I Thought I Hated Flip-Flops, But These Looks Have Changed My Mind

Maxine Eggenberger

Okay, "hate" is a strong word. Basically, I'd never have considered wearing flip-flops anywhere but the beach, but even there, they wouldn't serve as my favourite footwear option. There's always espadrilles, after all. That said, I like to think I'm sartorially open-minded, so when I started to spot influencers wearing flip-flops on home soil, I reserved my judgement.

Flip-flops? In Britain? In March? I, too, was surprised at the number of flip-flops that started to take over my feed—I have The Row to thank for that. But given that they're largely being worn indoors and accompanied by jeans, my interest was piqued. Never before had I considered wearing flip-flops with anything other than a sarong. This was a game-changer, and now, I'm a flip-flop convert. And I think you're about to be, too.

Below you'll find eight excellent examples of how to wear flip-flops, courtesy of some of my favourite influencers. Keep scrolling to see them, then shop the pieces you need to re-create the ensembles for yourself.

Lucy adds a playful touch to her jeans and flip-flops with the addition of a bright cropped cardigan and yellow bag. 

& Other Stories Wool Blend Cardigan (£85)

Prada Nylon and Saffiano Leather Mini Bag (£585)

Levi's 501 Jeans (£95)

The Row Ginza Leather Platform Flip Flops (£725)

You might think it's too formal, but wearing flip-flops with sharp suiting is about as cool an outfit as you can get (as evidenced by Monikh). 

Proenza Schouler Draped Wool-Blend Blazer (£1500)

H&M Ribbed Vest Top (£6)

Proenza Schouler Belted Wool Trousers (£715)

Neous Lanke Leather Flip Flops (£305)

Minimalists don't need to look any further—Pernille's combination of flip-flops, dark jeans and a silk blouse is pared-back perfection. 

Arket Slim Silk Shirt (£79)

Laura Lombardi Franca Gold-Plated Necklace (£160)

COS Straight-Leg Organic Cotton Jeans (£69)

Havianas Top Flip Flops in Black (£18)

The colour palette Alyssa has created with the burgundy dress, beige bag and tan heeled flip-flops is too beautiful not to replicate. 

Zeynep Arcay Belted Leather Midi Dress (£1760)

ASOS Ruched Oversized Clutch Bag (£22)

Zara Leather Square Toe Sandals (£60)

You needn't overthink your flip-flop outfits all of the time. Queen of off-duty dressing, Stacey Dooley, proves they look just as sleek paired with jeans and a chunky knit. 

Reformation Tatum Ribbed Alpaca-Blend Sweater (£235)

Daphine Moune Bangles (£75)

Topshop Bleach Premium Mom Tapered Jeans (£45)

Dear Frances Leather Sandals (£340)

Wearing shades of cream and white from top-to-toe will never fail to impress us, and this look from Deb is no exception. 

Monki Racerback Vest Top (£8)

Topshop Stone Wide Leg Utility Trousers (£39)

Who What Wear Siena Kitten-Heel Leather Sandals (£76)

Ellie demonstrates just how good flip-flops can also look after dark. A pair of kitten heels with a metallic gold finish help. 

Thomas Sabo Large Classic Hoop Earrings (£179)

Stine Goya Reflection Dress (£460)

Gianvito Rossi Calypso 70 Metallic Leather Sandals (£455)

If in doubt, you can always rely on an oversize blazer, grown-up shoulder bag, and classic denim to elevate the humble flip-flops. 

& Other Stories Wool Blend Oversized Blazer (£165)

Bottega Veneta Leather BV Angle Shoulder Bag (£2370)

Agolde Jamie Blue Slim-Leg Jeans (£220)

Tkees Lily Matte-Leather Flip Flops (£50)

Next, four sandal styles that are already trending in 2020.

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