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What to Wear with Ballerina Flats

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What to Wear with Ballerina Flats
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It used to be that ballerina flats were what they sounded like: flat shoes that looked like ballet slippers.

In the strictest sense of the term, that definition is still correct. But now you can find everything from sneakers to evening shoes that are inspired by ballet slippers, and therefore could be called ballerina flats.

Being heelless, ballerina flats have a tendency to make ones legs appear shorter, so petite women may want to steer clear, or pair them with a shorter skirt, extending the amount of leg that is shown. Because of this same quality, skimmers are especially great on women of medium height or taller.

Ballerina flats with satin or embellished uppers can seem especially dressy and elegant, while leather skimmers are a bit more casual and are great for pairing with jeans and shorts.

If you're looking for a fun, sporty look, a casual canvas skimmer is adorable with leggings, capris, shorts and short denim skirts.

What to Wear with Ballerina Flats

  • Capri pants
  • Leggings
  • Full-length, flat front casual or dress pants
  • Any jeans without pleats or gathering
  • Shorts
  • Skirts with hemline at or above the knee
  • Some wide-legged pants.

Apparel to Avoid

  • Pants that are too long.
  • Long, narrow skirts.
  • Pleated pants with narrow legs. These will make your mid section appear bigger, while making your legs seem shorter.
Wearing ballet flats with longer skirts and dresses can create a romantically feminine silhouette, but will make short women appear shorter and heavier.

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