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
LBD + Oversized Blazer
Style Notes: A pair of plain black ballet pumps is just what an LBD needs—especially if you don't fancy wearing heels. Meanwhile, an oversized blazer adds an androgynous twist.
Mesh Top + Straight Leg Jeans
Tailored Shorts + Statement Blouse
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
Denim Shorts + Linen Shirt
Trench Coat + Slogan Tee
Knit Dress + Light-Wash Denim