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How To Style Strappy Heels

If you’re not sure what strappy heels and sandals are, you might have a better idea if they have a different name: gladiator shoes. They come in many different shapes, from heels with a few extra straps that go down to the ankles, to heels with straps that come down to the knees. If you style them properly, they can add a touch of elegance to your outfits. I’ll show you some of my favorite ways to wear these sleek looking strappy shoes.

Strappy heels with black leather jacket and midi skirt


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Very often all-black outfits make you look dark and cold, but that’s not the case when you’re wearing something feminine like the black strappy heels. For this outfit, you can combine the heels with a black leather jacket and a split midi skirt. This is a perfect example of how to dress in a way that looks both cool and ladylike.

Wear with a black shift dress

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Another great advantage of wearing strappy heels is that it has so much detail in it that you can put them together with a very simple outfit and look great already. As an example, you can simply wear a black shirt dress with black strappy heels with straps that reach mid-calf.

Black mini dress & strappy heels

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Here is another outfit idea that includes a dress and strappy heels. The heels for this outfit idea reach to the ankles and go perfectly with the black mini dress. While typical heels or sandals still look good with the dress, the strappy heels add an extra touch of elegance.

Gladiator sandals with long sleeve t-shirt & denim shorts

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After sharing a few more formal looking outfit ideas, I just want to show you that strappy style not only goes with formal outfits, it goes well with causal outfits as well. As an example of a typical summer and spring outfit consisting of a long-sleeved T-shirt and denim shorts, you can complete the outfit with nude strappy sandals. You can see the value of strappy sandals by imagining wearing this outfit with white sneakers as a shoe choice. Sneakers look good and casual with the outfit, while the sandals make the outfit look chic.

Strappy sandals with a white T-shirt and a green mini skirt

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To look refreshing, you can wear light strappy sandals. I think it’s fair to call these strappy flip flops. Keep the shade of the outfit bright and refreshing by wearing a white t-shirt and green mini skirt. I can see this is a very comfy looking causal hangout outfit.

Heels with black and white striped T-shirt and pencil skirt

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Black strappy heels look great in a black and white outfit. For example, you can wear a long-sleeved black and white striped t-shirt and a black midi pencil skirt with the heels. This can be a good business casual work outfit.

Blue strappy heels with white vest top and floral skirt

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Strappy sandals are usually available in black, white, and nude. It can be fun to style heels with bright colors like the royal blue heels in this outfit. Typically, when you need to style an object with bright and eye-catching colors, you want to keep the color combination as simple as possible. Build up the outfit using the example of this outfit in the colors blue and white. Just wear the strappy sandals with a white vest top and a white and blue floral skirt.

White blouse and cream-colored skirt

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For another chic look that is suitable for work, you can combine the already feminine strappy sandals with other ladylike items. For example, you can wear a white shirt with a cream-colored skirt. This outfit looks so nice but still looks professional as a work outfit.

White Off The Shoulder Blouse & Skinny Jeans

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A strapless white blouse is a beautiful piece of clothing that just requires a lot of attention. Simply combine it with skinny jeans and black strappy heels for an extra touch of elegance that goes perfectly with the strapless blouse.

Strappy heels with a backless halterneck dress in black and pink

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Now that we’ve talked about some work and casual outfits, it’s time to talk about what to wear to a cocktail party. A great way to style the strappy sandals for a cocktail party is to wear them with something ladylike and sexy. The backless floral halter neck dress can be a choice.

Black and white striped dress & denim jacket

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I mentioned in another blog post that I love the black and white striped dress so much because it just looks great as part of a casual street outfit, while many other dresses can look slightly overclothed when walking down the street. You can read my blog post on more black and white striped dress here. Going back to that outfit, you can pair the striped dress with an oversized denim jacket and black strappy sandals.

Off the shoulder boho blouse & denim shorts

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This outfit idea is one that boho fans should watch out for. You can wear an off the shoulder white boho blouse with denim shorts. Wear knee-high gladiator sandals that go perfectly with the boho top. So you can look both refreshing and elegant on the beach.

Red strappy shoes with a white shirt and skinny jeans

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White top and blue jeans sound like a very typical outfit that looks decent without surprise. The good news is that you can add a little twist with the shoes to spice up the look. You can wear a pair of flashy strappy heels to easily upgrade your entire outfit.

Here are some of my favorite ways to style the strappy heels. Try out some of the ideas and see how they fit you. Most of the clothes on this list are likely the ones you already have in your closet. Just try on a pair of shoes at your local stores and have fun mixing and matching.

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