There are no more quintessential shoes of laid-back summer vibes than wedges. They conjure up a chic California look that instantly evokes thoughts of warm days by the beach. An essential style, wedges elevate any look while maintaining a casual, effortless sort of elegance. They are also the perfect shoes for when you want to bring heels on your next getaway but need something that will be reasonable to move around in. If you're planning a trip soon, good wedges can be your secret weapon: Given their versatility, there are dozens of little styling adjustments you can make to mix in a fresh new style—whether it be with a maxi, jeans, a coatdress, or cool layering—that feels different from how you might have worn them last year. If you're a little unsure of where to start, though, let this post be your guide.
Keep reading for a few golden rules when it comes to styling wedges.
Choose a Unique Material
When you think of wedges, it's easy to get stuck in a box of what they're supposed to look like: open-toe sandals with woven heels. While that does define classic wedges, this shoe style is more than just a summer go-to. Experiment with different finishes and materials for your next pair, and use it as a point of interest to make your outfit pop.
Use Neutral Tones
For a warm-weather outfit, there's no better type of heels than wedges. Wedges in white or a similarly neutral tone work best if you're trying to emphasize a laid-back look, pairing brilliantly for clean, subtle summer vibes.
Pair With Boyfriend Jeans
We love the look of tall platform wedges with boyfriend jeans as a subtle nod to the '90s that doesn't feel forced. The high platforms are subdued by the casual look of the wedges paired with the slouchy, rolled-up hem on boyfriend jeans. Dress it all up with a statement-making top, or keep things simple with a tee.
Add a Summer Vibe With Espadrilles
There's no better summer version of wedges than espadrilles, and a lace-up option adds a feminine edge. Pair yours with light-wash denim and a richly hued coat for relaxed style that still looks effortlessly polished.
Dress Down a Formal Outfit
Wedges can prove an unexpected way to bring any elevated outfit back down to earth. We all know the feeling of being the most overdressed person in the room. By choosing wedges, you can avoid overshooting the formality of an outfit while still opting for the added height and elegance of heels.
Curious to know how Parisian girls style their elevated footwear? Keep reading for the French-inspired way to wear espadrille wedges.