You have plenty of options when it comes to summer footwear, but few things are quite as trend-proof as classic espadrilles. These distinctive canvas shoes feature a plaited sole that gives them a slightly rustic, handmade appearance, so they work well with casual outfits. As fashion has evolved, designers have produced different styles, colors and patterns, making this summer staple adaptable enough to wear with more dressed-up looks, too. With this versatility, it's easy to rock espadrilles with numerous pieces from your warm-weather wardrobe.
Dress Them Up
Espadrilles are an ideal shoe to wear with a cute summer dress. Pair a white eyelet sundress with wedge espadrilles in a bright color like coral; add a straw fedora and an oversize patterned bag for a fun, stylish summer outfit. If you’re wearing a simple cotton tank dress in a solid color, try a pair of rainbow-striped espadrilles to spice up your look. You can even give a sleeveless shirt dress a little feminine flair by rocking it with crocheted espadrilles in a soft color like pink or lilac.
Go for Maxi-mum Style
Maxi dresses and skirts are a comfortable summer wardrobe staple and work well with wedge espadrilles that add height to your frame. Wear a simple black maxi dress with a brightly colored belt and a pair of floral-print wedge espadrilles to brighten up your ensemble, or opt for a white tank top and navy-and-white striped maxi skirt with red espadrilles for a fun, nautical look. You can also use simple sand-colored wedge espadrilles to tone down a maxi skirt with a bold graphic print.
Since espadrilles have a causal, relaxed look, they are an ideal match with your favorite pair of shorts. Wear denim cut-offs with a simple white T-shirt and flat tan espadrilles, or for more fashion punch, try a pair in an animal print. For a dressier option, slip on a linen blouse with walking-style shorts and wedge espadrilles; pick either a neutral shade or go bold with a color like turquoise or magenta.
Espadrilles can work well with pants, but opt for a cropped style like capris that will show off your shoes. On casual summer Fridays, wear sand or khaki capris with a short-sleeve white button-down blouse and brown wedge espadrilles to the office. For a fun night out, pair dark-wash denim capris with a black blazer, lacy camisole and red wedge espadrilles. Add a bold statement necklace or chandelier earrings to complete the look.
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Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
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