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Sometimes your feet just need a break (blister sticks and Band-Aids can only do so much). But when you’re headed to the office, it can feel a bit unnatural to leave the heels behind. Here are six outfits that prove flats can be just as chic as heels—just without all the fuss.

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Printed Pants + Layered Blouse + Ankle-Strap Flats

Don’t tuck away your summer flats just yet, because white accessories are ripe for fall. Get a few extra miles out of them by rocking them with straight-leg pants and layers up top for warmth.

Get the look: Everlane collarless oxford shirt ($65); Scotch & Soda tailored pants ($148); Banana Republic shell ($58); Shoes of Prey d’Orsay flats ($169)

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Monochromatic Suit + Patterned Flats

We all know by now that head-to-toe red is the standout look this fall. And while we love thebold hue, fire-engine red might be a bit much for the office. Opt for a muted version, like burgundy, for an updated take on classic work-wear suiting. Finish off your look with a pair of printed flats for a hint of contrast. 

Get the look: White House Black Market blazer ($160); White House Black Market pants ($89); White House Black Market wide-lace cami ($40); White House Black Market embroidered suede slides ($115)

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Turtleneck + Layered Coats + Red Pointed-Toe Flats

What’s black, white and red all over? Your new meeting look. Another way to wear red is concentrated in your accessories (they make a powerful color pop against a black outfit). Finish off the look with a crisp white overcoat atop a leather jacket. The key here is to make sure the jacket hits around your hips and the overcoat comes close to your knees.

Get the look: Mango overcoat ($250); Blank Denim moto jacket ($368); Madewell turtleneck ($32); Totême straight-leg pants ($270); Ann Taylor suede flats ($118)

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Bell-Sleeve Shirt + Wrap Skirt + Loafers

Listen up, pencil-skirt devotees: It’s all about the wrap skirt now. For an office look that’s both sophisticated and fun, tuck in a bell-sleeve blouse (stripes are always a nice choice) and slip your feet into a pair of loafers.

Get the look: Milly striped bell-sleeve blouse ($275); Club Monaco wrap skirt ($180); Sole Society pointed-toe loafers ($90)

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Striped Sweater + Skinnies + Slingbacks

Your striped sweater is practically your second skin in the fall. Play it up with a sleek pair of skinnies and fancy-looking flats for an elevated look (we suggest on-trend slingbacks).  

Get the look: Tory Burch pullover ($348); Tibi cropped cigarette pants ($365); J.Crew slingback flats ($128)

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Button-Down + Blazer + Brogues

Androgyny at its finest. Take a page from the boys and slip into a pair of brown leather brogues and straight-leg pants. Finish with a crisp button-down and a maroon blazer for a perfect office look without even a notion of a heel (your feet will thank you).

Get the look: Zara coat ($249); Lafayette 148 straight-leg pants ($298); Lauren Ralph Lauren button-down shirt ($70); Church’s brogues ($535); Mural oversize blazer ($79)

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