How to Style Your Birkenstocks This Season


One of the best parts of fall is Fashion Week, when the show calendar is booked, and the zip to each and every party is part of the fun. In the dash to pack it all in, style-savvy insiders know that comfort and aesthetics are equally important. Enter Birkenstocks—a perennial go-to for those on the circuit. Thanks to the supportive cork soles and enduring details like sleek buckles and luxe leather, each design’s chic yet sensible nature makes it a versatile heavy hitter, regardless of occasion or mood.

Of course, stylishly functional footwear isn’t just for editors, buyers, content creators, and the like. Whether you default to classics, tend toward tailoring, favor edgy elements, or have a knack for artful outfit assembly, Birkenstocks are a throughline for all your dressing needs. And with the label’s robust assortment available at Bloomingdale’s, you can always discover new favorites that will be the ultimate nonchalant finish to your lineups.

Slip into the perfectly minimal Boston clog, for instance, with anything from your most polished work attire to an elevated denim-and-knitwear ensemble. Or opt for the bold Arizona Big Buckle with sleek leather separates one day, and a daringly romantic dress the next. And if you’re one to punctuate a romantic skirt or voluminous dress unconventionally, the metallic Gizeh will speak to you.

To help you embody this mood of relaxed spontaneity this fall, we’ve curated three fresh formulas with pieces from Bloomingdale’s, each paired with one of these Birkenstock styles. Each speaks to the women and trends of the moment: The Adventurer, The Free Spirit, and The Minimalist. Read on to get inspired.

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Jennifer Livingston

The adventurer lives life to the fullest, and your signature style is a bold take on seasonal staples. Think iconic shapes rendered in slick leather, and severely cut silhouettes from dresses to tops. Strong color pops are a trademark, too, be it in a lively knit or a kaleidoscopic skirt. A heavy dose of polished silver metallics is also part of the equation, in the form of chunky chains and hardware for a moto-inspired edge.

The Arizona Big Buckle (available at Bloomingdale’s first) in sleek silver is eye-catching against this backdrop, whether with the classic all-black uniform or a more dynamic palette. The iridescent buckles maintain a spirited notion without teetering into whimsical territory. They illuminate the adjustable double-wide straps in a fiercely refined fashion.

birkenstock x bloomingdale's

Jennifer Livingston

Creativity and distinctiveness are at the core of the free spirit as you hop among events. This look is all about layering and combining sensibilities with personal flair: a utilitarian jacket with platinum accessories, say, or a handcrafted knit set against a glossy patent miniskirt.

For an elevated daytime outing or time at the office, a flowing skirt is an airy pairing for the Gizeh Big Buckle (available at Bloomingdale’s first) in metallic silver. The thong silhouette offers a freewheeling element of timelessness that’s entirely unfussy. Grippy soles offer a perfectly pragmatic offset to the lustrous leather and iridescent buckles.

birkenstock x bloomingdale's

Jennifer Livingston

As the modern minimalist, you’re sophisticated and sleek with your choices. Elevated silhouettes with clean lines void of adornment are your wardrobe’s crux, to be sure. Favorites include elegant tailoring and uncomplicated separates cut from fluid and structured fabrics—often combining both materials for a pleasingly chic tension.

Another style code of pared-back tastes: timeless accessories, like the Boston Exquisite Clog. Its matte appearance is quietly tasteful for on-the-go moments, as well as weekend brunch in style. The impeccably cut leather speaks your pristine language, down to the hand-wrapped classic cork footbed and the adjustable strap secured through the sculpted metal buckle.

Photography: Jennifer Livingston; Art Direction: Jessica Tsouplakis & Alice Stevens; Edited by: Jaclyn Palermo; Styling: Rebecca Lux; Hair & Makeup: Miguel Lledo; Manicurist: Eri Handa; Model: Katy O’Kane.

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