How to Wear It: Lace-Up Flats

image via Prosecco and Plaid

image via Prosecco and Plaid

Because of the extra detailing on these shoes, pairing them with the proper type of bottom is critical to achieving the perfect lace-up look. If your pant leg is too long, wide, or flared, it will swallow up the flats and make for an overall less flattering look. To elongate your legs and achieve a more stream-lined effect, wear these flats with a pair of ankle-cropped jeans or trousers that are tight at your calf. For some extra-flair in more laid-back look, these shoes look great with distressed boyfriend jeans. Pair it with a classic button-down, favorite sweater, or fall jacket, and you’ve got a complete look!

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by Maria Mentzel

With the past few weeks of fall being warmer than expected, this is the perfect time to wear your favorite flats before trading them in for socks and boots. While the classic ballet flat is a wardrobe staple, update your everyday look with the new lace-up flat. Hesitant to embrace what seems to be the ballerina’s version of a gladiator sandal? Have no fear fashionistas; with this style advice you’ll be ready to rock the look in no time!

The lace-up flat adds an entirely new dimension to the usual flat and becomes the statement piece in an outfit. The laces and pointed toe add an element of edge, making an otherwise simple outfit instantly chic. To really enhance this effect, choose a lace-up flat in a bold color like bright red or electric blue. Pair bolder colors with a more neutral toned top and pants to balance out the look.

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For a dressier or feminine look, try these flats with a skirt or fall dress. Experiment with different hemlines to figure out which combination works best on you. On chillier evenings, wear your flats with a pair of opaque tights. The contrast will highlight the laced detail while you stay warm and chic.

This lace-up look is different than its predecessors because it doesn’t lace-up your entire calf. This makes these flats flattering and easily wearable for any fashion guru, looking to put her best foot forward! Snag a pair today for only $45 at Topshop.