Tres chic: 7 unexpected ways to style ballet flats

How to nail the hottest shoe trend of the year.
How to style ballet flats

If there was ever a shoe that never goes out of style, it’s the ballet flat. Sure, it goes through trend highs and lows, but we can officially call it – ballet flats are back in fashion.

The chic yet comfortable shoe began popping up on the runways and in collections over the last year from the ultra chic Miu Miu ballet flats to the stylish Ferragamo iterations.

With stilettos rapidly disappearing from dance floors, offices, and even runways, we’re now ready to coin the ballet flat as the shoe of the year. 

From a quiet addition to your outfit to a full blown statement piece – the ballet flat is the ultimate versatile shoe that you need in your wardrobe.

Here are seven ballet flats outfit ideas that are beyond the obvious – choose your preferred way to wear it.

As a pop of colour or a statement piece

Whilst shoes can simply blend into an outfit for a more casual approach, ballet flats shouldn’t be relegated to merely an essential accessory. The reinvigoration of flats means there are hundreds of ways to use the shoe as a unique statement piece, from mesh to crystal-embellished, Mary Jane and leather – there are endless style opportunities.

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 10: Gabriella Berdugo wears a beige trench long coat from Trench London, a black and white checkered print top from Zara, matching high waist pants from Zara, yellow ballerinas pointed shoes from Carven, a beige bag from Michino, during a street style fashion photo session, on November 10, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

With leg warmers or socks

For those cooler days where you might not want to commit to boots or other high-commitment shoes, add a pair of legwarmers, socks or nylon sockettes to your ballet flats for a très chic casual look.

Tamara Kalinic wears ballet flats

French girl chic

A pair of shoes can transform a whole outfit, take a leaf out of the French girl chic playbook and pair your ballet flats with jeans, a blouse and a jacket just like Katie Holmes did below.

Katie Holmes wears ballet flats.

In a Balletcore inspired ‘fit

Balletcore is the overall trend at the heart of the revival of ballet flats. Think tulle skirts, ribbons, baby pink and other off-duty ballerina looks. Hailey Bieber epitomised the balletcore trend when she posted a picture of herself wearing a baby pink dress from Tory Burch’s 2024 Spring Summer collection and a pair of ballet flats.

Hailey Bieber ballet flats balletcore outfit wearing tory burch.

In a preppy girl look

If Balletcore isn’t your speed, ballet flats can be the perfect addition to a preppy look too. Rather than a brightly coloured shoe, in a preppy look, you may be more inclined to shop for a versatile neutral toned pair of flats to wear with a blazer and shorts combo just like Meghan Markle did at the 2023 Invictus Games.

Meghan Markle wears ballet flats.

With a dress or midi skirt

Whilst ballet flats are an incredibly versatile wardrobe piece, pairing flats with a mini skirt can have an overly juvenile feel. However, when paired with a midi skirt or dress – ballet flats can inject a fun and stylish ethos into the outfit. Jennifer Lopez recently opted for a pair of beige flats alongside an electric blue calf-length shirt dress.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 25: Jennifer Lopez is seen arriving at Le Flore en l'Île on July 25, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)

For a stylish office look

ballet flats outfit ideas don’t just have to be for out of the office. Swap out uncomfortable heels in your work outfits for a pair of ballet flats instead! The perfect pair of pointed-toe flats or a pair of Chanel-inspired patent-toe dipped flats can be the ultimate stylish and comfy office shoe that can be paired with trousers, skirts, dresses and shorts.

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 25: Influencer Alexandra Lapp, wearing a Seidensticker blouse in white, Rossi pinstriped pants in grey, a H&M cashmere sweater in grey, a Allude knit sweater in light grey, Louis Vuitton earrings, Celine cat eye sunglasses in black, a Saint Laurent take-away-box bag in black, a Saint Laurent belt in black and Chanel ballerinas in white, during a streetstyle shooting at Paris Fashion Week on September 25, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Streetstyleshooters/Getty Images)

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