Ballet Flats: How to style, What to look for, Where to wear

Classic, comfy and practical, Ballet Flats are an essential for every wardrobe. But sometimes, they can come off looking a little more frumpy than fabulous.

In this excerpt from our FREE Essential Spring Shoe Guide (which you can download here), we’ll show you:

  1. How to style your Ballet Flats
  2. What to look for when buying Ballet Flats, and
  3. Where to wear them (as road-tested on all terrains!)

For Spring/Summer 2012, look for ballet flats in metallics, bright neons, soft pastels, and with woven features or stunning embellishments.”


Styling tips

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. A quick application of fake tan will get your legs flash-worthy in an instant.
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.
Get rolling
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

Dying to wear your skinny jeans with ballet flats? If they’re tight right through your calves and down to your ankles, it’s a big tick. Wear them long.

Amp the accessories
Balance the practicality of the shoe and its lean, classic silhouette with amped up accessories. A statement necklace, large cuff, bold belt, cocktail ring or bright tights can add the wow factor.





Ballet flats are more-often-than-not worn in direct contact with your skin,  so look for flats that are fully lined in leather. This lining will allow your skin to breathe and stay comfortable. To check that they’re lined, put your hand into the shoe and feel all the way down to the tip.”



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Where to wear Ballet Flats

  • Clothes shopping – they’re easy to slip on and off in change rooms.
  • Coffee with friends – instant chic.
  • Walking to work – keep a lightweight pair in your bag and switch into heels when you hit the office.
  • At the sandpit – they’re easy to kick on and off, and to empty of sand.
For more tips and ideas on how to wear this year’s Spring Shoe Trends, download the Fox in Flats Essential Spring Shoe Guide.

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Do you have a favourite pair of ballet flats? And what do you usually wear them with?

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  • Lisa @ Bithe Moments

    After a bad knee injury curtailed my ability to wear heels every single day like I did before, I’ve embraced the ballet flat. I love the soft leather ones from Joanne Mercer but I’m desperately seeking a replacement to my super bright red pair of fabric ones that I bought a few years ago in a random shop in Sydney. I wore them till I wore through the fabric! Seen any really bright red ones?

    • FoxInFlats

      Oh sorry to hear about your injury – ouch! None come to mind but I’ll keen an eye out for you Lisa.

  • samstone76

    I have heaps of ballet flats. They are my wardrobe staple, especially during my pregnancy. So at the moment I am wearing them with everything.

    • FoxInFlats

      What would we do without these in pregnancy & beyond! x A

  • Sonia @ Shop Me Chic

    These are some darn good tips and I adore those ECCO ‘Kelly’ ballet flats. Flat out fabulous! x

    • FoxInFlats

      Thanks Son. x

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