In case you haven’t noticed, flats are becoming increasingly more fashionable. As I am sure you are aware, this isn’t a trend I will be embracing any time soon, but if you want to look on trend and cutting edge, you need a pair of flats in your life! Heels are so last season darling! Even Victoria Beckham has been wearing flats.
When it comes to an evening out or a special occasion, most women opt for heels rather than flats because they feel more dressy, more feminine and more sexy. But, this year it’s all about the flat.
You will be spoiled for choice with colour, pattern and embellishment from animal print to patent to sparkly. For those who don’t like to play it safe when it comes to fashion, you will find some fabulous statement looks. The trick is choosing the right style of flat for you and for your wardrobe.
So let’s look at some of the key trends for flats:
Long and cropped trousers, culottes, some skirts. Heavy loafers with winter skirts only. For spring and summer choose bright or pastel colours which look more feminine.
They work best with tailored clothing and suits but the lighter pastel colours can be worn with summer skirts. Patent and two-tone looks give them a current edge. The high front can make the leg look shorter so be careful if you have short legs – keep your tights and shoes the same colour. A good work staple.
1. These gorgeous Lime suede loafers from ASOS will add a zing to any outfit. Or if you fancy trying the nautical look, how about a pair of espadrilles? 2. These classic moccasin style ones from Ugg Australia will do the trick.
ROUND TOE BALLERINAS
Long and cropped trousers, jeans, skirts, dresses or shorts – pretty much everything.
There are some gorgeous pumps out there so invest in them whilst you can! The low front makes shorter legs look longer. If you choose a patterned or embellished pair, make them the statement in your outfit and keep your skirt or trousers simple. These are really a summer shoe and not sturdy enough for cold weather or wearing 24/7.
3. These mint green ones from John Lewis are versatile and stylish. They feature a decorative bow on the toe and a low comfortable heel. The ideal complement to dresses and skinny jeans – and a bargain at just £25. Ideal for throwing in your bag in case of emergencies! 4. Or how about these stunning flats for a luxurious look from Accessorize? I love the soft, textured suedette fabric and metal rose embellishment at the toes. Ideal to pair with a floaty dress for long summer evenings.
POINTED TOE BALLERINAS
Best with skirts to show them off fully but also long or cropped trousers. Not ideal with skinny jeans; the skinny leg and elongated foot are not a flattering look.
Considered the ‘grown-up ballerina’, it offers a more elegant look for going out (perhaps because it feels like a flat version of the pointed court which is still considered to be the sexiest heel). Toe cleavage and cut-away sides are also a bit vampish and feminine. As with the round toe ballerinas, consider the colour, pattern or embellishment when you put your look together. Not good for large feet as they will make them look larger. Take care with the pointed Mary Jane as the T-bar can look as though it is ‘chopping’ your leg at the ankle.
5. These stylish flats from Oasis feature a pointed toe and a metallic toecap finish. The shoes feature a faux leather finish across the fabric. 6. The Patsy from L K Bennet is made from light-reflecting metallic leather, the pointed toe and rose-shaped buckle elevate this style from every day ballet flat to sartorial staple. Endlessly versatile, this perfect pump looks just as chic with tailored trouser suits as it does with A-line skirts and silk blouses
The big news story from the Autumn 2014 catwalks, in terms of footwear trends, was the upscale trainer. The luxury trainer has arrived, with Chanel shocking the world of haute couture with Cara Delevingne’s Bridal Sneakers. The model is emblematic of dressed-down chic which has seen the elevation of the humble sweatshirt and trainer to the height of fashion.
Best with jeans and casual wear. However, current decorative and statement styles are being worn with skirts and dresses too, just make sure you keep them in good condition and create the right look for you.
Most styles are high front whether slip-on skater or lace-up. Choose a good colour or make a statement rather than choosing something conservative. Themes to look out for this season are various colours, pony skin, floral and metallic. Not for work (unless permitted in your organisation).
7. Complete your look in these cute Lipsy lace up high top trainers featuring embellished detail or go for some sparkles like these 8. silver sequinned ones from La Redoute.
So, enjoy the freedom of flats, while I totter about on my unfashionable heels 🙂