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How to Wear Gladiator Sandals: The Summer Must-Have

Gladiator sandals are one of this season's biggest trends. After making a statement on the runway, they've popped up in multiple forms, from retro ankle-length versions to metallic thigh-high pairs. Granted, a trend this bold can be pretty tricky to style, so we found 16 trendy bloggers to show you how to wear gladiator sandals this summer!

With a Party Dress

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Tired of your barely-there sandals and cocktail dress combo? Try a pair of stiletto-heeled gladiator sandals to freshen up party looks. We love how Wendy's Lookbook dressed up her suede gladiator sandals with a one-shoulder frock and a mini bag.

Photo: Wendy's Lookbook

With a Retro Skirt

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A tall gladiator sandal is perfectly in line with the season's '70s revival. Opt for simple pieces to keep your look modern. Think dark-wash denim mini skirt and black gladiator sandals, as Sheryl of Walk in Wonderland did.

Photo: Walk in Wonderland

With a Midi Dress

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Letting a pair of knee-high gladiator sandals snake up above a midi dress is alluring without actually revealing much. For the most effective results, choose a dress in a color similar to your sandals, as Zina of Fashionvibe did.

Photo: Fashionvibe

With Cutoffs

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If you're wondering how to wear gladiator sandals on a casual day, try this outfit we spotted on Geneva of A Pair and a Spare. Team them with other wardrobe staples, too, like cutoffs and a military jacket.

Photo: A Pair and a Spare

On Vacation

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Even if you're packing light for vacation, you won't want to be without a pair of gladiator sandals. An ankle-length pair is easy to make room for in your suitcase and versatile to wear. Aimee of Song of Style teamed hers with a festive cropped top and cutoffs, which we'll be copying ASAP.

Photo: Song of Style

With an LBD

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A simple, fuss-free LBD can handle heavier sandals, like these knee-high gladiators on Blair of Atlantic Pacific. Look to this effortless outfit for an example of how to wear gladiator sandals on a casual day in the city or out to dinner with girlfriends.

Photo: Atlantic Pacific

To Travel

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Cute traveling outfits are all about practicality, and in the summer that means lots of layers and comfy shoes. A flat pair of gladiator sandals—that aren't too difficult to tie—lets you move about with ease. This thin-strapped pair on Valerie of Simple et Chic nicely balances out her heavy cardigan, too.

Photo: Simple et Chic

To Brunch

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Tan suede is the name of the accessories game this season, so these gladiators will get a lot of wear. We'll be copying this chic outfit on Charlotte of The Fashion Guitar for weekend brunches with the girls.

Photo: The Fashion Guitar

With a Peasant Dress

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Julia of Gal Meets Glam gives us another chic and easy option for wearing gladiator sandals this summer. A peasant dress—mini or maxi—plays up the boho vibe of these lace-up sandals. Stick to cognac shades and gold jewelry to work in the '70s trend, too.

Photo: Gal Meets Glam

On the Beach

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Pink Peonies blogger Rachel's metallic gladiator sandals are the perfect pair to dress up or down. For carefree summer style, she wore them on vacation with an off-the-shoulder dress and a pretty straw tote. They'd also work with a colorful dress or an LBD for a beach wedding.

Photo: Pink Peonies

With a Romper

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Is there anything easier for summer dressing than a cute romper? Sazan uses gladiator sandals to quickly elevate a super simple outfit.

Photo: Sazan

On Date Night

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Need a new look for date night? Wendy's Lookbook has the perfect way to wear gladiator sandals on a night out. Her tall gladiator sandals with a little heel are much more suitable for dressing up than a flat pair. Just add a mini dress! Pairing high sandals with a higher hemline gives the gladiator sandal a sexy spin.

Photo: Wendy's Lookbook

With a Trench Coat

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As the weather transitions, look to the layering skills of Nina of Hello Shopping. Style a tall pair of black gladiator sandals with a mini dress and a long trench coat.

Photo: Hello Shopping

To a Festival

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Summer festivals are probably the most obvious place to wear gladiator sandals. But that doesn't mean you have to look like everyone else there. Take a cue from Jennifer of Native Fox, and tone down the rest of your look to let the sandals make your statement.

Photo: Native Fox

With an Off-the-Shoulder Dress

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Courtney of What Courtney Wore knows how to make gladiator sandals work for nearly any summer occasion. A cute off-the-shoulder dress and a statement clutch work perfectly with this metallic pair.

Photo: What Courtney Wore

To the Beach

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Want to stand out on the beach this season? Team a tall pair of gladiator sandals with a lace romper and oversized sunglasses, as seen on Peace Love Shea.

Photo: Peace Love Shea

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