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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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