, Kyla of Blue Collar Catwalk, who seldom wears heels AT ALL and is, therefore, a fantastic inspiration for fans of flats.
Black flats may be chic and classic, but they’re also ubiquitous and expected. Nabbing a pair of colorful flats is your first step toward perking up your heel-free looks. Use them to add a dose of color to an all-neutral ensemble, and you instantly up your edge factor.
Flats can be adorable on their own, but add some patterned, textured tights to the mix and they are elevated to greatness. Of course, this technique is limited to cool-weather applications, but still worth mentioning!
Next up, Audi of Fashion for Nerds. Audi is nearly as heels-reliant as I am, but when she wears flats, she does to with panache.
One of the best ways to make flats look ordinary is to wear them with jeans and a tee. Make your flats a part of a richly layered mix of garments, and throw a structured piece or two in there. You’ll look all grown up in no time. Audi sports Mary Jane flats here, a style that occasionally looks quite schoolgirlish but, on her, looks sleek and sophisticated.
While the super-skinny-jeans-and-flats combo is amazingly popular – especially in New York, it seems – it’s a combo that doesn’t work for many body types and many personal style parameters. But the look of a fitted pant that ends at the ankle paired with a darling flat is very modern and funky … so recreate the look with leggings instead, and layer on a tunic.
Retro looks can skew twee, but employing relatively conservative and ladylike vintage pieces will keep your look refined and adult. Flats are a great foible to retro looks since heels are the expected choice.
Finally, we have S. from Academichic, who will show us that a single pair of flats can be incredibly versatile! S’s contributions are to the “refined casual” segment of this flat-wearing tutorial, as they are all jeans-based.
Hope I didn’t give the impression that I frown upon flats and skinnies. On the contrary! I think those two pair beautifully, but even more so when paired creatively. S. has cuffed hers, and topped her outfit with some loose-but-lovely boho layers and a contrasting scarf. She looks arty and classy and utterly chic.
Make sure the jeans are skinny – jeggings will work, too – and the dress above your knees. To keep the look sleek, choose a dress that is more geometric than floral, more drapey than floaty. Add a pair of fab flats, and presto! Instant style.
So. Not a fan of leggings or skinnies but still hoping to bring flats into your casual mix? If you love the cuffed straightleg look – as I do – flats play beautifully with this style of jean. A simple graphic tee will suffice, but even better to wear a printed blouse or some vibrant layers, as S. has done here.
Are you a fan of flats? Ever feel like they look cutesy or dull when you wear them? How do you keep your flats-based looks from crashing and burning? Will any of the suggestions from this post work for you?
Top image courtesy 6pm.com.
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