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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.