12 Autumn Outfits That Look Chicer With Flat Shoes

If you've spent more than five minutes browsing Who What Wear UK's articles, then chances are you'll already know that flat shoes are where it's at this autumn, and we're not the only ones who think so. Whilst on a day of appointments, our editor-in-chief Hannah Almassi took a turn through the wooden-clad halls of shopping emporium Liberty London, where the noticeable lack of high heels struck her.

This is something we're seeing on social media, too. Where going-out outfits used to centre around platforms or heeled mules, in their place is a slew of sleek flats. Worn with everything from suits to dresses and miniskirts to jeans, flat shoes have undergone a fashionable metamorphosis and are no longer selected out of mere practicality and comfort. Now, they're a fully-fledged style choice—one we can absolutely get on board with.

Between online and in-store offerings and the latest uploads on Instagram and TikTok, I can confirm that this is going to be a flat-shoe autumn, until the need for boots can no longer be postponed. So, I thought I'd assemble a handful of chic, autumn-appropriate flat-shoe outfits to show you just how stylish these trending footwear options can look.

Focusing my energy on four flat-shoe styles I'm seeing lots of right now—ballet flats, mary janes, loafers and white trainers—have a scroll to see 12 elevated autumn flat-shoe outfits to try. 


1. Blazer + Mini Skirt + Ballet Flats


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Style Notes: Miniskirts and ballet flats go hand in hand. Pair with a blazer to make the combination work for autumn. 

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2. Cardigan + Silk Trousers + Ballet Flats


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Style Notes: Echo the soft nature of silk trousers with round-toe ballet flats. The cardigan makes this pairing look all the more relevant for the season. 

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3. Wool Jacket + Jeans + Ballet Flats


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Style Notes: Wool coats are cropping up all over the place. Start wearing yours with jeans and ballet flats for the perfect transitional look. 

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1. Dress + Bag + Loafers


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Style Notes: Stretch out the lifespan of your summer dresses by wearing them with chunky loafers, and add a leather jacket or blazer when you need the extra warmth. 

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2. Blazer + Jeans + Loafers


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Style Notes: Trust me—you can never go wrong with a black blazer, jeans and loafers. 

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3. Coat + Cigarette Trousers + Loafers


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Style Notes: Take the tonal approach by wearing one colour top to toe. This cream outfit, complete with ecru loafers, looks the high-end part. 

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1. Jumper + Jeans + Mary Janes


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Style Notes: Mary janes are having a moment right now, but ask any editor and they'll tell you they're a timeless investment. Don't you think they add something special to this refined white-jeans-and-navy-jumper ensemble? 

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2. Leather Jacket + Skirt + Mary Janes


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Style Notes: White socks and flats always look cute worn together, but I love the edgy juxtaposition of adding a leather bomber into the mix. 

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3. Jumper + Trousers + Mary Janes


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Style Notes: A look that could carry you from office to dinner. Simply match the shade of your knit to that of your trousers and you'll look instantly put-together.

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1. Blazer + Trousers + Trainers


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Style Notes: Trainer trends come and go, but white kicks? They're for life, and so versatile. Use yours to add a cool finish to leather and chinos. 

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2. Shirt + Jeans + Trainers


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Style Notes: Jeans, a white shirt and white trainers? You've just found the ultimate off-duty outfit. 

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3. Coat + Trousers + Trainers


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Style Notes: Proof that trainers work brilliantly with tailoring and help to lift a neutral outfit. 

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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.