The best women's dressy flats to see you through the summer season in style

We round up the best dressy flats to wear this summer for every type of occasion

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The best dressy flats for women are the perfect antidote to  uncomfortable heels this summer. Just as wearable with occasionwear as high heels, but with the added bonus of keeping your feet on the ground, designers have realized there is no need to choose style or comfort, with dressy flat shoes you can have both. 

For many years, comfortable flats were seen as a jarring style choice. But particularly in a post-lockdown world, we're seeing a strong push towards fashion that makes you feel good and at ease. While high heels have long been considered the natural partner with occasionwear, when it comes to this year's shoe trends, and even the trainer trends 2024, dressy flats are very much on the agenda. 

Whether you've opted for one of the best wedding guest dresses, or a more tailored aesthetic, there is a comfortable occasionwear flat to suit your need. From sparkly and strappy, to bow fronted designs, there is no longer a need to suffer for style and we've rounded up 12 of our favorites that will help you put your best foot forward this summer. 

12 dressy flats that are perfect for occasionwear outfits 

Stylish and comfortable dressy flats will help you really enjoy a big day. With some much pressure around what to wear to a wedding, or big event, many people assume that traditional high heels are the only suitable footwear pairing for a dress. The market for stylish flats has boomed in recent years and while you have to be thoughtful about the silhouette of your shoe choice, you can forgo heels and still look party perfect. 

Rivkie Baum
Fashion channel editor

Rivkie is a fashion editor, writer and stylist with twenty years' experience in the industry. Rivkie studied design and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion, and fell in love with styling and journalism, and has covered fashion weeks in London, Paris and New York, as well as shooting editorial all over the world.

Specialising in plus size fashion, Rivkie has long championed that style is for everyBODY and has appeared on a host of radio stations and television shows, pushing for greater representation for plus size women and fashion throughout her career.