We are always asked, “Is it okay to wear flats to the office?” The answer is always, of course you can. Surprisingly, though, I had a call with a potential client a few months back who wanted us to help her company revise and give guidelines around their dress code. The woman I was speaking to was about my age, and was insistent that all the women in the office be required to wear heels.
Aside from the potential legal and HR red flags her requirement raised, I hate (HATE) going into a company to push one person’s agenda, especially when I disagree with it. I just imagined how receptive the audience would have been. I ended up never even sending a proposal because it’s not the 1950s and I’m getting clear on only saying yes to projects that excite me.
It did bring up the idea that while flats are appropriate, some flats are better than others for the workplace. The easiest way to tell if your flats are too casual, take a look at the toe. Is it rounded? Then it’s likely more of a weekend flat rather than a flat to wear to work. To make your work outfit elegant, keep the toe of your flat pointed, or almond shaped. A pointed toe elongates your legs and helps you look more pulled together. A rounded toe abruptly stops the line of your leg, making you look potentially frumpy.
I love a flat. I’m already tall at 5’10, so I often tower over my friends and colleagues. Even at my age, I go right back to my awkward high school years. Plus, I simply can’t manage in anything higher than 2″ at this phase of life.
To make it easy, we listed the best flats to wear to work. Some are basic; others have a little something special to them. For the cold weather, avoid cut outs or a shoe shape that exposes too much of the foot. Look for suede and different textures (like snake skin) to add some additional dimension and help balance the weight of your cold weather pieces. Flats, especially in a more casual office, are a great opportunity to add some interest and personality. This time of year is an ideal time to pick up a pair or two, since most people are buying boots, many of these are on great sale.
1. Ralph Lauren Rina Suede Flat; 2. Nine West Women’s Saxiphone Suede Ballet Flat; 3. kate spade new york Women’s Enna Too Flat; 4. Belle by Sigerson Morrison Women’s Valeda Ballet Flat; 5. 14th & Union Alexis Flat; 6. Stuart Weitzman Hexus Flat; 7. Aldo Prilli Flat; 8. Nine West Shindig d’Orsay Flat; 9. Ivanka Trump Women’s Cherry Flat