11 Chic Outfits That Always Look Great With Birkenstocks

Years ago, Birkenstocks were very much considered fashion outliers. But over the past few years, they've exploded in popularity. After some extensive googling, I can confidently say that it was back in 2018 when the ultimate "ugly" sandals truly became accepted in fashion circles, which meant Birkenstocks started appearing everywhere.

Of course, it's more than that. There have been cool, high-profile collaborations with fashion brands such as Proenza Schouler and Rick Owens that have also piqued the interest of insiders and shoppers alike. And during the pandemic, these shoes have become the most sought-after in the world. Global fashion shopping platform Lyst even marked them as one of the most searched-for items last year.

These comfy shoes can be seen outside fashion shows and all over Instagram. While the classic two-strap sandals are a popular choice, there are also plenty of looks featuring the sell-out 'Boston' clog—perfect if you prefer a closed-toe. Birkenstock styling ideas are pretty easy to come by, and they're also incredibly varied, which is great news if you're looking for slides that have longevity and versatility. Although the outfits we've selected are all great, you'll no doubt find even more inspiration if you head to your own Insta feed. Trust me, they're everywhere. But for now, keep scrolling to see and shop our favourite Birkenstock outfits.

1. Cotton Dress + Knitted Vest

Birkenstock Outfits: @taffymsipa



Style Notes: For a laid-back look, take a tip from Taffy, who has dressed down her white cotton midi with a chunky knitted vest. The perfect outfit for a UK summer.

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This also comes in black, but it's selling out fast...

A great layering piece to carry you through the seasons. 

2. White Blouse + Cargo Trousers

Birkenstock Outfits: @monikh



Style Notes: Nothing says summer like a floaty white blouse. As we head into the warmer months, style yours with equally breezy (and trendy) cargo pants. Then slip on your Birkenstocks and you're ready to go.

I'm not much of a trouser girl, but the zip detail has won me over.

This shade will go well with your summer whites.

3. Linen Co-Ord

Style Notes: Linen shorts sets are having a moment right now; give them everlasting appeal with Birkenstocks and other leather accessories. 

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Ideal for lazy days spent luxuriating by the pool.

This set has brought me one step closer to booking a holiday.

4. Vest Top + Wide-Leg Trousers

Style Notes: Birkenstocks loan themselves perfectly to minimalist looks—a pair of wide-leg trousers and a vest top are all you need to look chic. 

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Reformation always delivers on the trouser front. 

The Birkenstocks that everyone wants right now. 

5. Striped Top + Straight Jeans

Style Notes: Birkenstocks are now considered a classic style investment, so take the easy styling route by pairing them with other wardrobe staples, such as Breton stripes and straight-leg denim. 

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So many influencers own this exact jumper. 

6. Printed Shirt + Miniskirt

Birkenstock Outfits: @alexachung



Style Notes: Alexa Chung has been championing Birkenstocks for years and is always serving up new ways to wear them over on her IG feed. Next up, I’m copying and pasting this denim-skirt-and-printed-shirt look. 

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A fun addition to any wardrobe. 

What I love about Birkenstocks is the mix of black and tan, which opens up a multitude of accessory options. 

7. Bright Knit + Linen Shorts

Style Notes: One to bookmark for the high-summer months, this is perfect for heatwave dressing and beach days. 

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The most cheerful knit you’ll see this season.

These will keep your feet cosy on even the coolest of summer days. 

8. Midi Dress + Raffia Bag

Style Notes: Birkenstocks work just as well with dresses as they do with trousers and jeans. Case in point: Francesca's dreamy midi. 

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I imagine styling these shoes with chunky socks come autumn.

9. Chic Jacket + Ecru Jeans

Birkenstock Outfits: @emilyjdawes



Style Notes: Also ideal for transitioning between seasons, pair your Birkenstocks with ecru denim and a thick jacket for a look you’ll wear right through to later in the year as proven by our very own Emily Dawes.

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This shade is a fashion-person favourite. 

I hear so many great things about these H&M jeans. 

The rose gold buckle looks so sleek. 

10. Floral Dress + Gold Jewellery

Style Notes: For a truly easy Birkenstock outfit, just wear them with your favourite floral dress. Add touches of gold jewellery to make the whole look. work for summer drinks or warm office days.

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Karina’s Dôen dress is now sold out, but this fresh style is just as beautiful. 

You should need no further convincing by this point…

11. Printed Trousers + Simple Shirt

Birkenstock Outfits: @smythsisters



Style Notes: Not everything has to be pared back where Birkenstocks are concerned. Wear them in tandem with a simple top to help ground jazzier trousers or skirts. 

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The perfect linen shirt does exist. 

One of the coolest sets I’ve seen this season. 

Suede fabrics look softer against lighter-coloured outfits. 

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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