Ask CF: How Do I Style Colorful Flats?

Don’t let bold hues scare you! It’s easier than you think to rock bright shoes.

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Hello CF! 

Recently I have been brainstorming and looking for ways to match and style a pair of red ballet flats in a youthful, casual way. I have looked everywhere on the Internet for an answer to my question but to no avail.

Most of the outfits on Pinterest were appropriate either for more mature women at least over 25 years old or for formal occasions. Most of them did not feel like an outfit which could be worn to class or for coffee by the average college student.

Additionally, the only colours of clothing I saw in outfits were red, black, white and blue. It would be great of you if you could introduce a couple more colours to that palette.

Yours sincerely,

An anonymous 20-year-old fan.

Our Response

I totally get where you’re coming from. Colorful shoes can be tricky to style, and red is about as bold as solid colors get.

Luckily, solid colors pair easily. The trick is to tie things together with a pop of the same shade of red somewhere else in the outfit. If you do this, you’ll be able to pull off items you wouldn’t have considered before.

Below are some outfits featuring bright red flats; feel free to play around with colors and cuts until you find something that expresses your unique style.

Pink Punk

Products: Top | Shorts | Choker | Lip color | Flats

To mix up the color scheme a little, this outfit is based around pink and red. Some people are afraid to wear red and pink together. Don’t be one of those people! This color combo is awesome. 

Start with a cute pink crop top with a fun pop of red to tie in with the flats. Tuck the top into some white high-waisted shorts. Swipe on your pinkest, prettiest lip color, and finish it all off with a retro-cool choker.

Feminine Florals

Products: Top | Hat | Flats | Sunglasses | Skirt

Another color that looks great with red is yellow! Primaries look great when paired with each other for a modern look. Wear this fun, flowery top with an understated black skirt for a slightly more grown-up take on casual. Match the red of the flats with some unique red sunglasses. This fun sunhat will keep rays off your face while pulling the whole look together.

Classic Romper

Products: Romper | Lipstick | Earrings | Flats

I know you wanted to avoid pairing red with blue, but this is my absolute favorite look to wear with my red flats. A denim romper is the perfect match for a bright, solid shoe. Gold drop earrings add elegance and sparkle, and it’s hard to go wrong pairing a red lip with denim – there’s nothing more classic!

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What do you think?

How would you style red ballet flats? Would you wear a denim romper? Let us know in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “Ask CF: How Do I Style Colorful Flats?”

  1. My advice is to wear flats the same way we use scarfs in outfits: a pop of color or a way to mix different prints.

  2. I have paired my red flats with a denim skirt, purple keyhole-back T, & chunky red/turquoise necklace. It sounds like a lot of color, but it worked together. I also love pairing red shoes with olive green pants.


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