How to Wear Flats
Nine West Abriami
If you crave comfort when it comes to shoes, you'll be thrilled to know that flats are back in full swing. And whether they're trendy, classic, or somewhere in between, almost all flats look chic and feel fabulous. The only catch: It's hard to know how, exactly, to wear them. Here, our style rules for flat shoes:
Do choose current styles. For late summer and early fall, you can't go wrong with pointy-toed styles in patent or pretty-colored leathers; flats with metal details, such as buckles and grommets; delicate slingbacks; and feminine ballet styles with bows. Don't go grandma style, wearing shapeless flats with rubber soles in dreary colors -- go for black or brown flats only if they're on the trendy side!
Do pair flats with the right skirt length. Flats look best when worn with a shorter skirt (think an inch or more above the knee), since having no heel can make legs look shorter. Showing a bit more leg, then, gains that length back. Look for a skirt with the slightest flare, which adds a modern touch to the look. And don't be afraid, come fall, to pair a short skirt and flats with tights! Don't wear flats with long skirts. Wearing no-heeled shoes with a skirt that falls below the knee is a big mistake -- you achieve a frumpy silhouette.
Do choose your pants wisely. Flats are perfect for summer because they look so great with cropped pants and capris. That flash of bare skin between your shoe and hemline looks chic in a Jackie O. sort of way! Go for pants that are either straight-legged or have a tiny flare for the jauntiest effect. Don't go too long or tight with pants. Pants whose hems fall over the back of your shoe look sloppy with flats (but can be just right with heels). Be sure to hem your slacks so they just hit the top of your foot if you prefer your pants on the long side. And avoid very tight pants like leggings; the combination of flats and leggings went out with the '80s!
And a final do: Do feel free to fudge the flats trend by choosing a pair with a half-inch heel. Even the tiniest bit of height will make legs look longer and leaner, but still tap into the flats trend. Try this Abriami almost-flat from Nine West ($75).