Truth be told, I don't put a lot of thought into choosing outfits that will make me look younger on a day-to-day basis. I've naturally amassed a handful of outfits that I wear on repeat, and I gravitate toward the pieces that they're comprised of when I shop, as you probably have as well. But those outfits do change from time to time, especially as my age changes. For example (and this is just my personal experience), after turning 30, I started to feel that wearing a minidress with the high heels I used to wear in my 20s made me look like I was trying too hard. Sure, if I had to pose on a red carpet (which I don't), I may feel otherwise, but just to go out for drinks or to a dinner party, it didn't feel right anymore for me. That said, I've since discovered a minidress trick that takes years off my look.
Since I'm certainly not anywhere near ready to ditch my minidresses (most of which I've acquired from Reformation, Zara, and Réalisation), I simply started pairing them with flat shoes. Whether in the form of loafers, sneakers, ballet flats, ankle boots, or sandals (I don't discriminate), flat shoes give my look a gamine quality that I never got when I paired short dresses with heels. I even quite often wear the simple non-aging look for nights out and in the winter (with the addition of black tights). Oh, and it goes without saying, the dress-and-shoe combination I now swear by is infinitely more comfortable than a minidress and heels.
Read on to see the outfit in action on the fashion crowd, and shop minidresses and flats that I'm currently coveting.
Olivia Palermo's feminine white loafers are the perfect partner for her white mini.
A short dress feels a little more modest with ballet flats.
This Réalisation dress and simple sandals equal the ideal vacation outfit.
Want to have fun with it? Match your sneakers to your minidress.
Masculine brogues make a minidress feel even chicer.
Palermo is also a fan of the mini-plus-brogues look.
High-top sneakers lend a cool '90s grunge feel.
This is about as preppy as I get.
I can't think of a pair of flats this wouldn't look good with.
This dress makes me happy, and therefore I need it.
This with a pair of white sneakers is what I want to wear every summer weekend.
Alexa Chung would definitely pair this with ballet flats.
This can easily be dressed up or down, depending on how fancy your flats are.
The faintest gold sheen makes this mini feel particularly special.
Some of my favorite dresses ever happen to be from Madewell.
Call me biased, but these are the perfect late-summer sandals.
I definitely plan on adding more animal print to my shoe collection for fall.
Vans teamed up with directional brand Alyx, and the results are so good.
Gucci loafers with minidresses is one of my current favorite pairings.
I'd pair these with a black dress to let them take center stage.
Good luck not staring at your feet all day in these fun slides.
Olivia Palermo is also a fan of pairing brogues with minidresses.
These will add a hint of edge to even your sweetest dresses.
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