Alexa and Kendall Just Wore the Trouser-and-Ballet-Flat Combo of 2023

The last time ballet flats were really and truly in fashion it was de riguer to wear them the skinniest of skin-tight jeans. This time around, things are looking very different—the complete opposite, in fact. Instead of drainpipe denim with pumps, we're looking at wide-leg trousers as being the partner of choice for fashion's best-dressed. 

Only on the weekend did Alexa Chung make that point (pointe?) incredibly clear when she stepped out for dinner in Knightsbridge, London wearing a pair of slouchy black tailored pants with a leather coat, fuzzy scarf and diamanté Prada bag alongside simple black ballet pumps. She was, of course, sensible enough to know that a pair of ballet flats in mid-December is a risky move, and added some red socks to keep warm. While the sock-and-flats pairing may still be experimental enough divide a crowd, I think we can all agree that combing these simple flats with a more casual trouser silhouette is a welcome revision ahead of 2023. The SS23 trend line-up features a lot of ballet pumps, and there are many ways to wear them, swishy long skirts and scrunched-down hoisiery being most common on the runways. 

So perhaps it's no great surprise to see that the formula has already taken off across the pond too. Earlier in the month, Kendall Jenner was spotted wearing a pair of loose-fitting black trousers with the elastic band-strapped flats from The Row—a pair that will undoubtedly become one of the It buys of the New Year from the trajectory we're already witnessing. They offered the perfect off-duty elegance to a simple baggy jumper-and-slacks outfit that I'm certain many will copy once the weather warms up a little.

Keep scrolling to see how Alexa and Kendall are wearing their ballet flats with wide-leg trousers, and 


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On Kendall Jenner: The Row Elastic Leather Flats (£690)


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On Alexa Chung: Prada bag

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Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.