Posted on: October 1, 2021 Posted by: Ariel Tattum Comments: 0

There’s a very short and sweet part of the transitional season when you can wear lovely pairings like sweaters and shorts or jackets and sandals—weather permitting, of course. It’s the type of ensemble Los Angeles locals are lucky enough to don for much of the year. But for the rest of us who don’t call Southern California home, the ideal fall forecast gives us the opportunity to combine the best of our summer and fall wardrobes.

This past week in Milan, showgoers embraced perfect temps in the low 70s and sunny skies, and squeezed out a few extra days of sandal season. Chunky knits and checked trousers were paired with heeled sandals, as were brown leather trousers and blazers. Fuzzy mohair cardigans, midi skirts, velvet jackets, and head-to-toe tailoring could all be seen sported alongside open-toe shoes. The verdict? Sandal season isn’t over just yet.

Come chillier temps, all these looks will pair wonderfully with a knee-high boot or ballet flat, but in the meantime, do as the Milan Fashion Week street style set do and take the opportunity to wear sandals with other classic fall staples.

Find eight ways to wear sandals this season, as inspired by Milan Fashion Week street style, below.

Buckle Down

A pair of buckled mules grounds an oversized knit and flared trousers with ease—no jacket necessary.

MM6 Maison Margiela oversized jacquard-knit turtleneck sweater

Valentino Garavani Mini VLogo calf hair hobo bag

Stella McCartney Mona houndstooth-check wool flared-leg trousers

Leather Bound

Lighten up patent, crinkled, vintage, or smooth leather separates with strappy sandals in—you guessed it—leather.

Rejina Pyo Margo faux leather blazer

Kassl Bag Lady leather lacquer shoulder bag

Bouguessa Diana embossed leather pants

Double Take

Wear and rewear an embroidered blouse and tapered trousers with buckled slides now, and repeat later with ankle boots.

Sea Santos eyelet collar blouse

Bottega Veneta Loop crossbody bag

Ulla Johnson Jupiter topstitched cotton-twill tapered pants

Jil Sander x Birkenstock Arizona dual-buckle slide sandal

Balancing Blocks

A block-heel sandal in metallic can be comfortably worn all year round, from special occasions to the office and beyond.

Warm Hugs Only checkmate vest

Linda Farrow Jerry circle-frame acetate sunglasses

Jil Sander geometric-print skirt

Lounge Around

When else could you wear cushy, cozy, tartan-print slippers or shearling slides out of the house besides autumn?

Sleeper feather-trimmed crepe de chine pajama set

Evolve Together Milan face mask, set of 7

Prada Galleria Saffiano leather medium bag

Sandals That Suit

A strappy flat leather sandal works surprisingly well with fall’s tailored suits—a neutral brown option gives a solid contrast to an otherwise dark blazer and trousers.

& Other Stories single button blazer

Melissa Joy Manning 14-karat recycled gold moonstone earrings

& Other Stories fitted flare pinstripe trousers

Autumnal Textures

It’s best to stay away from materials that feel too summery, like raffia and rope, and opt for something more aligned with the fall season, such as this satin slide and velvet jacket pairing.

L’Agence Kaydence corduroy double-breasted blazer

Saint Laurent Signature round sunglasses

Emme Parsons satin slides

Head Over Heels

You’ll want to wear a pair of Bottega Veneta’s heeled sandals, well, with everything.

Marc Jacobs hairy cropped mohair cardigan

Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarer 50mm sunglasses

Bottega Veneta BV Lido slide sandal