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Ballet flats styling tips
Classically French and inspired by the delicate style of real ballet dancing shoes, ballet pumps are instantly recognizable as a style
Classically French and inspired by the delicate style of real ballet dancing shoes, ballet pumps are instantly recognizable as a style. Traditionally, ballet pumps are lightweight and flexible, giving the foot an almost-naked, free feel as you walk; just like ballet shoes. The design is usually rounded at the toe with low sides and a thin sole, often plain and unembellished, though sometimes decorated with a delicate bow at the front.
There are, thankfully, not too many ways you can go wrong with this most versatile of shoe styles. Here are our top tips on what to wear with ballet flats and how to wear ballet flats to make them look their best.
Avoid tights & socks
Wearing tights, stockings or socks with ballet pumps is a risky business as it creates the possibility for those unsightly pleats and wrinkles around the ankles. If you're going to brave it, keep a close eye on this area throughout the day, but we think barefoot is always best.
Be careful with strap styles
Ballet pumps with thick ankle straps can visually take a lot of length off your legs. If you have fairly short legs, we would recommend avoiding ballet pumps with straps or lace-up around the ankle and lower leg to keep the legs looking as long as possible.
Nude-coloured ballet flats create a fantastic leg-lengthening effect when worn with bare legs, so invest in a pair of simple nude flats to take advantage of this simple visual illusion.
Show some skin
Ballet flats look most flattering when the lower leg or ankles are showing. Try to keep dresses and skirts above the knee or wear with cropped trousers that show your ankles for a super on-trend look. If you do want to pair with below-the-knee dresses and skirts, we recommend you go for loose, flowing skirt styles to set the look off best.
Accessorise it big
The simplicity of your ballet flats could always benefit from a touch of balancing-out. To achieve this, complete your outfit with several statement accessories such as chunky necklaces, a large clutch or a bold belt.