Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Fall Fashion Trends: What Works- Flats

As a tall girl (I'm 5'9"), I'm thrilled by the newfound popularity of flats. I used to hate being tall, and although I've come to embrace it, I still try to avoid towering over everyone else. Flats used to be boring- you had your choice of ballet flats or slip-on sneakers, but this season there are flat versions in tons of different styles, materials, colors and prints. You no longer have to sacrifice style for comfort.

And until October 30, Nordstrom is offering free shipping on every pair of full-price shoes. So stock up!

Here are some great styles, from $40-$120:

Everyday styles:

Jeffrey Cambell "Love" Ballet Flat

BP "Edie" Flat

Lacoste "Papillon" Flat

BC Footwear "Addict" Slip-Ons

Work-ready styles:

Steve Madden "Brinkk" Skimmer

Nicole "Fairfax" Flat

BCBGirls "Slyng" Skimmer

Matisse "Sable" Flat

Going Out styles:

Steve Madden "Bunni" Pump

N.Y.L.A. "Charli" Flat

These are just general guidelines, and a lot of these shoes change categories when they're in a different color. Anything metallic or animal print is great for going out, but isn't approporiate for work. If you're wearing something sparkly or metallic, it should be the only the only sparkly or metallic article of clothing or accessory you wear (not counting jewelry). It's fun to add a little sparkle, but overdo it and you'll resemble a disco ball.

Brightly colored flats look great with jeans or an monochromatic outfits. Although I advise against it, if you do choose to wear skinny jeans or leggings, flats are a must. Heels, particularly stilettos, will make you look silly.

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