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I’ve never once taken a ballet class, nor do I find myself describing my style as anything near graceful or dainty. CHUCKLE. Just thinking of those words up next to me and my wardrobe is humorous.
Nevertheless, I recently found myself falling in love with a pair of ballet-esque flats.
And my favorite way of styling these flats? Slipping them on with a dramatic pair of jeans.
Pink Ballet Flats Add A Flirty, Feminine Touch To Wide-Leg Jeans
The juxtaposition of a wide, drapey pair of jeans falling softly over thin, minimal shoes makes me swoon.
It’s an easy way to incorporate the looser styles of jeans we’re seeing more and more of without having the jeans fight other aspects of your outfit, overwhelming the look all together (although if you know me, I also adore an oversized, overwhelming outfit).
Whether pulling on high-waisted, structured palazzo jeans or rocking low-rise, slouchy pants, ballet flats can add a flirty, feminine touch to any style of loose denim. And it’s actually really fun to wear.
I still remember the first pair of ballet flats I owned (which is saying something, considering my memory is actually pretty terrible).
I was just entering my teenage years, and my family went to a big, sparkly fashion mall on vacation. I don’t remember how I first came to want ballet flats, or even how I wore them, but I do remember picking out a perfect pair of black, buttery leather flats from Steve Madden that, in the following years, would be my most favorite item in my closet.
I mean, I wore those babies into the ground.
I haven’t thought about wearing ballet flats since I retired that first pair, and even when “balletcore” advertising began filling my inbox late last year, I didn’t bat an eye. It wasn’t until I saw these bubblegum-pink flats by Camper that are *just* the ticket to put a pep back in my wintertime step.
The bonus? These shoes are actually a convertible style, with a smart seam built into the back that can be pushed down to transform the shoes into slip-on flats. It’s truly brilliant.
Find Your Perfect Pair Of Ballet Flats
Just Add Loose Jeans: Making Ballet Flats Cool Again
As a tall-ish human (measuring just a tick under 5’10”), MOTHER Denim is a great source of jeans for long legs, and The Enchanter Heel Wide-Leg Jeans are no exception. When in doubt, you can look for the word “heel” in the name of MOTHER’s jeans, and those pairs will typically have around a 34-inch inseam.
My goal is to have a pair of jeans hover just over the ballet flats, or even lightly pool around it for more of a streetwear vibe.
Fit Notes: Even with a wide-leg silhouette, MOTHER somehow figures out how to always flatter the booty too. I’m wearing my true size (28), and they’re a perfect fit.
Keeping the top half extra-simple allows for my outfit to really highlight the wide-leg jeans + ballet flats combo.
Nordstrom’s boyfriend blazer is a fantastic wardrobe stable (and has a few color options that are extremely fun). The blazer is straight through the waist but otherwise true to size on someone like me with broad shoulders.
Fit Notes: I’m wearing a medium in the blazer, and it’s just right, but I would size up to a large if I wanted it a bit more loose and drapey.
Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! Your blazer was a delightful surprise and fits as though it was tailored for me, and I cannot stop scrolling your fantastic shoe selection right now. And thank you to our readers — you guys are the reason we’re here doing this, and we appreciate your support so much.
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