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Wearing Flat Shoes Chicly


It seems the fashion world is against wearing flat shoes. Flip through glossy magazines, watch Sex and the City, or just pick a spot and go people watching in a busy high street, and what do you see? Pointy, sparkly, sky-high heels! We have to admit – they do look fierce, and can instantly elevate a shirt-and-jeans combo to new heights of fashion. They're like magic accessories able to transform just a mediocre outfit into head-turner ensembles. But hold on. Can’t flat shoes do the same?


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The belles of Paris Vogue - Carine Roitfeld, Geraldine Saglio and Emmanuelle Alt - all wearing flats at the Gareth Pugh show. Photo Credit  

Manolo Blahnik certainly seems to think so. The company – known for its high heels – has launched a delicious line of Manolo Blahnik flats that make you look stylish and save you from the piercing pain caused by some 6-inch Louboutins. While they may not have the instant 'wow' factor heels seem to have, they sure get the nods of astute fashion critics. Worn the right way, good old loafers, brogues, ballerinas, plimsolls, and even sneakers can be chic.

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Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour supported Andre Leon Talley's declaration that ‘towering torture chambers (very high heels) are over.’ Wintour’s sartorial decision to wear flats – something she rarely does – made the headlines of fashion blogs. Photo Credit 

Flats are phenomenal with jeans!

You can never go wrong with wearing bow-tie ballerinas with old jeans. Go for that that casual, laid-back feel that many models channel when they’re off duty. Try wearing flat shoes with tight jeans and a loose top that’s one size bigger. Take a hint from your favourite celebs. Jeans and flats are always a favourite casual combo for celebrities. Denims work with cutesy flats and even loafers.

Wearing flat shoes with skirts

Flat shoes look phenomenal with skirts, long or short. Keep your legs looking long and sleek with a shorter skirt and shoes that closely match your skin tone. Slim fitting skirts as well as long flowy bohemians look good with gladiator flats. Even flat boots and oxfords can be worn with the right skirt!

Play around with leggings and flats!

For those really lazy days, why don’t you wear your leggings with flats? Sneakers, ballet flats, and of course, flat boots can easily be worn with thicker leggings, leggings+skirt combos, and leggings+dress ensembles.

Can you wear flat shoes in the office?

Of course! For inspiration, think Carla Bruni.

Worn the right way, flats look very chic with corporate wear – shift dresses, pencil skirts, and even slacks. Stylish flats can increase your productivity, in fact, as they’re super comfy. Just stay off the cutesy embellishments and choose classic designer flats with just one focal accent, or chic patent leather ballerinas for a bit of shine.

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Carla Bruni wears flats to most social functions. Photo Credit 

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Audi f the famous blog 'Fashion for Nerds' wears flats with textured leggings. Photo Credit 
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Brogues worn with fun short skirts. Photo Credit 
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Mandy Moore rocks jeans and flats. Photo Credit 
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Sneakers with leggings. Photo Credit 
Published March 06, 2012
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