3 Fresh Ways to Wear Your Favorite Mules for Spring
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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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!