Shelly Vella: Yes, you can wear flats with everything

One thing we’ve all learnt over the past year is that comfort is key. And when it comes to dressing an outfit up or down, the right pair of flat shoes will deliver just that. Loafers add polish to a pair of jeans, ballet flats ensure dressed-up looks just that, while sliders bring a modern edge to tailoring.

Elevate the elegance

Victoria Adamson

A full skirt and ballet flats make a pretty pair. It needn’t be heels that make a look feel going-out ready. Pretty flats in fresh fabrics keep feet sweet.

spotted skirt

Skirt, £175, LK BennettOasis top

Top, £45, Oasis


Sunglasses, £105, Guess

red handbag

Bag, £90, Zatchels

red headband

Headband, £9, Accessorize

ballet pumps

Shoes, £169, Pretty Ballerinas

Do smart with a twist

Victoria Adamson

Buckles and a suit make sliders sleek. Plus, pastel tailoring is a key trend for spring. Give the look edge by teaming with sliders in a contrasting colour.

Zara blazer

Blazer, £59.99, Zara

Zara trousers

Trousers, £29.99, Zara

polo neck

Jumper, £21.99, Vero Moda,


Bag, £119, Mint Velvet


Sliders, £45, Kin, John Lewis

Gucci sunglasses

Sunglasses, £280, Gucci

Keep it classic

Victoria Adamson

Cropped jeans up their game with loafers. Two-tone, tasselled or with the classic ‘snaffle’ decoration, the loafer remains a key wardrobe staple. Great with everything from jeans to tailoring.


Coat, £139.99, Reserved


Camisole, £90, Jigsaw


Necklace, £100, Alexandra Hakim


Loafers, £85, Dune


Jeans, £75, John Lewis


Belt, £129, Claudie Pierlot