Garden weddings are beautiful. That is, until you not-so-gracefully get your pristine leather stiletto heel wedged firmly in three inches of mucky mud. Quelle horreur!
We won't chastise you on how bad of a decision it was to wear those in the first place, as you're probably already berating yourself for it; instead, let us provide you with equally stylish alternatives to don the next time you've been invited to a fancy outdoor fete. Styling tips await!
1. Block-heeled platforms
Endless praises for the comforting security and additional inches the block-heeled platform generously doles out. Opt for a shimmering version to channel serious disco glam, or cop Heart Evangelista's fun, color-blocked iteration. In any case, full-on tweed lends a chic air of sleek sobriety.
Farrah metallic leather sandals, SAINT LAURENT, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing
Swathed in peach satin, Liz Uy is convincing us that nothing pairs better with a good ol' ballet flat than sultry-sweet, boudoir-ready separates. Pajama dressing 24/7 is the motto.
Lily ballet flats, P1550, GVN, gvnthelabel.com
Behold, the closest you can possibly get to a slim stiletto without foregoing the safety of a thicker foundation. Amina Muaddi's signature sparkly, kick-flare stilts are perched prettily at the top of our wish lists! That telltale trumpet heel is an instant status symbol.
Gilda mules, AMINA MUADDI, aminamuaddi.com
4. Cap-toed slingbacks
Many have vouched that these cap-toed Chanel classics are comfy enough to wear to everything from drinks out to a quick grocery dash. Aimee Song's caught onto the ube-flavored fever, donning a lavender skirt suit with a confectionary contrast via a mint macaron-hued purse.
Two-tone slingbacks, CHANEL, chanel.com
5. Strappy low sandals
Sarah Lahbati actually wore her strappy flat sandals to a pal's Hawaii nuptials, so there's a super-solid example for you! Pair with an unabashedly slinky slip dress the color of a soft-focus sunset.
Talia sandal, P1990, MILLI, millilabel.com
6. Flat chunky platforms
These are making an unlikely comeback and we're hands-down here for it. Courtney Trop dreamily treads the Virgin Suicides-esque slash prarie-gal route in a billowing, bloom-sprinkled frock, and so should you.
Jute woven platforms, P2995, ZARA, Greenbelt 5
7. PVC wedges
Here's a cool, current spin on the tired ol' wedge your mom left behind in the aughts, care of a simple addition: the clear PVC strap. Maria Bernad pairs hers with crisp bright blue trousers and a clever silk scarf top. You'll be the funnest guest in the place.
PVC strap wedges, PRIMADONNA, SM Megamall