The 2023 Way to Style Ballet Flats

Stepping out in ballet flats was one of the biggest trends in 2022, and it’s showing no signs of dying down in the new year. This is not surprising since Y2K nostalgia is having a major fashion moment, and ballet flats were everywhere in the early 2000s.

Still, just like low-rise jeans and other old-is-new-again trends, today’s fashionistas are putting a modern twist on their ballet flat styling. Tieks play an important part in freshening up this nostalgic shoe choice. Tieks have leveled up classic ballet-flat design with their use of butter-soft Italian leather, a range of colorways and finishes, and teal-colored soles, which make them the Louboutin of the ballet-flat world. So now it’s time to style them in ways that make them even more “2023” in their overall impression.

Dressing Up Denim with Tieks

Ballet flats are one of those shoe shapes that can be dressed up or down effortlessly. But, regardless of the dress code, they are a decidedly feminine wardrobe staple because they offer a great visual contrast to the harder construction of denim pieces. In 2023, keep lines clean and close to the body by wearing Tieks with structured straight-leg or skinny jeans, not wide-leg or boyfriend styles. A pair of flare denim jeans are fine, as long as the jeans’ natural hemline falls just above the midfoot – leaving the shoe on full display.

Try Tieks with This Year’s Mini Skirt Trend

Unexpected pairings are important to keeping this year’s love affair with ballet flats fresh. For some designers, that meant adding straps or studs to their ballet flats. To take the classic design to the next level, try pairing Tieks with one of this year’s oh-so-popular mini-skirts –  add tights if the weather is cold. Better yet, go for a really unexpected pairing like a cocktail dress and ballet flats.

Tieks and Shorts? Yes, Please

On the streetwear scene this year: Models like Kendall Jenner are making us believe that micro-mini shorts are acceptable outerwear choices. A great way to balance out that ultra-edgy impression is by adding sweet and simple ballet flats and opaque tights to the mix. Try a pair of neon Tieks with an otherwise all-black palette for a pop of color that still works with the sleek outfit.

Wear with Anything, But Add Socks

Instead of wearing Tieks with tights or bare feet, go for the unexpected by styling them with socks. Choose thick knee socks and scrunch them down to create the impression of leg warmers. Just don’t go for ankle socks—that combination will read too youthful.

Mixing Trends: Metallic Flats, Anyone?

Another big style trend for 2023 is metallic anything. Choosing this as a shoe color palette will toughen up the sweetness of a ballet flat for those who avoid traditional feminine fashion. Go out and grab a pair of metallic Tieks—they have bronze, gold, and pewter options—and add to any of the outfit suggestions above. Then, get ready to strut into this year in style. And comfort.

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