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8 Best Dress and Shoe Combinations for Spring

woman wearing black tshirt maxi dress carrying white structured shoulder bag

Here in New York, we hit the 80ºF mark recently, and while I sweat my way through the jeans I mistakenly wore on my walk to the grocery store that day, it got me thinking about how I needed a serious reboot in my spring wardrobe STAT. These dramatic high temperature days and lows at night call for some easy dresses that can be layered effortlessly with cardigans, trench coats, and more. And I couldn’t help but imagine all the cute ways to wear them with the season’s trending shoes, as well. So I took to Instagram to scour for a little extra inspiration, and came up with 8 easy dress and shoe combinations that anyone can pull off. Seriously—thesis outfit ideas are that easy.

All of the dress shapes I found just happen to be extremely comfortable, too. You’ll find plenty of slinky, column dresses and bodycon knit shapes that can be paired with everything from ballet flats to strappy, kitten heels, and a few fit-and-flare styles that were made to be worn with cool, flat sandals and sporty sneakers. Although these dress and shoe styles are all seeing a rise in fashion, they are pretty much classics that you won’t ever regret purchasing—they’ll always be in style. Go ahead, get inspired with some of my favorites below.

Ribbed Knit Dress + Strappy Kitten Heels

woman wearing white rib knit long sleeve midi dress with oversized straw sun hat, black sunglasses, black strappy sandals, in front of a wall tapestry

As you transition your wardrobe into the warmer months, a rib-knit dress in white feels weather appropriate, yet still provides a bit of coverage when the temperatures dip at night. Pair with a black, strappy kitten heel for an effortlessly simple and stylish look that you can wear to the office, dinner with friends, and more.

Sleek Column Dress + Mary Janes

woman wearing black column dress with cap sleeve and black Mary Jane shoes, holding white structured shoulder bag, against marbled wall

Go gallery chic with a long, black column dress that screams fashion-forward. When paired with black, Mary Jane flats, it’s a match made in heaven. Add equally cool accessories such as a single bangle bracelet and an optic white handbag for a little contrast, and you’re good to go.

Red Stretch Dress + Leopard Pumps

woman wearing red cap sleeve body con dress, leopard peep toe mule shoes, black pouch drawstring bag, in apartment setting

It’s no secret that we are obsessed with the color red these days. Right now, we are lusting after this slightly darker, cranberry shade in form-fitting dress silhouettes. We love the idea of ​​these frocks paired with a little leopard print, for a nod to the nineties that somehow doesn’t feel too retro.

Polka Dot Slip + Retro Sneakers

woman wearing polka dot midi dress, cardigan, quilted shoulder bag, white socks, white Onitsuka tiger Mexico 66 sneakers, crossing cobblestone street

If you are preparing for a Euro trip anytime soon (or any city destination for that matter), this pairing will keep you moving through 15K steps per day, long museum lines, and many espresso stops. Break up the dainty polk dot pattern with a retro-inspired sneaker and don’t forget the scrunched, cotton socks!

Smocked, Puffed-Sleeve Dress + Pointed-Toe Mules

woman wearing black smocked Doen puff sleeve maxi dress with pointed mule shoes holding black clutch crossing sidewalk street

If you still are yearning to keep those cottage core vibes going (let’s face it, a breezy dress is always on trend), try pairing your smocked dresses with a point-toe mule heel for a fresh styling idea. It’s equal parts romantic, polished, and oh-so-fabulous.