As we bid farewell to 2016, I am resharing groups of photos and including more in-depth information about style. Today I am sharing a few of the times I wore flats.
Let’s talk about getting dressed up first. Looks similar to the one below can be worn to most special events during mild weather. This style of pant looks great with flats that show the top of your foot.
While having lunch with friends, I wore Vince Camuto flats (above) with slim fitting Lisette ankle pants and a fun jacket from ShopMyFairLady.com. They don’t have this one anymore but keep checking my shopping site; it may be listed there soon. I often list items I have never worn or that might have been worn only once for a few hours. You will be getting a piece that is like new for a fraction of the original price.
When I dress down to do something like going to the Farmer’s Market, I wear pieces such as these from J.Jill, shown in the photos above and below. Loose fitting, soft, comfortable tops and pants are ideal to wear while you are relaxing at home. Covered Perfectly now has leisure suits for just that purpose.
Bumping into things in my bare feet is very painful, so I do not walk around barefoot even while I am at home. I wear slip on canvas shoes or the type of sneaker shown above while relaxing at home. I never wear my athletic style running/walking shoes for any purpose other than exercising as shown below. Athletic shoes are too bulky and unattractive for casual wear or even with the currently very popular athleisure wear.
A sleek pair of canvas, animal print or metallic slip-on shoes look appropriate and are very comfortable. I am wearing a black pair from Rockport in the photo below.
If your pants bunch on the top of your shoes, it always looks messy and makes you appear heavier than you are. Wearing athletic shoes with baggy jeans that bunch on top of them wins the prize for the most unattractive look for anyone (male or female).
The pant leg width determines where the hem should end. Cropped pants should stop at the same spot as your best skirt length (never at the widest part of your calves). Skinny jeans or slim fitting ankle pants should be hemmed to the top (slim part) of the ankle. Straight leg pants should be hemmed to the bottom or the middle of your ankle. Fuller leg pants such as palazzos, flares and bootcuts should almost cover your shoes and be hemmed to within 1/4 to 1/2 inch off the ground.
I get up and get dressed every day. On those wonderful days when I don’t have a long list of things I have to do, I wear something comfortable but very smart looking with flat sandals or shoes. I can grab my bag and put on a necklace or scarf and be out the door in two minutes. The top above is from Covered Perfectly. It takes casual comfort up a notch and it is long enough to be worn with leggings or jeans. The flat sandals are by DV Dolce Vita a couple of years ago. When I wear sandals they always have straps to hold them on my foot as I move. Mules, slides and flip-flops are not ever the right choice for me.
If I am running errands around town, I might wear the look above. The chambray shirt is old from Chico’s. The flats are by Marc Fisher. He is an American designer who makes very good looking women’s shoes. These were named Susan, and they are a pewter/silver color so you know I had to have them. Notice that when I wear flats, they are never too cushy looking. I always search for a slender silhouette with a pointed or almond shaped toe which makes the legs look longer. Since my legs are short, I always want that lengthening effect. If the weather is mild, I wear flats without socks or with sock liners that do not show.
For a casual family gathering at my sister’s home I wore white pants with a Covered Perfectly top and flat sandals with a strap that goes around the heel. That low-slung hip belt is old from Chico’s. Wearing a belt in this way with a tunic and flats helps to break my body into thirds instead of in half. Visually dividing your body in half makes you look shorter and wider.
The only time I ever wear flip-flop style shoes is on pedicure day. I dress in loose, comfortable clothes and the appropriate flip-flops by OkaB. I take a shower a few hours before my visit, but I shave my legs the day before which gives any small nicks a chance to heal a little. I skip perfume on the day I visit any service provider or Doctor’s office. They may not enjoy my fragrance as much as I do.
I have gotten several questions about whether it is appropriate for us to wear thigh high or over the knee boots. This pair of over the knee boots by Vince Camuto are very appropriate since they are flat and I wear them with long tunics and leggings. Here’s a good tip, tuck your pants into your socks before pulling your boots on over them.
The cute flats above worn with black jeans, are by Circa Joan & David via Saks Off 5th. I have this same style with a white detail on the top, shown below. When I find a style that appeals to me, I often buy every color.
The very comfortable neutral flats above are by Halogen via Nordstrom. They are great to wear with khaki or white pants.
The black loafers above are by BCBGeneration. Something more substantial was necessary to balance with the heavier warmer jacket. The weather determines if I am going to wear socks with flats. Being comfortable and warm are my first considerations. Lace up brogues and Chelsea boots are also favorite cold weather flats to wear with socks and more casual looks. I am wearing Chelsea boots with warm socks in the photo below.
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Now to my favorite flats purchase of all time. I enjoy wearing these little cap-toe Chanel inspired ballet style shoes with ankle jeans so much I bought a second pair for when I wear these out. I found them at Last Call by Neiman Marcus.