The holiday season is here again and despite it looking different from last year, it’s still not as it once was. First, despite the fact that we’ve all grown weary of the Coronavirus and all it entails, the Omicron Variant has forced us all to heighten our vigilance… again. But even if Omicron wasn’t the worst party crasher, we’ve become different people. We’ve grown accustomed to comfort, we’re celebrating in smaller ways, and, let’s face it, we’re all just emotionally, mentally, and physically tired. In some respects, it feels great to be able to be around people again, to experience less isolation than we did a year ago, and to actually have a reason to dress, but many of us have given up teetering around in heels for more comfortable shoes and don’t feel as obligated to jostle ourselves into shapewear that limits our breathing.
Have you ever taken a yoga or workout class where the instructor offers modifications that will offer you safe exercise alternatives for your fitness level and will yield similar results? That’s what this holiday season is like. We’re not entirely back where we once were, but with some modifications, we can come close. And seeing that heels have become such a memory to so many of us, today’s post is all about flats you can wear to all different types of holiday celebrations be they grand or on the more intimate side.
HOLIDAY FLATS: FLAT SHOES FOR COMFORTABLE CELEBRATIONS
I have put together five different looks using holiday flats with a celebratory look and be sure to check out more styles at the end of this post.
For a more formal holiday party that requires cocktail attire, I selected this festive pair of navy suede flats with a decorative bow from Boden that I styled with a navy velvet dress from Black Halo and a navy shrug from Hobbs. I finished the look with statement chandelier earrings from Kenneth Jay Lane and a magenta suede evening clutch. When switching to flats when wearing a dress or skirt, you may have to hem the length to get the proportion right.
For something fancy, festive but a little more elegantly laid-back, I styled these deep green pom-pom flats from Tory Burch with a pair of silk printed pajama-style pants from Momoni, an ivory shell from M.M. Lafleur, and a deep teal cashmere cardigan from Club Monaco. I finished the look with a green evening clutch and Chrysoprase & Enamel Pleated Fan Pendant Necklace from Alexis Bittar.
These gold loafer flats can easily have a life beyond the holidays but in this look, they finish this comfortable look festively. It’s a great outfit for when you have to dress but can’t fathom putting on a dress. The burgundy velvet jumpsuit is from The Fold and I styled it with a gold love knot necklace from Brinker & Eliza and a gold clutch from Olga Berg.
Conceptually, I love winter white but often get stumped by the shoes. These knit loafer flats from Bernie Mev work perfectly and pull in camel which works beautifully with winter white to create this elegant, easy look. For a more intimate soirée, a look like this would be lovely for visiting someone’s home for a party, a holiday dinner out, or an easy event. The winter white pants and sweater are both from Reiss and I finished the look with geometric drop earrings from Sunshine Tienda and a camel bag from House of Want.
For the casual gathering where you don’t need to dress up but want to punch up your look with some festive details, I styled these burgundy velvet loafers from J.Crew with basic pleated pants from COS, a grey sequin cardigan from ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo, and a charcoal silk camisole from Alice + Olivia. The look is finished with a silver skinny belt, a silver necklace from Gabi Rielle, and drop earrings from Kendra Scott.