I have a confession to make: I am flats’ number-one fan. So when I heard that Cannes allegedly banned them from the red carpet this year (a.k.a., #Flatgate, to you social media mavens out there), I too was totally bummed. Don’t get me wrong: Heels can be fabulous. But the right pair of flats can also be worthy of a strut down the red carpet.
Need further proof? Here are a few summer-ready fancy looks with which rocking your favorite pair of flats is totally acceptable.
Add Bedazzled Flats to a Shorter Cocktail Dress
For dresses that fall just above your knee, flats are the perfect alternative to heels—your legs can still look long and not get into stumpy, frumpy territory. So if you’re feeling glam, bling out an A-line cocktail dress by adding a little sparkle on your toes. I adore styling funky, bedazzled flats with this pretty Kate Spade dress to give my outfit a little pizazz that’s anything but casual—while making sure I’m comfortable well into cocktail hour.
Wear Closed-Toe Flats with Maxi Dresses
When it comes to maxi dresses, I’m a firm believer that flats, rather than heels, are the way to go to give your look a polished but laidback summer feel. And I love a good pair of Parisian-inspired flats, especially of the D’Orsay variety. They’re effortlessly chic, ultra comfortable and go with just about everything—all winning points in my book! During the summer months, I often wear my favorite pair with this flowy, printed maxi dress for rooftop parties or summer soirées. Style tip: Make sure to pair closed-toe flats with your maxis to ensure your look isn’t too casual for a more dressed-up event.
Remember That “Flats” Has a Broad Definition
I invested in a sparkly pair of pants during the holidays last year, and I can’t get enough of how fantastic (and comfy!) they are for any season. Add a fun pair of tennis shoes (like these Kate Spade for Keds) instead of heels to an awesome pants look to showcase your laidback, unique style. The unexpectedly chic shoes will win you major fashion points for creativity and comfort. Plus, you can wear them anywhere, from the red carpet to a wedding (really, they even make sparkly wedding Keds!).
Work Ballet Flats When You Need Transition Footwear
There’s a reason ballet flats are a classic—they’re polished, refined, and oh-so-comfy to boot. For days that take me from the office to downtown, I reach for my favorite Tory Burch ballet flats. They’re always in style and add a level of refinement to an already-classic busy gal look without being as impractical as heels. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I’ve yet to master wearing heels from morning ’til night. While I wouldn’t wear this outfit to a red carpet event, it’s perfect for transitioning a look from the office to cocktails.
See? Your trusted flats are perfect with just about any fancy outfit in your closet! And when it comes to spending a night out on the town, trust me: You’d much rather be the girl dancing the night away than the one limping home. Rock your flats with pride!
Maya McDonald is a stylish social media pro living out her dreams in Chicago. When she’s not creating content for brands, she can be found penning Charmingly Styled and writing for a variety of magazines. She adores all-natural beauty, farmers’ markets, and traveling the world for the best latte (she’ll let you know when she finds it!).