How to wear ballet flats
Ballet flats or Dolly shoes are derived from a woman’s soft ballet slipper with a very thin heel or the appearance of no heel at all. They are classic, comfy and practical, and an essential for every wardrobe. They can be worn to shopping malls, on your way to work and to the sandpit or beach.
What to consider when wearing ballet flats
Keep it lean
Create a streamlined silhouette to lengthen your body. A simple shift, belted shirt-dress, crisp shorts or pants will do the trick.
Show some skin
Ballet flats look best when you dare to bare. Team them with shorts, skirts or dresses that fall above the knee, or cropped pants that reveal your ankles.
Lengthen your legs
Elongate your legs with a pair of nude coloured ballet flats worn with bare legs, or long leggings matched to the same colour as your flats.
When wearing cropped pants, or boyfriend jeans, roll the cuff to finish at the skinniest part of the leg above your ankles, or up to 3 inches higher.
The skinny on the skinny
When wearing ballet flats with skinny jeans, make sure your jeans are tight around the calves and down to your ankles.
Balance the practicality of the shoe with accessories. A statement necklace, large cuff, bold belt, cocktail ring or bright tights can look perfect with ballet flats.
Ballet flats are popular for women and girls of all ages, both in the dancing environment as well as for casual wear. Research considers ballet flats to be a healthier alternative to heels as high heels can cause both short and long-term pain in the wearer’s upper and lower body.
Ballet flats stepped onto the fashion scene in the 16th century, though throughout history their popularity has ebbed and waned in the shadow of stiletto heels. In the 20th century, ballet flats have considerably grown in function, fashion, color, print, texture and trend.