Wearable Fashion Trends for Spring 2017

Wearable Fashion Trends for Spring 2017

A touch of fashion trend is a good thing because it keeps us looking current and visible. I’m not a fan of head to toe trend…that screams fashion victim. But when one fits my style, I embrace it. Let’s look at what’s new for 2017.

Welcome to this week’s Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, my collaboration with Pam from Over 50 Feeling 40. You’ve hit your Style Sweet Spot when your appearance is sending the message you intend, and you feel confident that you look your best. This is the start of a 4-week series on fashion trends for Spring/ Summer 2017.

The trend I’m loving this week is the mule. A slip on shoe, without a back, these shoes are easy to wear and look fresh. They’re available in flats, block heels, high heels and sneaker mules. Fur lined or edged, pointy-toed or round, metallic or suede, you name it… they’re available at all price points.

Sam Edelman Paris muleI love these suede Sam Edelman backless loafers. The tassels add a preppy detail to their feminine shape. They’d look great with skinny jeans or cigarette pants. Louise et Cie Twist mule

These Louise et Cie mules feel more casual to me. Their twisted leather top looks creative and more sporty. Eileen Fisher Day slide

These Eileen Fisher ones are already in my shopping cart. Eileen Fisher shoes are incredibly comfortable and this color combo will go with everything in my wardrobe.

Mules work best with skirts, capris or ankle length pants. Longer pants get stuck under your heel which feels awkward and looks sloppy. This is an easy to wear, comfortable trend that will be in style for several years to come.


When wearing mules, be aware your heels are on display. Be sure the skin is pumiced and hydrated. NOTHING looks worse than dry cracked heels.

Now let’s go see what trend Pam is sharing this week.

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  1. January 16, 2017 / 8:16 am

    I saw the E. FISHER and thought THAT SHOE is YOU!

    • Jennifer
      January 16, 2017 / 10:25 am

      They are:)!

  2. Lesley Watson
    January 16, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Love the style mules you posted. Just goes to show what goes around comes around. I still have a several pair of mules I never parted with. I’m glad to hear they are back in style again. Now I just need to find them in the back of my closet.

    • Jennifer
      January 16, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Aren’t they fun? That’s why I hold on to things I like, Lesley. If you buy what you love, it’s always in style.

  3. January 16, 2017 / 2:16 am

    I love mules because I hate my toes! They cover up what I hate but allow me to bare my feet a little bit. They are a little flat and are not an all day shoe for me if I have to be on my feet for 8 hours, but I think they are cute!

    • Jennifer
      January 16, 2017 / 7:04 am

      That’s a great point, Laura! I seldom wear any shoe for the entire day. They’re a fun alternative to a ballet flat for me.

  4. January 15, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Love the first two but not sure I could wear them. It is such a struggle finding fashion forward shoes that are wearable and don’t look “old lady”!!

    • Jennifer
      January 15, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      It is a struggle! I don’t want to wear “old lady” shoes either but I do like to wear stylish, comfy shoes.

  5. Ashley
    January 15, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Cute mules, but I agree with everyone expressing concerns. At this age & stage, the mule is not a style I’d choose, just like I wouldn’t buy high heels! Footwear needs to be stylish, but first and foremost as we age, it needs to offer support and not cause or exacerbate foot issues. I’m the first one to push the envelope and wear ballet flats without arch support, but I draw the line at heels and mules.

    • Jennifer
      January 15, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      I find mules easy to wear and comfortable. Ballet flats with no arch support are really uncomfortable for me so I add a small orthotic to give my feet some added support. Go figure! The important thing is for us to wear what is comfortable. Heels have almost no place in my wardrobe, yet I have friends who love and wear them frequently. Thank goodness we have many options.

  6. Donnella
    January 15, 2017 / 9:10 am

    After developing a bunion, my research indicated that Mules as well as flip flops and other backless styles are contributors because we must unnaturally scrunch our toes as we walk to keep them in place. I’ve loved them and donated many pairs but foot health must come first.

    • Jennifer
      January 15, 2017 / 10:28 am

      Foot health always has to come first, Donella. That’s fascinating about scrunching our toes. It makes total sense to me. I’ll pay attention to see if I’m doing that because I don’t want to have to get my other foot operated on.

      • Joanna
        January 15, 2017 / 11:32 am

        My oldest daughter was told to stop wearing flip flops & crocs for the same reason. They make you scrunch your toes leading to foot pain. I only wear sandels without a back strap when I’m not doing any amount of walking, then I opt for Keens. Not pretty but practical. See! We can learn from our daughters. ????

        • Jennifer
          January 15, 2017 / 12:01 pm

          I learn from my daughter often, Joanna. She’s a smart cookie 🙂 When I’m planning to go a lot of walking I wear shoes with lots of support too.

  7. Joanna
    January 15, 2017 / 8:21 am

    I would wear these around the house as slippers – stylish, yet comfortable. But,I could be convinced.

    • Jennifer
      January 15, 2017 / 10:26 am

      The fur lined ones look exactly like slippers, Joanna! That’s why I didn’t include them in my favorites 🙂

  8. January 15, 2017 / 8:10 am

    Some great mules, Jennifer!

    I like to add one or two “trendy” items to my wardrobe per season. This is a fun series!

    • Jennifer
      January 15, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Me too! It shoukd be fun to see how many embrace a touch of trend too.

  9. Laurel
    January 15, 2017 / 6:50 am

    Mules make me nervous ever since I twisted my ankle wearing them (with a heel) dancing in a conga line on a raised dance floor at a business convention. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. Ha! But I love the look. And the EF ones have me drooling.

    • Jennifer
      January 15, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Ouch!! I’ve only sprained my ankle once and it was brutal. My imagination is having a field day, Laurel. You wild one! Heels would make them much less stable. Thanks for sharing xo

  10. wendymm
    January 15, 2017 / 5:04 am

    Love these. For some reason, I cannot wear a mule! They really bother my ankles. But will be looking for similar styles but with something for the back of my feet!

    • Jennifer
      January 15, 2017 / 8:14 am

      I can’t wear ones with short toe boxes. But the ones that come higher on my foot seem to stay put well. Great to hear from you, Wendy. Congratulations on your book!!

  11. Pamela Lutrell
    January 15, 2017 / 4:04 am

    I love this trend and the styles you selected, Jennifer. These are great for work and casual. Thanks for shopping for us!

    • Jennifer
      January 15, 2017 / 8:12 am

      My pleasure! Virtual shopping is so easy.

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