After attending multiple fashion weeks, I noticed a commonality among the women who looked like they hadn’t tried very hard: They were wearing dresses. That’s not to say you can’t look effortless in a look with pants, shorts, or a skirt, but there’s something about wearing just one article of clothing that radiates nonchalance. Jumpsuits share a similar trait. You can make a dress work with just about any pair of shoes under the sun, but if you pair flats with said dress, that’s a sure bet for an easy look. Comfort and minimal time in front of your bedroom mirror? That’s a pairing I can get behind. And before you say that flats and dresses are best left for those bestowed with model-like height, I made sure to include examples from women of all statures. As someone who is 5’4”, I definitely consider it as well! With that said, scroll down for the flats-and-dress outfits worth re-creating, handily split up between different types of low-to-the-ground footwear.
Flat sandals and dresses are a match made in late summer heaven. The style set has been favorite barely there iterations of the flats as of late.
Ah, the perennial fashion-girl favorite. There's a reason many reach for sneakers to pair with their dresses: They add a streetwear edge to balance out the sweet feel of a dress.
From loafers, mules, and ballet flats, oh my! Any of these flat-shoe varieties will look smashing with your favorite dress.
Next to sneakers, boots are the flats of choice to toughen up your dress. The queen-bee style of the season? Cowboy boots, of course.
This is not a drill: Flip-flops are back in a big way. The key brand to buy into? None other than Havianas.
Next up: the 15 best shoes for walking all day.