Ask CF: How Can I Wear Flats as Formal Attire?

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Dear CF,

I am in desperate need of shoe advice! I can no longer wear high heels for long periods after breaking my ankle last year. I’m about to graduate and move to a really large city — one with a nightlife that definitely requires dressing up on a regular basis. I’ve looked at other girls for inspiration, but they all wear heels! Do you have any suggestions for stylish flat shoes that would be appropriate for swanky nightclubs? What about cocktail parties and weddings?


Our Response

Dear Shoeless,

I am sorry to hear about your broken ankle. But even though you can't wear heels for long periods of time, you can still get dressed up for more formal events without having to sacrifice style.

Since you will now be wearing flats often, I would suggest investing in some dressier flats if you don't have some already. Little details like rhinestones, sequins, bows, or even just high quality materials and craftsmanship will provide that formal feel.

You might have to get a little creative with your outfits, and it might be challenging to transition at first (especially if you are used to wearing heels to formal events), but with a little experimentation and imagination you can surely find a look that is sure to make others envious of your style and pain-free soles. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Enjoy!



Outfit #1: Nightclub

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One way to wear flats to a nightclub is to try a pair of boots. Pairing them with a velvet, peplum mini-dress will ensure that your look is right on trend. Accessorize the look with some dangly earrings, a statement cocktail ring, and an envelope clutch. Finally, swipe on your favorite eye-catching lip color and you'll be ready to hit the town! And if boots aren't your style, you can easily swap them out for a nice pair of sandals or ballet flats.

Outfit #2: Cocktail Party

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For a unique look at your next cocktail party, try wearing this red blazer over a cream-colored, pleated dress. Add on a statement necklace for another eye-catching touch. Throw on some bangle bracelets and grab a cobalt blue bag for an extra pop of color. Finally, add on these glitter loafers - they're sure to make a statement at any event.

Outfit #3: Wedding

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As you can see from the look above, it's possible to dress for a wedding without donning heels. A pair of neutral ballet flats with a pretty bow detail are a perfect addition to a delicate dress like the one above. Put on a classic trench coat like the one above to stay warm. Finally, accessorize the look with some gold bangle bracelets, pretty drop earrings, and a whimsical ruffled bag.

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What do you think?

Do you have a similar problem that doesn't allow you to wear heels? Or do you just prefer to wear flats in the first place? For you heel lovers, do you think you would wear flat shoes to these types of events? Do you like these outfits? Which is your favorite? Got any more advice? Please leave a comment below to let me know what you think!

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