Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few months, you'll have noticed Flatforms springing up in high street shops, fashion magazines and being sported by bloggers and fashionista's alike. The Flatform is an amalgam of a platform and a flat shoe – mixed together to create a flat platform (Flatform – clever, huh?) Whilst these were exhibited last year a la Cher Lloyd, the trend has bounced back for another successful season. From brogue styles to Creepers and girly sandal styles, the Flatform can be styled in a number of ways for a range of looks.
For a casual, daytime look, copy Rihanna with a pair of brogue Flatforms such as Brogue Lace Up Flatform Creepers from Runway Shoes (£25.99) or New Look's Black Lace Up Brogue Creepers (£19.99). Perfect teamed with skinnys and a tee, leggings and an oversized knit or a day dress for a dressed down look. Whilst the Creeper styles aren't to all tastes, the brogue styles give a masculine yet chic edge and can be smartened up by pairing with a blazer and tailored trousers or cropped chinos. The Flatform is ideal for everyday use as it gives some height without the effort and pain of high heels, and without the overdressed look of platforms or wedges.
Flatforms can be a little more feminine with a strappy sandal style a la Jessica Alba. ASOS have a huge range of Flatforms, so if it's girly glam you're after opt for summery styles and pretty prints – such as the Viper Flatform High Sandals (£35), which have a cute peep toe and a floral printed sole. These are quite versatile and can be worn for daytime or night-time – pair with your favourite LBD and plenty of accessories for an evening look. Alternatively wear with pastels or dipped hem skirts and dresses for a summery, playful vibe. The ASOS Violet Flatforms with Bow are not only fun and feminine with their polka dot print and bow detailing, but are a low Flatform and are on offer for a bargain of £10! Team with summer dresses, this seasons pleats or dark skinnys for a variety of looks. (Note – for a vintage look team with a pretty tea dress and bright red nails!)
Finally, if you're a fan of the Flatform trend, look out for trainer styles for a playful, daytime look, such as River Island's Pink Floral Flatform Plimsolls (£20) – ideal for the typical warm-but-wet British summer! Pair with high waisted denim shorts, pleated skirts, cropped sweatshirts or disco pants for a variety of fun, girlish outfits.