Mary Jane shoes may have been first worn by little girls in school houses and Sunday church, but many shoe companies have redesigned the shoes to fit big girls too. Mary Janes signature look is the leather, rounded toe box, and the strap that stretches across the instep of the foot. While traditional Mary Jane shoes were black, strappy flats, high fashion has given them new life in various colours and styles.

Women can add few inches with Mary Jane wedges and heels; some athletic shoe companies even have Mary Jane inspired footwear. One of the best attributes of Mary Janes is they can be worn with so many outfits, and the shoe style will help women decide which outfit to wear. Ladies and little girls have a wide variety of Mary Janes and stylish accessories to choose from whether shopping at department stores, fashion boutiques, designer websites, and online marketplaces such as eBay.

Mary Jane shoes have a reputation for being versatile and easy to match. Ladies can wear a pair with socks, tights, or nothing. Mary Janes can be worn with nearly any type of bottom: shorts, trousers, dresses, and skirts. The sections below will give women an idea of how to stylishly match their outfits with their Mary Janes.

With Socks

Mary Janes worn with socks is the quintessential schoolgirl look. While some women may want to steer clear of this look in professional settings, wearing Mary Janes and knee high socks, striped or solid, coupled with a not-too-short pencil skirt is a flirty outfit for a night on the town.


With Tights

Women can wear a dark pair of thin tights with a set of Mary Janes during the autumn and winter. Shoppers should avoid tights that are too thick to keep them from bunching around the buckle. Women can also wear tights and Mary Janes with skirts that would otherwise be too short for bare legs.


With Shorts

Ladies can wear a pair of Mary Janes in conjunction with shorts, but there are a few rules to follow. The first is to avoid wearing denim shorts with them; women should also choose a simple pair of shorts with no accents that are not too revealing. Women should also steer clear of wearing revealing tops; long sleeves tops often look best with shorts and Mary Janes.


With Skirts

When it comes to wearing Mary Janes and skirts, women may be tempted to opt for short, but they should resist the urge. Instead, ladies look best with a form fitting pencil skirt. Mary Jane wedges, stilettos, and flats all look stunning with a flattering skirt.


With Trousers

If women want to wear Mary Janes with trousers, women must select a pair that will not overshadow the shoes. Therefore, women should avoid bootcut and flared trousers, and instead wear tapered leg or skinny trousers. To really make a pair of dark coloured Mary Janes pop, women should wear a pair of white or khaki trousers with them.

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With Dresses

Mary Janes and the simple looking cocktail dress were practically made for each other, but women should never pair black with black. If the dress is black, then wear another coloured shoe; if the dress is coloured, then black is an acceptable colour to wear.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Mary Jane Shoes

In addition to understanding how to style Mary Janes, women should also consider the following pieces of information to buy the most flattering pair. Some women are concerned the Mary Jane strap will shorten the length of their legs, but there are a few measures to take to ensure they do not. First, petite women should avoid straps over 1 cm thick. Thinner straps will minimise the attention at the ankle. Another way to divert attention away from the ankle is to buy Mary Janes with a low-setting strap. Women with wide feet who want to lengthen their appearance should shy away from the traditional round toe box and look for a pointed one. Mary Janes made of quality leather typically form to the feet better than patent leather. Canvas and other cotton based fabrics are breathable and comfortable and can be worn painlessly for hours on end.