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How to Wear Platform Sandals

platform sandals

Platform sandals are super in for the spring and summer, but how do we wear them without looking like a teenager? Here are some tips on styling these chunky sandals.

Do you have a pair of platform sandals? You may be seeing them pop up in a lot of spring and summer trends. They can be hard to style without looking like a teenager, but I have some tips to help!

 

Styling Platform Sandals

Platform sandals are super trendy this summer. I try to keep my style pretty classic and I don’t jump on every trend, but this is one that I actually think is pretty easy to style and looks good on everyone. 

 

Tips for wearing platform sandals

  1. Choose neutral platform sandals. There are a lot of wild and bold platform sandals out there right now, and while they can be cute, they’re also harder to wear and much less versatile. 
  2. Avoid an overly lug sole. The super clunky and chunky soles feel extra trendy. 
  3. Pair them with classic, age appropriate pieces. Since they’re more trendy, don’t pair them with several other trendy pieces – stick to more classic outfit pieces.

 

denim shorts with striped tee
platform sandals white pants
jumpsuit with platform sandals
jumpsuit with platform sandals

DENIM SHORTS | FREE ASSEMBLY STRIPED TEE | SIMILAR BASEBALL CAP | MADEWELL PLATFORM SANDALS

MADEWELL STRIPED TEE | MADEWELL WIDE LEG JEANSSIMILAR ARIZONA PLATFORM SANDALS 

AMAZON JUMPSUIT | CREAM BASEBALL HAT | MADEWELL PLATFORM SANDALS 

MERRICK WHITE COLLECTION DRESS | MADEWELL PLATFORM SANDALS 

 

Outfit ideas with platform sandals

1. Cut off shorts and a tee 

Platform sandals are kind of “better than basic” sandals, since they have a little clunky sole. Pairing them with a basic outfit like cut off shorts and a tee makes the outfit feel a little less basic. Don’t forget accessories!

2. Wide leg jeans and a tee

I love wide leg jeans (especially these white ones from Madewell) and they pair well with a heavier shoe because of the wide leg. Since the pants are white and the sandals are darker, I think a darker tee helps to balance the outfit.

3. Jumpsuit

I love a jumpsuit for summer, and these platform sandals add a fun statement to a basic jumpsuit! A baseball hat isn’t necessary, but I love it an as accessory.

4. Casual dress

A casual dress is a great outfit to wear with platform sandals. You don’t want to pair them with super dressy dresses, since they’re so casual, but a casual dress is great with them. This casual dress is my favorite for the summer!

 

 

How NOT to wear your platform sandals

There aren’t many outfits that you can’t wear platform sandals with, but here are a few examples!

platform sandals with midi skirt
floral skirt with brown sandals

AMAZON FLORAL SKIRT | WHITE BODYSUIT | MADEWELL PLATFORM SANDALS | SIMILAR LEATHER SANDALS

When wearing them with a lightweight flowy skirt, the platform sandals can feel a little too clunky. This example isn’t terrible, but a slimmer sandal feels better to me.

 

 

pleated skirt with platform sandals
pleated skirt with heeled sandals

SIMILAR FLORAL TOP | SIMILAR PLEATED SKIRT | MADEWELL PLATFORM SANDALS | DOUBLE STRAP BLOCK HEELS

This kind of pleated skirt is much more dressy than the floral skirt, and definitely feels out of place with a chunky sandal, no matter how neutral it is. I traded for a slim block heel sandal and that makes it feel way more feminine and sleek.

 

 

 

black dress with platform sandals
black dress with heels

WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET DRESS ( Similar one HERE) | MADEWELL PLATFORM SANDALS | SIMILAR PINK HEELS

A dressy dress, especially a little black dress, deserves a dressier shoes. I traded for a pointed toe pump and that feels much more formal with a formal dress.

 

 

I’ll be doing a Get Dressed with Merrick episode on my instagram tonight – don’t miss it!

 

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