6 Ways to Style One of Fall’s Biggest Trends: Mules

As you step into fall, it’s time to update your shoe wardrobe with one of the biggest trends of the season: mules. Though the effortless, slip-on-and-go style was one of the hottest shoes for the summer, it can easily be transitioned into the colder months, too.

They key? Look for polished closed-toe mules, which can be worn to the office with ease. Styling open-toe mules with socks is always an option, too. But if you’re headed to a dressier event, opt for the classic mule — a style in satin is especially elegant.

Below you’ll find six different ways to style the mule.

Professional and Polished
A closed-toe mule in black leather can be worn with virtually any outfit. Amp it up at the office with a striped blazer, statement jewelry and colorful bag.

The Row Leather Mule THE ROW mule, $1,145. Brunello Cucinelli trouser, Vera Wang sunglasses, Miansai ring, Loewe bag, Maria Black earring, Altuzarra blazer. Courtesy of brands.

Trendy and Casual
Pink patent is one of the hottest shoe trends happening right now. Give it a more casual spin with denim, a cozy knit and neutral accessories.

Dorateymur patent mule DORATEYMUR mule, $420. A.P.C. turtleneck, Marni earrings, Chloé bag, Jennifer FIsher cuff, 3×1 jeans. Courtesy of brands.

Punky and Refined
A suede mule with plastic strap offers an edgier take. Go rock ‘n’ roll with a grungy floral print, a leather jacket and bold metal accessories.

Topshop Mules TOPSHOP mule, $280. Self-Portrait dress, Mykita sunglasses, Paco Rabanne bag, A.L.C. jacket, Iosselliani ring, J.W. Anderson necklace. Courtesy of brand.

Romantic and Effortless
A pastel suede mule is inherently chic. Paired with a full skirt, cozy knit and 1970s accessories? The style is foolproof.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Mules MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH mule, $391. J.Crew sweater, Eddie Borgo earrings, Simon Miller bag, Tibi skirt, Tom Ford sunglasses. Courtesy of brands.

Evening and Sophisticated
A satin mule is an elegant option for nighttime. Pair with a silk slip dress, whimsical clutch and mixed-metallic jewelry.

Oscar de la Renta mule OSCAR DE LA RENTA mule, $650. Ellery dress, The Row bag, Sophie Bille Brahe ring, Charlotte Chesnais choker, Uribe earrings. Courtesy of brands.

Bohemian and Retro
An embroidered mule adds a dash of retro flair. Wear with a ribbed skirt and socks, and a blouse that matches the shoe’s color palette.

Malone Souliers Mule MALONE SOULIERS mule, $1,295. No. 21 blouse, Celine sunglasses, Rochas socks, Isabel Marant bracelet, H&M skirt. Courtesy of brands.

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