How To Style Mary Janes For Spring Without Looking Like You’re Back In Class

While you may have worn Mary Janes in grade school, these shoes are the epitome of cool girl style in 2024 – especially when paired with unexpected pops of color and other statement pieces.

By Alyssa Vandermeulen2 min read

In the fall, red tones took over our social media feeds by way of sweaters, jackets, handbags, and yes, the Mary Jane shoe. This classic footwear silhouette has fully resurfaced into a must-have item for spring fashion in a variety of neutral and pastel shades. With heeled shoes and subtle flats to choose from, Mary Janes deserve a place in your spring capsule wardrobe

From streetwear to wedding season and even the office, there is no limit to the fashion potential of this specific type of footwear. 

Need a few style ideas that don’t feel juvenile? We’ve got your feet covered! Here are five different ways to style your latest shoe obsession, as well as our shopping picks to inspire your spring haul. 

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Black Mini Dress + Black Mary Janes

This combination is one of those *chef’s kiss* outfits you will reach for when you don’t know what to wear. Instantly Parisian chic, a black mini dress is feminine and put-together, especially when paired with such a classic shoe. Add a tasteful handbag and a pair of sunnies as the finishing touches. 

Vicenza Triple Strap Mary Jane Heels, $170

WAYF Margaret Puff Sleeve Dress, $112

Jeans + Cardigan + Mary Janes 

We are styling our denim in a variety of ways this season. A simple cardigan with jeans is an easily repeatable outfit, but it can come across as uninspired without the right shoes. To accomplish this look well, you’ll want to choose a neutral cardigan and a coordinating shoe color such as white, beige, or black. 

Steve Madden Vinetta Black Leather, $80

Abercrombie Vintage High Rise ‘90s Relaxed Jean, $90

Free People Found My Friend Cardi, $78

Or grab a bright tee to expertly contrast the daintiness of the shoe’s silhouette. This cool girl look will turn heads this season! Add statement earrings and your favorite sunnies to complete this city-appropriate outfit. 

We The Free Good Luck Mid Rise Barrel Jeans, $98

Old Navy Oversized EverWear Tunic Tee, $20

Statement Dress + Mary Janes 

If you have any celebrations on your spring calendar, we have the perfect outfit for you. Pair a bold statement dress with a neutral Mary Jane shoe to balance out the eye-catching details of your dress. Whether you opt for a floral maxi dress or a puff sleeve piece, the Mary Jane shoe will ensure your look is as feminine as it is practical for the dance floor.

Steve Madden Bouquet White Leather, $80

Anthropologie Sleeveless Square Neck Maxi Dress, $168

Hutch Short Sleeve Collared Mini Dress, $198

Patterned Jacket + Colorful Mary Janes 

Patterned, quilted jackets are everywhere this spring, especially in spring hues and floral designs. To add an extra spring touch to this simple outfit, try a colorful pair of Mary Janes! Light blue or pink shoes add a whimsical touch to your spring outfit, and they look adorable with a matching outer layer that is perfect for chillier mornings! 

Steve Madden Vinetta Baby Blue Leather, $80

Free People Chloe Jacket, $198

Trousers + Button Down Top + Mary Janes

Is your office wardrobe begging for a spring refresh? Mary Janes might be the perfect response! A simple outfit combination, such as trousers and a lacy blouse, is instantly updated with this feminine shoe choice. Keep the colors light and fresh, and even try a Mary Jane with a short heel if you're feeling extra adventurous! 

A & F Sloane Tailored Pant, $90

Anthropologie Ruffled V Neck Popover Blouse, $128

Vicenza Colorblock Mary Jane Heels, $160

Closing Thoughts 

While following (and purchasing!) every seasonal trend can be taxing on your wallet, the Mary Jane is a classic shoe that's worth the investment. See how many ways you can style these beloved shoes this spring! 

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