I Think Ballet Pumps Look Coolest When They're Worn With These Outfits

Dainty ballet flats may have been the height of Kate Moss–inspired cool back in the mid-noughties (think drainpipe jeans, military jackets and skinny scarves), but over the intervening decade, they have developed a reputation for being the black sheep of the flat-shoe family. Cheap iterations were not only sweaty and blister-inducing, but they also looked pretty unsavoury after a few Friday night outings.

Yet it cannot be denied that this iconic Parisian style is a bit of a wardrobe icon and a staple that continues to see sellout success for French fashion house Chanel (aka the original ballet flats). Yes, they've had a rough few years, but when worn correctly, they can be a real game-changer. And if the feeds of our favourite fashion influencers are anything to go by, they've also come to this realisation.

From Eva Chen to Alyssa Coscarelli, the coolest girls on the 'gram have been reaching for the ballet pumps this season. Whether paired with straight-leg jeans or a statement frock, they're just what we need in this tricky transition weather. But how do you wear them now without experiencing fashion flashbacks to your teen self? Well, that's where we come in. We've found nine outfits that will inspire your ballet-flats styling this spring. Scroll down to see and shop our faves.

Midi Skirt + Tonal Knit

Style Notes: Eva Chen has been loving ballet pumps this season, and we like how she has matched hers to her tonal skirt and knit outfit pairing.

Mesh Top + Straight Leg Jeans

Style Notes: Alyssa's monogrammed pink pumps are just too cute and instantly elevate her stonewash jeans and mesh top. Low effort yet oh-so-cool.

How to wear ballet pumps: Alexa Chung in shorts and black ballet pumps



Style Notes: A long-standing member of the ballet pumps club, Alexa is our ultimate shoe muse. Flats are a great option when wearing shorts, as they help to lengthen legs, as shown in this smart-casual look.

White Trousers + White Sweater

Style Notes: The tonal trend is still going strong and is just what we want to wear this spring. The balance of ballet pumps with tailored trousers and a low-key sweater is perfection. 

Statement Dress + Matching Pumps

Style Notes: If you're more of a style maximalist, make like Leandra Medine and throw on a colour-pop, floor-skimming frock with matching pumps.

Denim Shorts + Linen Shirt

Style Notes: Long-line shorts are having a moment this season, and nude pumps are just what this tricky trend needs to shine. Just check out Joana Staygold's weekend-ready outfit.

Style Notes: While we're still waiting for summer to arrive, take your style inspiration from We Are Twinset, who opt for a classic combo of a trench coat, a white tee, jeans and Chanel pumps.

Knit Dress + Light-Wash Denim

Style Notes: COS has a fab selection of pumps that feel a little more grown-up than the mainstream varieties. They're begging to be worn with straight-leg jeans and a knit dress à la Tylynn Nguyen.

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