Heather requested some suggestions for how to wear flats with fancy dresses. Fancy is a spectrum, but I’m going to assume that we’re talking about a step above work wear, here: Something that would be appropriate at an office party, night out with the girls, or even something truly swanky like a gala or ball.
There’s no denying that heels give off a dressier impression than flats simply by being, well, heels. But if you’re going to be on your feet all night, dancing, or walking from one event to the next, a towering pair of stilettos is just gonna make you miserable and cranky. So here are a few ways to make flats work.
Select eye-catching flats
Fancy flats are gonna work better with fancy duds. Plain, solid ballet flats can certainly blend into a dressier look, but printed or embellished styles will definitely up the ante. Tie the flats back into your outfit by echoing elements elsewhere, using color, accessories, jewelry, or all of the above.
Draw the eye upward
If you keep the focus up top through color, pattern, and accessories, your footwear will generally fade into the background. Again, black works well here, especially if you do black tights and black flats. A patent or embossed snakeskin finish will add a bit of polish without drawing tons of attention.
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