Ballet Flats Are Back, and These 16 Outfit Formulas Make Them Look Chic

Do you know those people that perpetually live in heels? Well, I’m one of them. For as long as I can remember, I have been wearing heels in all their forms—ankle strap heels, mary jane pumps, platform sandals, you get the gist. But the longer I’ve lived in New York City, the more I’ve been open to experimenting with flats partially out of pure necessity. And while I can’t imagine I’ll always have a flair for the dramatics, there are so many great shoe trends (think loafers or vintage-inspired sneakers) that are worth test-driving. But I must confess that the one trend speaking to my soul the most is ballet flats. From Miu Miu’s polished satin iterations to The Row’s square-toe mary jane styles, SS/ 22 and FW /22 runways proved ballet flats are back and better than ever. 

Which makes adopting this shoe trend all the more alluring. But if you’re like me, and you’re not sure how to function in flats, you’ll want to keep reading as I’ve done some digging to see how the fashion set is already wearing this trend. Whether you’re a flat-shoe fan fanatic or need some convincing that this shoe style is for you, these 16 ballet flat outfit ideas are bound to impress.

Linen Button-Up + Tube Top + Denim Shorts + Ballet Flats
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@cassdimicco

If living in New York City has taught me anything, having a pair of shoes (beyond sandals) that you can wear on muggy summer days is a must—hence my excitement around ballet flats. It’s the perfect shoe to pair with a linen button-up and denim shorts and call it a day.

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These come in five different colorways, so all your bases will be covered.

Just imagine all the cute different types of ballerina flats you could pair with these. 

Baby Doll Dress + Socks + Ballet Flats
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@alyssainthecity

Maybe it’s a bit derivative, but it doesn’t get easier to embrace this trend than by going full ballet-inspired with it. Why not pair a baby doll dress with socks and ballet flats? Sure, you may not be a part of a dance company, but you should feel like a ballerina every once in a while.

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This will go so well with those ballet flats in the back of your closet. 

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@emmanuellek_

The simplest way to style this shoe trend? By pairing it with pieces you already love and own! Style your favorite cardigan with a pleated miniskirt and ballet flats for an outfit that dances the perfect line between formal and casual.

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I don’t think you understand, I’m obsessed.

Can’t think of a better piece to pair with ballerina flats.

Leather Jacket + T-Shirt + Pencil Skirt + Ballet Flats
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@fridabecker

PSA: not all ballerina flat outfits have to be overly frilly. If you consider your style a bit edgier, don’t be afraid to pair this shoe with a leather jacket, t-shirt, and plaid pencil skirt. You’ll be the physical manifestation of pop-punk aesthics.

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Not going to lie, this jacket makes me want to start singing Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi.”

Blazer + Button-Up + Jeans + Ballet Flats
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@fakerstrom

Searching for the most classic way to style ballet flats? Look no further than the French fashion set. You’ll find them donning ballet flats with a blazer, button-up, and jeans on the regular. It’s simple, but oh so chic.

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 Two neutrals hues on one shoe? We love to see it. 

These jeans have the perfect fit for styling with flats. 

Matching Set + Ballet Flats
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@vikilefevre

What’s another simple way to style ballet flats? Simply pair it with a matching set (in any form). It’s the most effortless way to look good during a time crunch.

Tank Top + Blazer + Jeans + Ballet Flats
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@rabia098

The beauty of ballet flats is that while they’re trending right now, they can fit seamlessly into your wardrobe already—case in point: the outfit above. Throwing on your favorite pair of jeans, a blazer, and a tank may seem simple, but if you find a fun pair of ballet flats the look will be a far cry from basic.

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The raffia fabric on these makes them all the more special.

In case you need a great little tank top to go with your new ballet flats. 

Linen Dress + Ballet Flats + Baguette Bag
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@nicoleocran

Consider the following outfit as further proof that you don’t just have to wear sandals all summer—in fact, ballet flats are a welcome addition to the rotation. Simply invest in a great little linen dress to pair it with and a great baguette bag, and you’ll have the perfect outfit for the office, weekend brunch, or anywhere the summer takes you.

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Now, this is a dreamy little sundress begging to be worn with flats.

Common styling of ballet flats includes pairing them with more tailored trousers or even a dress, but I’m here to remind you that you can think outside the book. Don’t be afraid to pair them with wide-leg trousers (like fellow editor Yusra Siddiqui did above). It’s the perfect way to embrace the ballet flats trend and the relaxed trouser.

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Make your trousers really pop, by opting for a square-toe ballerina flat.

You’ll be serving a whole look in these pants.

Sunglasses + Minidress + Ballet Flats
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@estellechemouny

Half the battle of making this formerly simple shoe stand out is not just in styling but picking more trend-forward iterations of it. Don’t be afraid to not only style it in unexpected ways (i.e., pairing it with a little leather shift dress) but opt for a ballet flat with more interesting details like oversize buckles, tie-up ankles, studs, and so much more. Just because it’s a flat shoe doesn’t mean it has to be boring.

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It doesn’t get more exciting than these Miu Miu patent ballet flats with mismatching ankle straps and oversize buckles.

Cardigan + Knit Maxi Dress + Ballet Flats
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@taniceelizabeth

Ballet flats aren’t just a summer thing—far from it. Sure, this shoe popped off on spring/summer 2022 runway collections, but it’s a trend that’s going to be just as relevant for fall. Nothing proves ballerina falts will still be stylish come fall like this outfit. Simply taking the style and pairing it with a maxi dress (in knit or cotton) and cardigan proves the longevity of this shoe style.

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Transitional weather won’t have anything on you, thanks to this dress.

Oversize Sunglasses + Button-Down + Bicycle Shorts + Ballet Flats
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@maria_bernad

You know that cozy outfit you throw on before heading out for weekend errands? If you want a simple way to make it a bit more stylish, you’ll want to copy and paste the look above into your closet ASAP. 

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The sunglasses paired with the ballet flats are what will truly elevate your weekend look.

Matching your sunglasses to your flats? I'm about it. 

Matching Suit + Silk Top + Ballet Flats
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@_marisamartins_

Ease is the name of the game when it comes to these shoes, so don’t be afraid to use the cozy nature of the flats to make any outfit more comfortable—including your go-to suit. Just when you thought every office-friendly look had to be stuffy, this shoe is here to save the day.

Slip Dress + Ballet Flats
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@sabinasocol

Prefer straightforward styling? Then look no further than the outfit above as guidance. There’s truly nothing chicer than pairing a cute slip dress with ballet flats for the perfect outfit.

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Imagine this dress styled with little ballet flats.

IDK what I love more about these flats—the red hue or the tabi toes.

Cardigan + Trousers + Ballet Flats
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@tamaramory

Need proof of another way you can wear this shoe well into the fall? See the outfit above. Simply style the shoes with tailored trousers and a cardigan for an outfit that’s still hot (even if the weather is cooler).

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Blazer + T-Shirt Dress + Ballet Flats
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@annelauremais

Hopefully, by now, you’ve concluded that ballet flats are one of the best shoe trends to adopt right now. Ballerina flats can not only work with everything from suits to dresses to a casual T-shirt and blazer (like above), but since they come in so many fun iterations, they're also the most versatile shoes you can invest in.

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I mean, how could you not love these Mary Janes?

A blazer that is just as classic as ballet flats.