Fashionable Fact: The Ballet Flat



How many of you consider ballet flats your go-to shoe?

Like most things in fashion, the ballet flat is a style recycled from centuries past. The ballet flat dates all the way back to the 16th century. In fact, did you know that flats were revived after Marie Antoinette walked to the guillotine in a pair of heels? If heels led to the guillotine, let them wear flats! Like all trends, ballet flats came and went. In the late 1950s, they returned to the scene after Audrey Hepburn donned a pair of ballet flats with skinny jeans in the film, “Funny Face.” More recently, ballet flats made a renaissance when designers like Lanvin and Tory Burch rolled out flashier versions of the style. Shortly thereafter, the trend spread like a wildfire… and the rest is history (literally)!

Now, the ballet flat is truly a fashion classic. Some even consider it a mandatory wardrobe staple. To me, they’re the epitome of Parisian chic. I love ballet flats because they can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Plus, what girl doesn’t want an excuse to skip the heels for a day?

So tell me, do you have any interesting Fashionable Facts?

XO Lauren

P.S. I designed a pair of ballet flats for my LC Lauren Conrad line for Kohl’s that are perfect for summer and back to school. Click here to check them out.

Source: wiki, marthaflattery, huffpo
Illustration: Caitlin Shearer