Maybe it’s because I’m already 5’6” or maybe it’s because I’m not too sure-footed. Maybe it’s because I grew up watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday regularly. Whatever the reasons may be, there’s no denying – I’m a flats girl. I stole my first pair of silver ballet flats from my mom’s closet as a teenager, and instantly felt feminine, comfortable, and a little dainty.
Not much has changed in my shoe closet since age 15. Rows upon rows of skimmers, slippers, loafers and oxfords, plus a small, dark corner for my (flat) boots and a couple pairs of heels. Lest you think I’ve forgotten, I know we’re here to talk about denim. So I’ll continue by saying that pairing my favorite skinny jeans with a pair of flats has got to be my all-time go-to look. (Ask any of my friends or roommates, it’s pretty much a uniform.)
Lately, to punch up my typical look, I’ve been trying to stray away from my standard black ballet flats. Here are a few ways:
1. (Pictured above) I’ve been pairing my brightly hued cobalt Paige skinnies with a patterned or textured shoe. These snakeskin, slightly pointed-toe flats function as a neutral but add interest, especially when worn with a boldly printed or striped top.
2. These Dolce Vita tassel loafers are my new go-to shoe. The menswear-inspired feel is very on-trend this season, and I just love a good tassel, don’t you? Pairing them with a zippered-ankle crop mixes things up with a bit of edge. (This particular pair is J Brand.)
3. In my opinion, oxfords can be tricky. Sometimes, if the sole is too clunky, you can end up looking totally weighted down and frankly, not very feminine. Now, I love a good menswear look as much as the next girl, but it’s all about the balance, right? So, when my denim is dark and heavy, I pair it with my oxfords that are thin and light. I also make sure to finish this ensemble with a girly blouse or lots of jewelry.