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Women's Flat Shoes

4 Ways to Make Them Look Fabulous

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Many women have either vowed to only wear flat shoes, while other women have banished them from their wardrobe entirely. While this decision often has to do with the height of the wearer, neither extreme is necessary -- no matter how short or tall you are.

Flats should have a place in every woman's wardrobe. If worn correctly, flat shoes can be as stylish and fun as their high-heeled counterparts. And they often have the advantage of comfort that high heels will never beat.

So, whether you're short, tall, or somewhere in between, give your feet a break every once in a while and slip into a pair of comfortable flats. Use the following guidelines to be sure that your fashion-rating is high even when your heels aren't.

Look for That Little Something Extra

Since flats usually aren't as dynamic as heels, look for flats in fashionable colors, lush materials and rich textures to help jazz up your look without having to resort to higher heels.

Accents like buckles, straps, gems or bows can also add a lot of interest to a pair of flats, although it's best not to go overboard with embellishments. When it comes to shoes without heels, a chic look is typically better than a quirky one, and it's a lot more versatile as well.

Dress Up Simple Flats for an Ultra-Feminine Look

To make up for the simple styling of many flats, consider prettying up your outfit with ultra-feminine wrap tops, flared sleeves and layered shirts to help convey a head to toe "ballerina" look.

Wearing Flats with Skirts

Having no heel on your shoes can make your legs appear shorter. If wearing flats with skirts, shoot for a hemline that is above the knee, to visually lengthen your legs.

Wearing flats with longer skirts can give you a dowdy appearance.

The Right Pants for The Shoes

Capri pants and flats are a match made in heaven, but if you're wearing long pants, make sure they aren't too long. Having the hem of your jeans or slacks drag the floor, not only looks sloppy, it's also a great way to ruin a pair of pants.

Unless you're ultra-thin, you should avoid wearing really tight pants or skinny jeans with flats, as this can sometimes look frumpy and call attention to parts of your body you'd rather not emphasize.

Instead, consider pairing flared or wide-legged pants with with pointed- or almond-toe flats for an ultra-stylish look.

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