It’s almost spring this side of the world, which gets me super excited! It’s still a little chilly in Johannesburg but over the weekend we headed out to Sun City (more on that later) for our anniversary and the weather up North was just glorious. On the way there we stopped at a little place called French Toast, which is like a little piece of Paris in South Africa. I took the opportunity to wear my new floral Ted Baker dress with the cutest pair of Steve Madden Ballerina flats- aren’t they gorgeous? The dress is quite formal but given the special occasion (we were celebrating our 6 year anniversary) I decided to pair it with a pair of flats for something a little different.
Formal affairs and evening soirees call for the fanciest attire, from cocktails dresses to ball gowns, or possibly even a pantsuit, often pairing our outfits with the most gorgeous heels, even though it’s nearly impossible to walk around gracefully in stilettos. Flats can look just as beautiful with a full length frock as a pair of towering sandals, but just as Lifestyle Inquirer reiterates, some circles are rigid and still adhere to old-fashion rules of how a woman should dress for black-tie events and such.
What many of those people don’t realise is that the heel doesn’t define the level of elegance a shoe has; it’s the design itself that deem footwear appropriate enough for a gala. It’s the comfort aspect combined with sophistication, that the curators of Lyst’s collection of flats explain, “have arguably taken over heels as the new must-have.” Thus, don’t feel obligated to put in your tallest heels for your upcoming formal gathering!
Women know all too well about the pains of pumps, developing a love-hate relationship with these structural accessories. Vbeauté founder Julie Macklowe has made it clear how much she hates high heels, and is credited for starting the black-tie sneakers trend. Her trick for pulling off high tops at galas? Calf-length dresses or structured silhouettes to draw more attention to the shoes, changing traditional ideas of formal footwear.
Karlie Kloss is yet another role model in that you can take a style tip or two from when pulling off flats for cocktail parties, with Glamour showcasing the model in comfy shoes on separate occasions, one time in sandals, another in nude ballet flats, and a third time in silver pointed slippers. Why some people consider flats as a formal fashion faux pas, we may never truly understand, but if a model can leave her six inch heels on the runway and show up to early evening and night-time events in flat shoes, every woman should be granted the luxury to do the same!
Sneakers may still be too big of a risk for fancy attire, so if you’re thinking of flat footwear for a formal party, glitter ballet flats and metallic slippers are excellent choices. Pointed shoes add interest and complement your dress, while embellished sandals are suited for garden parties and pool or beachside affairs. All Women’s Talk says that shoes with cut outsoar flats that feature a chic clear panel is perfect for evening wear. The next time you’ve got an elegant dress on, try matching it with a pair of flats before reaching for your heels.
What do you think of these cute Steve Madden flats paired with this dress? I will also have a review of the French Toast out on the blog next week 🙂
Dress-Ted Baker at Stuttafords
Shoes- Steve Madden
Bag- Forever 21
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