Monday, September 24, 2007

Winterizing your ballet flats

grits404 has a follow-up question about flats:

my question about the cute ballet flats, print or not, is how to keep your feet warm in cold weather? knee highs if you are wearing pants? cute, thin socks? this is truly a dilemma for me and i usually opt out for the socks and running shoes look. i am really trying to break my own mold this year!!!

Quite honestly, it comes down to pragmatism versus fashion. I'm sorry to say that, but it's true.

Ballet flats are lightweight, dainty shoes that go best with crisp fall or spring pieces. Ballet flats aren't meant to be paired with functional outdoor winter gear (parkas and heavy pants) although they CAN be worn with lighter weight wool or wool blend trousers. Wear them with bare feet and legs for as long as the weather permits, which, in some parts of the country, is pretty much all year round.

If you live somewhere with actual SEASONS, though, you CAN pair your ballet flats with tights or VERY thin socks for cooler days. Match your hosiery to either your shoe or your skirt or trousers. A black skirt and black tights with a great print flat is a fun fall look. Keep your outerwear light as well--a jean jacket or trench should be plenty.

Don't overwhelm your ballet flats; if you need a parka and hat and gloves to ward off the chill, pack your ballet flats away for warmer days. For the depths of winter, break out the boots; choose a pretty pair with a pointy toe or a cool wedge heel. If your climate is cold but not snowy, think about a driving moccasin with socks (again, match them to the pants OR the shoes). Your feet will be warm and you will still look chic and hip.
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Blogger grits404 said...

many thanks!!

September 24, 2007 11:11 AM  
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April 21, 2012 11:34 PM  

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