3 Fresh and Fun Ways to Style Your Birkenstocks

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When ModCloth first began carrying Birkenstocks last spring, I was … elated. Sure, the last time I slipped the sensible sandals upon my feet was way back in high school, but between numerous editorials featuring them and spotting street style stars aplenty rocking cork footbeds, I was ready for these iconic sandals to make a comeback.

Fast forward a year and I’m a Birks believer. While many are quick to write them off them as ugly, I politely disagree. They lend a relaxed, low-key vibe to more casual outfits and even look cute with summer dresses. And I’ve never felt sturdier in my life. Go ahead, just try to knock me over. There’s something to be said for sensibility.

If you’ve been stumped on how to style the unique Birkenstock sandals available on ModCloth, don’t fret, today I’m showing you how to wear your Birks for three different occasions: The beach, brunch, and a casual coffee date.

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Wave Ready: Walk to the beach or neighborhood pool in comfort by slipping on a pair of sandals with a colorful sole. A breezy white dress is the perfect thing to slip on over your suit, while a wide brim hat and vintage-inspired sunnies shield your eyes. To play off the aqua-hued detail of the sandals, I peppered pops of blue throughout the outfit with a fun beach towel and tasseled earrings.

In this outfit: Garden Consultation Sandal in Brown, Pool Hopping Dress, Daydream Achiever Towel, Shining On a Saturday Earrings, Friend of the Road Hat, Come and Octagon Sunglasses.

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Buy Me Brunch: Birks and a dress? I say YES. Fashion and function pair perfectly in this outfit, which is ideal for a relaxed brunch or shopping date. The key to dressing up your Birkenstocks is to not get too fancy: Stick with natural fibers (love this cotton frock), simple color schemes (orange and mint look great together), and a statement-making piece of jewelry.

In this outfit: Trek a Break Sandal, Meaningful Morning Dress, Upwardly Mobile Satchel in Mint, Rule of Thirds Necklace.

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Coffee Break: Whether you’re working from your favorite cafe or meeting up with a friend, black slides are the perfect thing to slip on before dashing out the door. Pair them with classic cuffed jeans, a unique printed tee (you can’t go wrong with Johnny Depp), eye-catching shades, and a cool phone case for a simple ensemble that still makes a statement.

In this outfit: Zest Foot Forward Sandal in Black, Seren-Depp-ity Tee, Karaoke Songstress Jeans in Black, The Head and the Art Sunglasses, Pop Up Flower Shop Phone Case.

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+ What do YOU think of the Birkenstock trend? Sound off in the comments!

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About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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