It’s official: Mules are definitely back in style (although some would argue they never left). Fashion’s shoe du jour is admittedly a little bit tricky to style, but there a few easy formulas that will let you slide into this footwear trend with ease.
From slip-on loafers to their high-heeled, open-toe counterparts, we’re breaking downÂ how to style mules for the months ahead.
How to Style Mules With Your Springtime Wardrobe
Ready to slip into something a little more comfortable? Slides are the perfect shoe solution. Use these winning combinations to style mules like a pro.
1. Wear them with cropped denim.
Behold a fashionable match made in Heaven. Flat mules go together so well with cropped, ankle-lengthÂ jeans, and this pairing is especially ideal for casual Fridays at the office.
A slip-on loafer is comfortable just like denim, but it also has the right amount of 9-to-5 sophisticationÂ to upgrade your favorite blue jeans in a flash.
- Styling tip: Switch up your look by trying kick-crop jeansÂ with your mules instead of your tried-and-true skinnies.
2. Pair them with long dresses.
If you prefer a high-heeled mule instead, then this is the look for you. Midi and maxi dresses have the potential to look either incredibly sleek or a little frumpy, depending on how they’re accessorized.
Mules take them into modern territory in an instant, and the added height balances their longer silhouettes with ease.
3. Work them with trousers.
Picture your work wardrobe for a moment. If you’re like a lot of women, you probably wear a lot of black — especially black slacks — because they go with everythingÂ (e.g., mules).
Wear this tailored combo for an easy work uniform that looks contemporary and fresh, or liven things up a bit with a slouchy pair of trousers and a printed blouse (a la the look above).
- Styling tip: If you wear a lot of prints and textures, try a two-tone mule to matchÂ your everyday look with just the right amount of personality.
4. Flirt with a skirt.
Back to those high-heeled mules we previously discussed. This type of shoe also works just fine with a shorter skirt — especially one with a slit.
Mules aren’t your typical shoe, and some block-heeled styles can look a little chunky with a straight-across hemline. A slit works against this effect to draw the eye up and keep the outfit from looking bottom-heavy.
5. Go shorter.
Don’t think that slip-ons are only reserved for business-casual situations. Give your tank tops and shorts a modern makeover of their own with a basic pair of mules.
These shoes work well with your most laid-back spring and summer coupling, and they make you look a bit more polished while running errands with a lopsided bun on top of your head.