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How to wear : Flats without looking Frumpy

how to wear flat shoes
how to wear flats without looking frumpy


I’ve been recently embracing the art of the flat shoe. Opting for my pointed mannish flats over my chunky winter boots to add a little bit of something else to my everyday looks. Luckily flat shoes are having a bit of a moment in fashion at the moment and they can look every bit as chic as a pair of heels. Here are a few of the tips I’ve gathered a long the way about embracing a flat shoe:


Above or Below the Ankle

Flats fall into two main categories - Below the ankle flats such as ballet flats, brogues, sandals or trainers and above the ankle flats such as boots or Converse. Mix up proportions and experiment for the most flattering flat shoe which works for your figure and shape. Sometimes clashing proportions when wearing flats is more For example in mix creepers with a pencil skirt or girly ballet shoes with mom jeans.

Point it out 

A great tip is is to go for a pointed toe. Round toed flats can feel old fashioned and dated where as a toe point can really elongate the leg. Super flatting and lengthening - Just like a fancy pair of heels! Pointed toes add a geometric sleek look to any outfit so are definitely worth looking for, especially for an unexpected evening twist.

Be Smart

Obviously sandals when theres a couple of inches of snow outside are a no-no. However trainers or brogues are perfect for the colder months. Pair some flat boots with some cute little socks you have a dream sock shoe combo in winter weather. Then again rules are made to be broken and a little pair of winter boots can be totally weather re-appropriated with a summer dress for a cool festival look.

74 comments

  1. Exactly what I needed to know! Hello comfy shoe days :) www.uninterestinglife12.blogspot.ie

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  2. I've wanted to get some brogues for aggesss, so this was really helpful :) x

    Isabella Hope

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  3. Ah such helpful tips Lily! Totally agree with you about a pointy shoe!
    Sophie
    x

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  4. Thanks, your tips are so helpful as I'm lately also really into flats - although normally I wear mostly heels! But I think flats are definitely more fashionable at the mometn :)
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  5. I always have this issue because I'm only 5" and I for sure find it helpful to role up my jeans above the ankle.

    Petite Side of Style

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  6. I think there's nothing frumpy about wearing flats! I love flats, wear them pretty much 24/7, and I'm only 5'2. I used to be scared of looking like and elf with pointy flats, but now I love them!

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  7. I absolutely love flats at the moment! I completely agree about pointed toes - they add a bit of sass to what is otherwise just a bog standard dolly shoe!

    Grace
    www.mane-look.com

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  8. I definitely think I suit below the ankle pointed shoes, although I do love my boots! Will have to keep my eyes peeled this coming season

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Ah now I'm paranoid I look frumpy in my flats hahah, I hope I'm doing it right!! :)


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  10. I've been wanting to wear flats more lately, I've just kind of been really into my boots! The cold weather doesn't help either. Great tips!

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  11. I find pointed shoes just look silly on me so I stick to the rounded toe flats with some embelishment
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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  12. I'm all about that flat life! even though I'm under 5 feet tall.
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    KL

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  13. I never wear heels - I'm 6ft, so used to wearing flats, least I tower over everybody. I want to get some brogues, they look smart

    Laura | Laurzrah

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  14. gorgeous shoes and i love the tips :)

    Rachel // Style Soup

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  15. I love wearing the 'creeper' style shoes, although mine aren't really anything like creepers, just that they are similar in that they have a platform. I love mine so much and they are the most comfortable shoes ever! I really want to buy some more flats as I don't have any ballet type shoes. I'll definitely go for a more pointed shoe, they're my favourite :)
    cherieedle.blogspot.com

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  16. Lovely tips!
    I personally love wearing sneakers ( nike air max thea atm) in winter. I work as a style advisor in a clothingstore so I need to walk a lot, and then I choose sneakers of heels. I love the cute sock combo as well.

    The bag you wear on the first pick is AMAZING!!!!


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  17. I really like these kind of flats!
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

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  18. Flats are definitely on my list for work this month, loving the pointed toe style!

    http://lux-rose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. These are awesome!
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.com

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  20. this was so helpful! will keep ABOVE OR BELOW THE ANKLE in mind next time i go shopping for flats!

    www.myseoulinbkk.com

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  21. Owh man! I basically used to live in flats for fear of looking like a giant. But now, for me, there is nothing quite as comfy (and versatile) as an ankle boot with a slight heel.

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  22. You own some gorgeous shoes! x
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  23. Great tips, I didn't realise that pointed shoes give that effect, I may need to reconsider them ;D
    http://sapphiresaysfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. Great post- I was discussing this very topic with someone today :) Love the new layout :)

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  25. Flats are definitely needed in this weather so great tips X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  26. love this kind of posts ! i almost always wear flats so these are some handy tips, definitely agree about going for a pointy toe x

    CLUB AVENUE / http://club-avenue.blogspot.com / instagram

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  27. Very helpful! I have always thought I looked frumpy in flats! Thank you for the tips!
    xx
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

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  28. Thank you for this post! Very helpful, I hate how I look in flats!

    www.ellenwarnerxo.blogspot.co.uk x

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  29. Lovely!!

    http://simpleplaintruth.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. I think I will always be a flats girl, lovely post Lily x

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  31. OMG! I love the flats AHHH!
    whiteandstars.blogspot.com

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  32. Lovely post!!!! Great photos. Would you like to follow each other on GFC?! Let me know and follow me on my blog, I will follow you right back on both GFC and Bloglovin!
    xx
    Tanya
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  33. Thanks for the tips! Lovely post

    www.mandybajwa.blogspot.com

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  34. Thank you for the tips. This was a lovely post x

    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. These are some really good tips, I think I'm going to have to pick up some brogues now!
    Jodie // La Lune Song

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  36. Great tips, I love to wear ankle boots with dresses in the summer too :) x
    Freya's Fashion Chapter

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  37. I love the pointed flat pumps around at the moment..I may have to invest when it warms up little - too cold for me just now! x

    mary
    www.littlefeatherstyle.blogspot.com

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  38. This was actually a super helpful post, I struggle with flattering shoes in general/shoes I really really like that will be comfortable yet look good too. I've currently been wearing my Nike running/gym shoes every day with my black Joni jeans but want to be able to wear dresses and skirts which my trainers don't look good with.... I'll take your tip about pointed toes on board though!

    She's So Lucy

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  39. oooo pure shoe envy right here, great picks. xox

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  40. I love the pointy shoes, great tips :)

    http://www.champagne-lifestyle.com/

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  41. Because I'm on the shorter I get that frumpy feeling too! I find wearing ankle grazer jeans always helps.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  42. great post

    giveaway on my blog

    http://hashtagliz.com

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  43. great tips!
    i definitely need to find a good pair of pointed flats for myself :)
    x
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

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  44. I love these flats! Love your tips :)

    http://mrmichell.tumblr.com

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  45. This is super helpful!!..
    please check out my blog and let me know what you think!


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    xx

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  46. Great tips !

    http://fruityandpassion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  47. this is so helpful, I always feel that I look frumpy in flats unless they're really chunky!


    elly from alldeathbydiamonds

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  48. Great article and omg that bag!!! NEED it!

    Kay, ohkay-dohkay.com

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  49. I prefer flats to heels so this has been really helpful in finding some new picks for outfits :)

    Tamsyn-Elizabeth
    Peach Pow XO

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  50. These shoes are so pretty !

    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  51. I've really fell out of love with flats. this post has given me a few pointers though so I'll be sure to give them another shot! x

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  52. Love this! I always think i look frumpy in flats, ill have to take a few pointers from here! xx

    mariasmakeupxo@blogspot.co.uk

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  53. I really want some pointed toe flats, will be on the look out!

    http://wiltedxfaded.blogspot.co.uk/

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  54. love love LOVE that horsey bag! xo

    Sarah-Jane xo // www.vmgirl.me

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  55. Great post Lily, I love your tips! I really want to get some pointed toe flats!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  56. I love my flats. I'm not a heel girl at all. My favourite style at the moment are the "monk shoe" I really want to get a great pair for winter.

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  57. I absolutely LOVE your horse clutch! So funky.

    -coffeeslag
    www.facebook.com/coffeeslag

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  58. lovely shoes x

    leannewinters.blogspot.co.uk

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  59. Really useful post. I've always favoured flats but more so since I had my knee op last year. My shoe cupboard is now overflowing of the same show in a slightly different style.

    average adventures

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  60. Loving the flats and socks combo ... So comfortable ;) x

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  62. This is so handy, I work in an office and don't like wearing heels everyday but like pencil skirts, its hard to wear flats without looking like a granny. http://littlelottie09.blogspot.co.uk/ xo

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  63. the colours and form in this post <3

    x

    www.coralpaiges.blogspot.co.uk

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