Flats – A Great Addition to Any Fashionable Wardrobe – Recently, flat shoes have become all the rage. It is the shoe that you ‘must have’ if you follow fashion trends, which all seem to recycle eventually – just with a bit of updating and added flair. However, for the woman who loves the look and feel of a pair of classic high heeled pumps, this newest fashion ‘must have’ may come as a bit of a disappointment. Rest assured, though, that anyone can wear flats and still look fabulous. It is just a matter of following a few fashion rules.
Not only do flat shoes look great when paired properly with your outfit, they are comfortable and great for your posture. For those women who find heels a general obstacle to everyday living, the new trend towards flat shoes is a welcomed chance to be both stylish and content with their footwear.
One of the concerns of this trend towards flat shoes is that they can make you look quite a bit shorter than you actually are. This is a fashion myth that has no real basis. Flat shoes have no effect on how tall you appear, unless you are always in heels and people do not know how tall (or short) you actually are – in which case you are just artificially tall anyway. For those petite women who love their height adding heels, you can make also wear flats without appearing height deficient.
If you dress in the same color from head to toe (even your stockings/pantyhose), the overall effect is one that makes you appear taller than you actually are. When you dress monochromatically, the eye is naturally drawn up and you look taller.
With high heeled shoes, the addition of the heel makes for virtually unlimited heights and styles. With flats, the shoe itself must stand on its own merit fashion wise. So, when you are shopping for flat shoes, be sure to look for interesting patterns, styles, and textures. All of these things add visual interest to flats. You should have no problem locating a flat shoe to suit your purpose as they come in everything from patent leather to funky canvas styles.
If you are wearing a fancy outfit with lots of frills, you will want to complete your look with simple flats. In this case, your flats will complete that ultra feminine look without going completely overboard.
It is true that heels generally elongate the line of your leg when you are wearing skirts and dresses. However, flats can make your legs appear shorter is you are not careful; to compensate for this when wearing flats, try the monochromatic look. Another solution is to choose a dress or a skirt that stops above the knee.
In this way, you still achieve the long legged goddess look. Needless to say, you should never pair flats with a long skirt. Remember Granny from ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’? Just ask yourself if that is the look you are trying to achieve if you ever think of pairing flats with a long skirt.
Okay, so how should flats be paired with pants? Well, just as shorter skirts look good with flats, so do shorter pants – think Capri pants. However, long pants, if done correctly, can work well with flats also. Both flare leg pants and skinny jeans look really nice with a gorgeous pair of flats. Just be sure that your pants are the correct length – i.e. not too long and dragging the ground.
If you keep these tips in mind, you will have no problem integrating flats into your wardrobe. In addition, you can be sure that your flat shoes are an asset rather than a liability to your wardrobe.