Fashion Girls Can’t Get Enough of Ballet Flats—Here’s How To Style Them

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You’ve worn them, you loved them, and you hated them. You definitely had a favorite pair, and you might even still have a pair hidden somewhere in your closet or under your bed. It’s ballet flats—yes, ballet flats. Like it or not, just like our ever-beloved clog, they’re making a comeback, but not in the exact way you may remember.

When you think of ballet flats, you probably think of thin, flimsy, crinkled patent leather that makes your feet sweat like no other. The type of ballet flat making a comeback isn’t that same flat, though. It’s more like their cooler older cousin. Think quality leather, a square toe, a bow, and hey, maybe even a strap across to call it a Mary Jane. Just as we’ve matured and traded some of our skinny jeans for a straight let and our flip phones for ones with touchscreens, ballet flats have matured as well (as has the way we style them).

If you think of any of your go-to outfits, chances are you can swap in ballet flats, and they’ll elevate your outfit perfectly. Don’t believe us? Keep scrolling for our favorite ways to style ballet flats. Chances are, you already have it all in your closet.


With trousers and a trench

Of course, the ballet flat will look great with our current fave, the trouser. How could it not? From work to after work, an outfit like this one just keeps on giving.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Tailored Pants

5 colors available


With jeans and a white tee

You really can’t go wrong with the classic white-tee-and-jeans combo. Paired with a ballet flat, it’s a bit of a modern spin on the tried-and-true fave. Looking to change it up a bit? Opt for a colorful pair of flats to stand out against the rest of your outfit.


Northside Vintage Tee

11 colors available

Old Navy

Vintage Easy Tee

2 colors available

With your favorite button-up

A button-up is always a good idea, and when paired with flats, anything is possible. With shorts, pants, a skirt, or a dress, flats and a really good button-up are simply a match made in heaven. 


Cropped Button-Up

2 colors available


Flannel Button-Up

2 colors available

With an oversized jacket and baggy jeans

The contrasting elements of fitted flats and baggy pieces are a match made in heaven. The juxtaposition will give your flats a cool vibe you didn’t know was possible.

BDG Urban Outfitters

Oversized Corduroy Jacket

3 colors available

Old Navy

Packable Oversized Puffer

7 colors available

With a skirt and ankle socks

This outfit combo is just as sweet as the ballet flats themselves. Paired with a jacket and a graphic tee, this is one outfit we’ll keep in our rotation this season.


Pleated Mini Skirt

2 colors available


Margot Skirt

Shop our favorite ballet flats


Zoe Ballet Flats

3 colors available


The Demi

18 colors available

A New Day

Jackie Flats

4 colors available


Braylynn Ballet Flat

2 colors available


Guilhermina Square-Toe Flats

5 colors available


Callisto Suede Ballet Flat

4 colors available


The Italian Leather Day Ballet Flat

6 colors available


The Square

6 colors available


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