How to Wear Flats and Still Look Like Hot S**t

Glamour and comfort don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

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.

Maya McDonald

Maya McDonald

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. 


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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.

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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!).

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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!).

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7 Reasons We <3 Granny Panties

Bonus points if they’re cotton!

From Nicki Minaj to Kim Kardashian to every rear end in between, one thing is clear: We are in the age of the booty, where more is more. But as our collective obsession with big backsides grows, one thing that has stayed small is the underwear we’re supposed to put on them. Even in the era of bubble butts, tiny thongs are considered the decent thing to wear. What’s so wrong with granny panties, though? Here’s why the frumpy undies are kind of the hottest things in our drawer.

1. They’re Super Comfy
Few things are as maddening and uncomfortable as trying to de-wedge a thong while in the middle of a public place. Having a slight underwear line is a small price to pay for spending your entire workday with your undies resting comfortably on the outside of your body.

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2. They’re Cheap
Why pay so much for a couple of centimeters of sheer lace when you can nab a pack of three panties—all with substantially more fabric—for the exact same price?

3. They Can Keep You from Going Home with a Guy When You’ve Made That Pact with Yourself
He’s hot, he’s cool, and you’ve decided he’s in the kiss-only zone for now, which is a decision you intend to stick to—until you’re actually in his presence, sharing dessert and playing footsie. Your willpower is slowly caving—until you remember that your bottom half looks like a scene from Golden Girls, and suddenly it’s so much easier to ask the waiter for a check.

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4. You Can Wear Them When You’re on Your Period
Forget destroying your sexy duds during that time of the month, and call in your good old reliable grannies for emergency duty. If only they came with a built-in heating pad, you’d be all set.

5. They Can Be Worn Around the House Like Shorts
When it’s too hot to wear pants at home, stripping down to your skivvies is the only way to go. But exposed butt cheeks and a leather couch don’t exactly mix. Full-coverage undies offer just enough comfort and protection to make spending 12 hours in your underwear seem normal. Kind of.

RELATED: The Best Bras and Panties for Your Body Shape

6. Your Sister Won’t Steal Them
Funny how so often, her visits seem to coincide with a mysterious disappearance of you favorite camisole or your cutest boy shorts. Put a few of these in your drawer, and at least you won’t have to go commando the day she leaves.

7. They Can Keep Laundry Day at Bay
No need to spend your Sunday hunched over the washing machine when you’ve got a solid reserve of backup granny panties that will tide you over well into next week. Phew! Now you can use the day responsibly—at a mimosa brunch with your girlfriends in a slightly dirty sundress!


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