COMPLETE GUIDE FOR FLATS
Flat shoes are ideal for wearing with work-appropriate clothes, as well as with casual separates, with any outfit on any day. It’s no secret flat shoes have evolved and more than ever we have so many options for both comfortable and stylish flat shoes. You can try to match your shoes to one color of your outfit or you can also wear a contrasting color, just make sure that the tone or saturation are the same.
HOW TO WEAR FLAT SHOES?
One of the most important style tips to consider when wearing flat shoes is how your outfit works proportionately. When we wear flat shoes, everything is closer to the ground, it becomes much easier to look shorter and therefore wider in flats. Therefore you should definitely avoid any length of skirt, dress or pant that finishes on your calf , because this makes you look even shorter. Ankle length capri pants, bermuda shorts or knee length or above the knee skirts are ideal for these type of shoes. Also avoid flats with skinny pants unless you have narrow hips. Otherwise, you risk making your legs look disproportionate.
Another factor to consider is the length of tops and jackets. Again, we want to avoid the eye falling too low down the body shortening the lower body, therefore avoid too long tops that cover your bottom, that will elongate the upper body, makes the lower body looks shorter.
Chunkier shoes also draw attention to downwards, if you like to look taller, than try to look for a style that exposes some of the upper foot. For example, a slip on loafer or ballet flat rather than a lace up. By exposing the foot, the shoe will look less heavy and also contribute to a bit of an elongated leg.
The pointed toe shoes will help to add length to your legs, the elongated toe creates longer appearance particularly when no heel is involved. They are dressier than a round toe and more flattering on the leg.
If your legs are already on the shorter side, it is recommended that you wear a flat shoe style with a bit of a lift (think 1/2 inch to 1 inch heel). Also avoid, ankle strap style shoes which is creating the illusion of a shorter leg. Ankle strapped shoes will go perfectly with a higher hemline paired with the monochromatic look, the shorter hemline creates the illusion of a longer leg, while the monochromatic look allows for some visual consistency.
Leaner body shapes can usually pair these flats with wide leg or extremely loose trousers. Go for a monochromatic or neutral look. This creates continuity between your shoes and pants, which does not create a division from your feet up. For more curvaceous figures, these types of flats look best when paired with knee length or long skirts and dresses and slightly more structured bottoms, which do not add additional volume.
Also choose neutral colour shoes rather than dark colours, a heavier shoe in a neutral colour will look less ‘chunky’ in a light colour. Using minimalist shades tend to blend in with your outfit. This allows the shoe to serve as an extension of what you’re wearing and makes the path up your calf less severe.
If you pair fancy shoes with a fancy outfit, you will look overdressed. Instead, consider pairing simple flats with a fancy outfit, or fancy flats with a simply outfit. This will create a nice contrast, and prevent your outfit from looking too busy.
BALLET FLATS are an all-time classic. There are many types of ballerina flats ; classic, pointy toe, sling back, open toe, open work, open side, strappy or lace up. They are meant for bare feet, only special designed ballet flat socks go with them.
Wearing them with short clothes enables you to make your leg appear longer on the top. Wear ballet flats with 7/8 pants, shorts, above the knee skirts and dresses, opt for voluminous tent dresses.
If you are tall, ballet flats are perfect for you, pair them with cropped pants, below the knee light and fluid skirts and dresses, satin, suede, capped or bejewelled flats make a stylish alternative to heels.
Remember to cuff the jeans so they sit about 7/8 of the way down your legs, and avoid a super skinny style if your calves are a little thicker.
LOAFERS create a casual, urban and modern look. The easiest way to wear them is to pair loafers with pants above the ankle, skinny jeans, mini dresses or shorts which will highlight your feminine curves and will create an interesting contrast. Complete the look with a blazer to add a professional touch or leather jacket complete a street style.
You could also pair a knee high skirt with a simple top or blouse and then add a bold coat before finishing the outfit with patent loafers. In colder weather try wearing loafers with a skirt and black tights or pantyhose. Plaid and loafers pull an outfit together well, you can add plaid skirt or consider a plaid blazer.
Another way of wearing loafers is to pair a mini pleated skirt with knee-high socks, reaching either just below or above the knee in order to create tribute to the schoolgirl look.
BROGUES or OXFORDS? They are very similar, brogues come with an embroidered detail on the cap, whilst oxfords have plain toes. Today’s fashion offers a wide variety of styles you can create with brogues and oxfords.
The best way to wear these to show a bit of skin around the ankles area. You can cuff the jeans or wear a cropped or frayed jeans too to expose your ankles and wear the them with a socket that doesn’t peep over the top of the shoe for a modern streamlined look.
Brogues look cool with wide-leg tailored trousers. Black leather oxfords look classy with dark blue slim jeans or black leather ankle pants . You can complete the look with regular or oversized blazers, trench coats or long overcoats. You can choose leather or denim jackets for more street style.
The easiest way to wear brogues or oxfords with a skirt is to choose one that ends at or above the knee. In winter, pair with opaque tights for added warmth. A high waisted flared midi-skirt with a tucked in top will give you the proportional ratios to assist you in creating the right balance.
HOW TO STYLE SNEAKERS?
There is so much you can do these days with the right pair of sneakers. You can dress them up or make them super athleisure.
Other than sporty outfits like joggers and leggings they would go with any denim outfits, jeans, cutoffs, skirts, shorts etc. There are some ways to elevate the look of your favorite sneakers.
T-shirt/shirt dresses or more feminine floral or other printed flowy dresses would look perfect with sneakers, especially the white ones. Complete your look with jean jacket or leather jacket depends on the weather.
They can even go right in-between for business casual with a relaxed ankle length pants and jackets.
TYPES OF FLAT SHOES
Light weighted, low cut, flat shoes made of soft leather or satin, usually with a closed round-toe resembling those worn by ballet dancers, sometimes features ribbon like straps passing over the instep. You can pair with any type of jeans, shorts, t-shirts, skirts, business outfits or summer dresses.
Flat sole, backless slippers featuring a suede, leather or plastic upper with an open toe, they may consist straps or other details. Can be worn with any casual summer outfits.
Lace up, chunky sole, round toe shoes characterized by multiple piece, sturdy leather uppers with decorative perforations and serration along the pieces' visible edges. They have masculine look and sit between Oxford and Monk shoes. Can be worn either with formal outfits or casual outfits such as distressed jeans, harem pants, modern jeans, skinny pants, leather jackets, trench coats, flowy skirts and dresses.
Light, comfy, usually rubber or gum soled canvas shoes, initially made for sports but now they are used to pair with casual and sporty outfits. They come in different designs, colours and patterns.
Low cut, low heel, rounded toe shoes that do not have a lacing or fastening system, usually have vamp extends down the top of the shoe to the tip of the toe box, features straps, tassels or metal decorations on the front. Can be worn with casual and smart casual outfits such as chinos, skirts, shorts, capris, jeans, cardigans, knits and casual style dresses.
Lace up shoes with rounded toe caps that are characterized by quarters with shoe lace eyelets sewn on the top of the vamp (open lacing), while on Oxford the shoelaces are attached beneath the vamp. They usually made of leather with various colours. Can be worn with both formal and casual outfits such as trousers, skinny or straight jeans, leggings, flowy skirts and dresses.
Lightweight, flexible , comfortable shoes with rubber, non-slip sole, the vamp is separated from the toe cap and the side quarters, usually have side lacing around the top-line, made of leather, canvas or suede. You can pair with casual and smart casual outfits, jeans, chinos, pleated skirts, crop tops and summer dresses.
The vamp and the sides of the shoe are cut away, revealing the arch of the foot. You can pair with formal and casual outfits, any length dresses, skirts; skinny or straight pants and jeans.
Light, close toe and back summer shoes, usually made form canvas featuring a plaited flexible sole made of jute or rope. You can pair with casual outfits such as cropped pants, shorts, flowy skirts, mini skirts, light weighted summer dresses.
Open toe sandals with flat sole held loosely on the foot by Y shaped strap or thong that passes between the first and second toes and around both sides of the foot. They have different colours, patterns and embellishments such as gems and beads. Can be worn with any summer casual clothes and beach wear.
Close heeled, open toe sandals consisting of a sole held to the foot by straps, a T bar runs down the front of the shoe. The straps can cover just the ankle or can go as high as the knee. Can be worn with casual or dressy outfits such as jeans, long skirts and long flowy dresses.
Semi transparent shoes made of rubber or plastic. They have variety of colours, styles, and heels. You can pair with casual summer outfits.
Flat, snug, comfortable rounded toe shoes that have no laces or buckles, the vamp extends into the tongue and separated from the toe cap with the seam, they come with some embellishments and made of soft leather, suede or deerskin. You can pair with casual or smart casual outfits such as jeans, capris, shorts, t-shirts, mini skirts, polo shirts, trench coats, cardigans and blazers.
Pointy toed shoes with no lacing, closed by a buckle or one or two straps, made of suede or brogue. Can be worn with semi formal and casual outfits, trousers, skinny or straight jeans, printed t-shirts, leather jackets.
Classic, plain, lace up shoes with rounded toe cap which are characterized by shoe lace eyelet tabs are attached under the vamp (close lacing) , made of leather, suede or canvas. Cap-toe, Plain-toe, and Whole-cut are slightly different oxford types. Can be worn with formal or casual outfits such as trousers, skinny or straight jeans, short or knee length skirts or dresses.
Lightweight, air cushioning sport shoes provides flexibility without compromising structure
Open shoes, held the foot with straps attaching the sole, over the instep and around the ankle. They have variety of colours and embellishments. You can pair with any casual summer outfits.
Low cut, lace-less, flat shoes that covers half of the instep, the tongue usually extends into the toe cap. You can pair with casual, sporty outfits such as cropped or skinny pants, shorts, mini skirts and t-shirts.
Primarily designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise, but which are now also widely used for everyday casual wear.
Comfortable sport shoes with flatter sole that designed for multi-directional movements. Although they are made for work out, you can use them for your daily casual outfits.
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