Getting the proportions right
Trainers are very “now”, surprisingly versatile and suitable for all ages. There are a huge variety to choose from at all price points from Primark at £8 to the diamond encrusted Jimmy Choos at £595! There are even trainers with built in wedges to give some valuable extra height to those of us who are vertically challenged!
If pairing your trainers with skirts and dresses I’d go for a fairly lightweight pair to give a “preppy” look, and keep chunkier styles for wearing with trousers/jeans. White trainers are fabulous and fresh for Summer, or why not go for a bit of glitz and glam with a sparkly or metallic pair from Kettlewell Colours – available in gold for “warms” or silver for “cools”.
True Naturals who really value their comfort have even taken to wearing them with their wedding dresses – or at least as back-up for when their feet ache from dancing the night away!
I’m actually a big fan of flip flops. Because of the V shape of the thong which gives the illusion of longer legs, they are very flattering and, again, you can get dainty and sparkly versions to wear with dresses. And they’re so easy to slip into! (Just make sure to give yourself a pedicure first!)
Ballet pumps work well with dresses and skirts too. These leather “Emily” flats currently on sale at Hobbs are particularly flattering as the slightly pointed toe will make your legs look longer.
For those who need a bit more support though, something with an ankle strap is more practical. Avoid anything too clumpy though if wearing light-weight dresses and opt for something like these Cayla Mid shoes from Michael Kors. I couldn’t resist ordering myself a pair at 50% off in the sales. (Researching what’s out there for blog posts like this does tend to result in a purchase!)
Looking towards Autumn/Winter, knee length flat boots can often be very flattering teamed with dresses and skirts, particularly if you coordinate the colour of your boot to your hosiery and/or hemline. If you’re wearing a smart or “dressy” dress, a slim boot will work best, whereas chunkier boots will team well with more casual styles, knits and heavier weight fabrics.