Thursday, June 25, 2020

Feminine Differential - Ballet Flats Revisit


Tory Burch ballet flats are wonderfully comfortable. An all day shoe that is feminine, stylish and work for most any occasion. Tory Burch shoes and accessories are absurdly priced and attempt to position themselves into the ultra-designer category, e.g., Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Maybe - Maybe not. What shocks me is seeing young teens in packs wearing $248 Tory flip-flop sandals. How the parents afford these I do not know.  Sorry - enough for the rant.

The above Tory MINNIE CAP-TOE BALLET FLAT had been on sale for about a month.  I had watched and even at the first markdown, I could not justify the purchase. Last week there was an additional 25% off (Code "EXTRA"); although still over priced, they were now justifiable. Note: My experience in purchasing Tory shoes - they run about one-half size small. 

The UK Blog Gabor Shoes posted "How to Wear Ballet Flats: Tips & Styling" - Some great suggestions for this feminine and stylist must have.  

Once the weather starts to warm up and the winter layers gradually start to drop off it’s a clear sign that spring is around the corner. With spring comes lighter footwear and the return of everybody’s favorite flat shoe: the ballet pump.

Delicate, sophisticated and elegant, ballet pumps are the perfect investment for the milder months. But it’s common for those who haven’t yet discovered the joy of these highly versatile flats for there to be a degree of uncertainty on how best to style them. In this post we’ll talk you through how to wear ballet flats to get the most out of the style, including what to wear with ballet flats, what not to wear with ballet flats and how to style them for different occasions.

Ballet Flats Styling Tips

There are, thankfully, not too many ways you can go wrong with this most versatile of shoe styles. Here are our top tips on what to wear with ballet flats and how to wear ballet flats to make them look their best:

  •     Avoid Tights & Socks – Wearing tights, stockings or socks with ballet pumps is a risky business as it creates the possibility for those unsightly pleats and wrinkles around the ankles. If you’re going to brave it, keep a close eye on this area throughout the day, but we think barefoot is always best.
  •     Be Careful With Strap Styles – Ballet pumps with thick ankle straps can visually take a lot of length off your legs. If you have fairly short legs, we would recommend avoiding ballet pumps with straps or lace-up around the ankle and lower leg to keep the legs looking as long as possible.
  •     Go Nude – OK, so not literally of course. Nude-coloured ballet flats create a fantastic leg-lengthening effect when worn with bare legs, so invest in a pair of simple nude flats to take advantage of this simple visual illusion.
  •     Show Some Skin – Ballet flats look most flattering when the lower leg or ankles are showing. Try to keep dresses and skirts above the knee or wear with cropped trousers that show your ankles for a super on-trend look. If you do want to pair with below-the-knee dresses and skirts, we recommend you go for loose, flowing skirt styles to set the look off best.
  •     Accessorize it Big – The simplicity of your ballet flats could always benefit from a touch of balancing-out. To achieve this, complete your outfit with several statement accessories such as chunky necklaces, a large clutch or a bold belt.

 Inspired? Now you know the secrets of how to wear ballet flats, it’s time to do some shopping! Explore our latest collection of ballet pumps here at Gabor (UK pricing) and pick the perfect style for your new outfit creations.

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