They're fantastic, especially the styles embellished with beads, sequins, and other glamorous stuff. You do have to watch your proportions: Full skirts of any length are fine with flats; so are dressy cigarette pants (very Mad Men). But wide-leg trousers or pencil skirts look dumpy with them unless you're exceptionally tall. You can always start the party in heels—and take along flats for dancing.

Party flatsParties are more fun if your feet are happy. Chic options:

From top: Sequined flats; Ann Taylor, $89; Silk satin with feathers; Tibi, $374; Teeny heels; Oscar de la Renta, $680; Glittery sandals; Jimmy Choo, $1,250
Photos: Ben Goldstein/Studio D; Oscar de la Renta shoe: Gregor Halenda; Styling: Brenda Barr for Mark Edward, Inc; Marissa Gimeo for Halley Resources


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