A little while back I received a question from Jill about what to wear when you are getting dressed up, but don't want to (or can't) wear heels. I have created four looks that will look fab with a cute pair of pointy-toed flats or, in the case of the first two looks, with black riding boots and tights. The key component of all of these outfits is the length of the skirt. Without the extra height of heels, it is important to keep your skirts above the knee in order to create a nice, long silhouette.
When wearing flats, balancing proportions should be your main focus. Aim for long legs and a small, high waist.
The goal should be to draw the eye up towards the face so look for open necklines to pair with statement necklaces. With the higher neckline in the Desk to Dinner look, I chose a bright scarf, worn high and compact, to be the focal point of the outfit.
When wearing flats, you can't rely on the shoes to make the outfit, so it is a great time to indulge in accessorizing. Add color or shine with belts, jewelry and scarves.
If you are wearing a scarf or pashmina for coverage, consider clipping it with a brooch at the waist. Be creative with your detailing and most of all, have fun. Dressing up is more fun with sparkle and color.
After you've gotten all dressed up, the worst thing you can do is throw on your everyday flats. Invest in a pair of evening flats that will match the formality of your outfits and that will remain in good condition. Here are a few styles I love: