Two Stylists, Two Looks: Metallic Ballet Flats


My friend and fellow stylist Carly Gatzlaff and I have extremely similar business models for consulting with clients, but we also have very different personal styles. Naturally, we put our own preferences aside when working with clients and focus on their tastes and needs, but we definitely bring different ideas and techniques to the table. So we thought it would be fun and interesting for us both to take items from our personal wishlists, style them into outfits, then post them side by side.

And since the two of us are collaborating on a workshop – How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe – this series will focus on footwear. During the workshop we’ll discuss footwear trends, talk about how to pick shoes for your outfits, and reveal each of our top 10 picks for timeless shoe styles. Today, we’ll look at one of my top ten – metallic ballet flats!

Carly’s Look



Details on Carly’s set here

CARLY’S THOUGHTS: A metallic flat is a must-have for every women. They are comfortable, sleek, and simply match with everything! Whenever I am styling flats for clients, I try to keep the lower half or their outfit more tubular. For example cigarette leg pants, straight and pencil skirts ending above the knee, and dresses that are straight and do not flare out. For my look, I wanted to create a tailored outfit to help dress up the flat ever more. A fitted top and blazer give a more formal look, while the slightly distressed denim still reads fun. To transition the look for work, try swapping the denim for a navy slim ankle pant!

Sally’s Look

bronze flats

Details on Sally’s set here

SALLY’S THOUGHTS: Although I find that metallic flats and sandals of just about any shade are incredibly versatile, bronze has been my go-to this summer. I wear my bronze flats with EVERYTHING, so I opted for a similar pair. They’d look marvelous with a neutral mix, but also add some zest to this colorful outfit featuring a turquoise floral dress and denim jacket. Black would look too stark with this frock and although you could pull out the pink or yellow with your footwear that might feel a bit matchy. The bronze is warm and subtle, and slightly more unexpected than tan or cognac. That said, a tan leather bag, tortoiseshell shades, and a couple of brass-toned bracelets unite the look with their earthy tones. This outfit would be great for weekend errands, a backyard party, or casual night out.

Definitely some overlap with these looks, but they’re quite different, too! Which one suits your taste? Or would you wear both?

Join us for our workshop,
How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe!

August 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mall of America Executive Center, Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4
Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance

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5 Responses to “Two Stylists, Two Looks: Metallic Ballet Flats”

  1. lindaloui232

    I love both of these outfits and I would wear both looks.

  2. ballewal

    I like everything but the pants in Carly’s look. I hate distressed denim and skinny jeans don’t fit me well. I do love the accessories.

    I love the base pieces from your look, Sally, but the accessories are not my style.

  3. Mary Carr Buxbaum

    I’m with you on the bronze metallic! My feet are too fussy to be comfortable in flats, but I have been getting a lot of wear out of my bronze metallic gladiator sandals with 2″ wedge heel. Extremely versatile!

  4. Ginger

    I prefer the pink earrings with metallic flats.
    We once went to Miami Beach to visit an elderly relative and when we went to dinner we were surrounded by women of a similar age in with full sets of of metallic accessories. Since then I’ve come to think of outfits with all metallic accessories as the “Miami Beach” look.

    I find metallic shoes to be true workhorses in my shoe inventory, but I make a point to go easy on any other metals when I wear them.

  5. Stephanie Ganger

    Some great inspiration for how to switch up accessories.