InStyle's Hannah Rochell on the Perfect Flat Shoes for Denim

Hannah Rochell, Features Editor at InStyle magazine and founder of flat shoe blog EnBrogue.com, paid us a visit at Donna Ida Belgravia to show us how to pair the perfect pair of flats with the perfect pair of jeans. Here, Hannah guest blogs and shares her style advice with us:

ENBROGUE's HANNAH ROCHELL: 'When people first read my blog about flat shoes, they often assume I am tall and that’s the reason I avoid wearing heels. But the truth is, I’m only 5 foot 2 inches, and I wear flat shoes because I prefer them. I can’t walk in heels, they’re painful, and I just love the aesthetic that a flat shoe gives. But that does mean that I have to think about how I style up my clothes - particularly jeans - as a flat shoe isn’t always the most flattering option if the proportions of your outfit are wrong. Given that I don’t actually own any heels though, I have to make it work!

Hannah Rochell, Frame de Garcon boyfriend jeans in Berkley Square, Leon & Harper Meben Knit, Donna Ida, fashion Hannah wears Frame de Garcon boyfriend jeans in Berkley Square and Leon & Harper Meben Knit

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This is my fall back outfit - blue jeans with a turn-up, a loud jumper and statement Grenson shoes. You’ll see me dressed like this, or very similarly, on most days of the week until it is hot enough to swap the jeans for shorts and the jumper for a T-shirt. I like that this style is a slim boyfriend, as being less baggy means that they don’t swamp my frame.

Hannah Rochell, J Brand Aoki Boyfriend jeans in Terrace Stripe, 360 Sweater Sugar Daddy cashmere knit, Roseanna Pharrel Jacket, Donna Ida, fashion Hannah wears J Brand Aoki Boyfriend jeans in Terrace Stripe, 360 Sweater Sugar Daddy cashmere knit and Roseanna Pharrel Jacket

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I’ve recently discovered tailored jeans - somewhere between boyfriend jeans and trousers - and as they are usually cropped they are perfect for a shorty like me. I LOVE this pair by J Brand, with their mini pinstripes. I think they look great with my brand new monk shoes from a lovely British brand called Northern Cobbler.

Hannah Rochell, IDA Rizzo High Top Ankle Skinny jeans in corded lavender sherbert, Splendid top, Grey IRO Luiga Leather Jacket, Sophie Anderson Katia Clutch, Donna Ida, fashion Hannah wears IDA Rizzo High Top Ankle Skinny jeans in corded lavender sherbert, Splendid top, Grey IRO Luiga Leather Jacket and Sophie Anderson Katia Clutch

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I’m careful to buy boots that just sit on my ankle bone. Anything taller than that interfers too much with the hem of my jeans. These from Penelope Chilvers are incredibly comfortable, as are the IDA Rizzo Lavender Cords I am wearing. They have a higher waist which works much better with petite proportions than jeans that sit on the hip.

Hannah Rochell, Grey IDA Never Knowingly Underdressed jersey, IRO Aden skinny jeans in Blue print, denim, Donna Ida, fashion Hannah wears Grey IDA Never Knowingly Underdressed jersey, IRO Aden skinny jeans in Blue print

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With skinny jeans, it’s all about the turn-ups. A flash of ankle really lengthens the legs and I need all the help I can get! This pair by IRO is a nice, snug fit (meaning the turn ups stay put) and has an amazing tie dye-style wash which makes me think of Californian hippies, and also makes my Birkenstocks their perfect partner.

Hannah Rochell, IDA Rizzo High Top ankle skinny jeans in Milk, Leon & Harper Stripe Sally Jersey, Donna Ida, fashion Hannah wears IDA Rizzo High Top ankle skinny jeans in Milk, Leon & Harper Stripe Sally Jersey,

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Hmm...white jeans - a tricky trend so it’s worth spending a bit more money for a good fit and fabric (you don’t want them to be see-through!) and these IDA jeans tick all of those boxes. One classic deserves another - or two - so I’ve teamed with a Breton stripe and leopard shoes of my own design; a collaboration between EnBrogue and Jemima Vine (they are sooo comfy!).'

Follow Hannah Rochell and EnBrogue. You can buy Hannah's Book fabulous book featuring Donna Ida jeans 'En Brogue - Love Fashion. Love Shoes. Hate Heels' from Waterstones.

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