Mules: You loved them back in the day and, like a fine wine, they’ve only gotten better over time. Which is good news for your closet, because the ’00s throwback shoe has made a major comeback just in time to take your spring style game by storm. And can we talk about the comfort factor for just a second? Because classic pumps can’t even compare to the block heels and platform soles that go hand-in-hand with these pared-down stunners. To put it simply: There’s a whole lot to love. But like any other can’t-get-enough piece in your wardrobe, mules (much like your fave Doc Martens) shine brightest with a bit of clever styling. In this week’s Style Resolutions, we’re showing you three ways to style your mules with pieces from your spring capsule wardrobe essentials, for on-trend yet comfy results.
How to Style Mules for Work
Start the work week off on the right foot by slipping into a pair of sleek suede mules that are more or less the #girlboss equivalent of your favorite just-kickin’-it sneakers. (Yup, they’re that good.) Let their easygoing-yet-elegant vibe inspire the rest of your getup by tossing on a striped midi dress with throw-on-and-go flair and a suede jacket that turns up the heat on your basic blazer. Standard suit? Not on your watch. Kickstart creativity with a healthy dose of color in the form of a flowery statement necklace and a roomy turquoise tote that can carry all of your essentials and then some. A swipe of coral lipstick and a streamlined timepiece pull it all together and add a note of that classy-lady edge you can’t get enough of.
ASOS Topic Slip On Mule Sandals ($51) + Madewell Wrap Midi Dress ($148), H&M Imitation Suede Jacket ($60), J.Crew Petal Brûlee Necklace ($138), Baggu Basic Tote ($99), ASOS Shoulderless Case Clean Watch ($34), Rituel de Fille Enchanted Lip Sheer in Bittersweet ($21)
How to Style Mules for a Night Out
Stilettos and breaking it down on the dance floor don’t exactly go hand-in-hand, which is just one more reason to invest in a set of modern mules. The block heel offers just enough boost without making feet suffer as you hop around town. Tap into your inner lazy girl for a GNO getup that exudes It-girl appeal, teaming an embroidered A-line skirt with a folklore fab feel and a metallic sweatshirt fit for Studio 54. Introduce bold color and glitz in unexpected ways, icing your ears with a shimmery crystal crawler and lacquering your nails with fiery red polish. Stash your phone and cash in a structured denim sac, and top it all off with a leather trench when temps start to drop.
ASOS Topic Slip On Mule Sandals ($51) + Topshop Luxe Foil Sweatshirt ($60), Oasis Embroidered A-Line Skirt ($90), Bauble Bar Asymmetrical Wanderer Ear Crawler Set ($36), Silence + Noise Dorothee Denim Crossbody Bag ($34), & Other Stories Faux/Real 2 Become 1 Ring ($29), JINsoon Nail Lacquer ($18)
How to Style Mules for the Weekend
Mules possess transformative powers, and this off-duty ensemble is proof. A casual overalls-and-tee combo takes on a super chic tone with the understated stompers thrown into the mix (sorry, sneakers). A colorful cropped jacket adds dimension and polish to the look, while on-trend details like a minimalist cuff, tassel earrings and a half-moon bag make the transition from brunch to the bar seamless. Could you ask more of your weekend attire? We say no.
ASOS Topic Slip On Mule Sandals ($51) + Topshop Colour Block Asymmetric Tee ($85), Mango Medium Denim Dungarees ($80), River Island Pink Cropped Trench Jacket ($130), Monday Edition Color Leather Tassel Earrings ($128), Leik Saddle Bag ($149), Charles & Keith Twist Detail Cuff ($29), Charles & Keith Round City Eyewear ($49)
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