Desert Island Dressing: Flatforms

Sarah Gaffney-Lang wearing M&S white flatforms

Statement flatforms call for a statement background.

You might (c’mon should) remember the first in my desert island dressing series which was all about the black biker jacket. Well, here’s the much awaited second in the series. We are talking flatforms.

OK, I am aware that I’m writing this in the midst of a heatwave. When you are all wearing sandals, but hear me out. Because last time, we established that this series would focus on classic pieces. Our friend is longevity. Why should you get onboard with flatforms? Well, your feet will thank you, that’s for sure. Flatforms are comfy AF, and we like that.

And, they’re versatile and, chic, do you want me to go on?

I should also be clear about the fact that actually, my love for flatforms stems from me finding a flatform muse. The queen of the cropped trouser and layered Gillet – often found on morning telly, giving ladies a good tszuj up… yep. I’m talking about no other than Trinny Woodall.

You remember her? One half of the Trinny and Susannah duo from yesteryear? Let’s be frank – Trinny might just be more Marmite than Marmite. There is really no getting away from it.

Where do I stand? Well, I like her energy, but wish she’d fess up about the boob job.

She dresses well, and the vlogs she does from her London bathroom (don’t be alarmed, it’s just product testing, beauty regimes and make-up, we’re not talking toilet time!!) are fast becoming a guilty pleasure.

In recent years, Trinny has garnered a strong following on social media, amassed through a combination of vlogging, and also, doing live try-ons from the shop floor of Zara (and sometimes H&M) – you’ll want all the things, but aside from that, it’s quite amusing when she is asked to stop filming and sternly instructed to leave.

After putting in the time to build this massive social media presence, Trinny has successfully reinvented herself as an important fixture on the beauty scene. In late 2017, Trinny launched her own makeup line (Trinny London). It is the stuff of marketing dreams – the premise is that you can wave goodbye to your makeup bag because it’s all about the stack.

The stack fits nicely in your handbag. So far, it appears to have received rave reviews. I won’t talk about it here… as I am yet to try it for myself (sidenote: if anyone can fix me up with a trial that would be amazing – thanks).

Anyway, back to the flatform.

At the moment, it’s my go-to shoe. Quite the statement – I know.

What is a flatform when it’s at home? Well, I would describe flatforms as a cross between a brogue and a creeper. They provide a bit of height whilst feeling flat – always a winner and perfect for fellow shorties!!

If you’re just starting out with the flatform you can go in low, and then work your way up to the more substantial heights. After all, it’s nice to have options and as you will see in the beauties I’ve linked below – there is loads of choice.

Flatforms look great with cropped trousers, dresses and midi-skirts. I’ve been styling my white M&S baes with pop-socks, adding a preppy a twist to what might otherwise be a bit of a serious shoe (let’s pretend that is a thing).

Happy shopping!!

What should be next in the series?

Sar x

The best flatforms right now

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