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How To Style Flats

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How to style flats. I find that I just can’t always pull off a pair of heels for a whole day and then night.  While it saddens me to see my heels in the closet gathering dust, rather than on my feet, I love shoes way too much to let this stop me. As a result, I’ve been slowly growing my collection of flats. The only issue that I sometimes have is that flats can make my outfit look frumpy and what’s worse, they tend to make me look short. I just don’t feel as confident or glamorous as I do wearing heals.

how to style flats


Shorten your hemline. Unless I’m wearing a maxi dress with a pair of bejeweled sandals, flats tend to make my legs look shorter. So I simply choose skirts and dresses that hit at or above the knee.  In this case the more leg that I’m showing the better, (within reason of course).

Choose a nude. Just like with a fabulous pair of heels, you can always opt for a nude ballet flat. This will help to visually elongate your leg.

Show off your ankles. Think Audrey Hepburn, looking lithe and lean in her cigarette pants and black ballet flats. If my skinny jeans are too long, I simply roll them a few inches above my ankles and this instantly makes my legs look longer.

Add some extras. My problem with flats is that they can sometimes look a little boring. What I’ve started looking for is visual interest. This could be in the form of a great buckle, some studs or even a little bow. Anything that you feel is pretty will be perfect!

Ballerina lovely. A slim pair of flats always reminds me of my ballet slippers. So in this instance, I might pair them with a simple a line skirt and wrap top. This is a delicate and ultra feminine look that gets me every time.

No matter how tall or short you are, you should never be afraid of donning a pair of fabulous flats. Remember that a little bit of skin will go a long way to giving you a streamlined look, which will fill you with all the confidence you need to go about your day!

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  1. Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)

    I love showing a bit of ankle… because I’m petite it’s extremely helpful!

    1. Agreed and hey it helps even when you’re taller. I’m 5’6″ and I feel short!

  2. I have a metallic pair that instantly liven up any outfit. Love that I can be comfortable without feeling ‘boring’.

    1. I love metallic shoes, what a great idea. Thanks!

  3. This is been a helpful post, I always feel uncomfortable in flats! I love high heels!

    Great post!

    1. So do I, it’s one of the reasons I decided to put this post together.

  4. Thanks so much for the style tips! I’m 5’3 and I have some of the same issues with flats making me look short. I tend to wear flats with pants, but I will plan to style my flats with skirts more in the future. Great post!


    1. I really hope this helps! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. Thanks for sharing, cute outfit!!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  6. I do own a few flats, but sometime I just don’t feel as glamorous in them as I do heels. Great post and maybe I can be more adventurous and these style tips are great!
    x Kirsty

    1. Thanks so much it’s exactly why I decided to write this post.

  7. I love your proposals Carolyne, I often wear flats too!
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

    1. Thank you so much! I’m starting to like flats more and more as I run errands on cobblestones every day….

  8. Beautiful flats! I don’t typically wear a lot of flats because I tend to feel short in them. But i have to say I do enjoy wearing them when I’m running errands. I usually look for flats with lots detail too, keeps it interesting 🙂

    xo, jackie

    1. Agreed! Thanks so much for the comment.

  9. Ahh flats, the quick gateway to Audrey Hepburn’s effortlessly chic style! Love the pieces you have paired them with especially the b/w striped skirt!

    1. Thanks! I know every time I’m unsure about them I picture her in my mind!

  10. I don´t think I have flats but your studded ones are really pretty, some sparkly effects are fun. 🙂 Happy Saturday

    1. Thanks! Really no flats? I don’t know if I could live without a few pairs.

  11. Aleksandra | LoveStreetFashion

    When I’m wearing flats I try to imagine that I look like Audrey – she wasn’t wearing heels at all, and all we know how beautiful and fashionable she was.

    1. That is fantastic! Thank you so much and agreed!

  12. GREAT post and so useful. I just bought a pair of leopard ones and can’t wait to style them. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet message.


    1. Thank you so much and my pleasure!

  13. What an interesting question! I’d say I like all three except the cloche. Feodora and floppy appeal to my glamour side, the beret to the chic and practical side. I like sporting my beige feodora around town. With it I definitely get noticed around here.

    1. Sounds amazing! I always love a great fedora.

  14. Great post and great tips dear!

    1. Thanks so much.

  15. I love wearing flat shoes .. cause they are so comfy

    1. Me too!!!

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