Budget Stylista: It's All About the Flats

I’m making the official declaration: Flats are THE shoe of April.
It’s still too cold for sandals and wedges (especially this April where Detroit witnessed a 4-inch snow storm on April 18th! WTF, Mother Nature?!), but we shudder at the thought of having to tuck our calves into our boots for the 1,478th day in a row. Flats are the perfect in-betweener. They keep things polished but still keep your toes warm.
And this spring, there is so much fun to be had with the official shoe of the month. So many bright colors, fun prints, bold sparkles; there is no reason to stick to a basic black. As far as flats go this season, even if your head screams, “wow that is one loud shoe,” you can wear it as a neutral. (Same goes for bags!)
You can mix bold colors in a cute way by pairing a bold yellow flat with jeans and a bright orangey-red sweater. Prints that seem to go with nothing (leopard print, anyone?) suddenly go with everything. I never thought I’d say this, but leopard is the new black!
Nervous? Don’t be! Shoes are also the best baby step to take when you’re trying to get outside your comfort zone. Are you the type of chick who usually wears all black and would never dare to buy a bright sweater? Try a bright flat to lean into it! Are you loving the sequins but feel like you couldn’t pull off a sequined dress? Try the sequined flat instead.
So until the weather lets you really play with your wardrobe, use these next few weeks to play with your flat footwear. Here are 9 killer pairs, perfect for all occasions, to get you started.

Top Row: Scrunched ballet flats – Forever 21, $16.80; Striped flower flat – Delia’s, $44.50; Sequin flat – Steve Madden, $49.95.
Middle Row: Linen bow flat – Urban Outfitters, $39; Open-toed flats – Old Navy, $19.99; Woven Flat – Delia’s, $49.50.
Bottom Row: Yellow bow flat – Target, $17.99; Leopard Flats – Gap, $49.95; Blue wrap flat – Charlotte Russe, $19.50.

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