13 April 2011

Fashionable & Flat

I openly admit to being a slave to a stiletto, but as spring approaches and the time comes to put away the snow boots it's a chance to pull out cute flats for shopping on Saturdays with jeans and a cardigan and making the commute to work just a little chicer. (I'm totally opposed to sneakers with work clothes unless you're power walking at lunchtime and I have to admit, I'm personally not a fan of a flip flop either...)

A couple years ago I was on a ballet flat obsession and bought up as many different styles and colors as I could get my hands on. My favorites became the patent black, a metallic silver and the perfect yellow. Which all need to be replaced now! A metallic works great as a neutral, so if you're looking for a subtle way to punch up an outfit, instead of reaching for a pair in black, try silver or gold.

When it comes to dressing for flats, skinny jeans seem to be here to stay and always look great with flats. But if you're more of a boot cut or flare leg kinda girl, just make sure the hem falls just long enough to skim the top of your foot on the front, yet not drag on the ground in the back...that is a total DON'T. Length also has to be considered when wearing career pants. If you're short like me, I have to get a lot of my pants hemmed and I get them done so that I can wear a high or mid height heel, which doesn't always work well with a flat. Lucky for me, my commute doesn't require walking too far. Flats look feminine and girly with skirts, especially an A-line or full cut. Clam diggers and capris, like skirts, also offer great lengths to highlight an adorable shoe as well.

If the basic, plain shape of a ballet flat isn't for you these days flats come in a variety of stylish cuts, hues or prints. From a more angular shaped toe, to ruffle or stud embellished and even an open toe, there's sure to be something cute, flat and foot friendly out there for you. I do encourage you to try a flat on and walk around a bit to ensure a comfortable fit on your foot.

A few flat styles to add spring to your step:

1. Charles Albert Meggie 
2. charles by Charles David Carnival Leopard Satin
3. Wanted Alley Silver Snakeskin
4. Dr. Scholl's Graduate Magenta Patent Croc
For those ladies out there who aren't into ballet flats, there are definitely alternative options. Boat shoes have made a revival and oxfords have also become popular in recent seasons for the trendsetters among us!

1. French Connection Dana 
2. Sperry Top-sider Montauk 1-Eye in Platinum
3. Steve Madden Trouser in Gray Leather
4. ALDO Zulaiga in Tan Leather

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