If there's one thing we know our readers are buying right now, it's dresses. Whether it's a green floral tea-length dress or a polka-dot wrap, it seems we're all a little obsessed with wearing them once the weather finally warms up. The best thing about this season's key styles is you can wear them to your best friend's wedding or on a Sunday afternoon to brunch.
So how does one increase the versatility a dress, you ask? The easiest way to make the season's best dress styles work for both occasions all comes down to the footwear. For example, simply swap sneakers for kitten heels and your dress can work for an entirely different dress code. So what shoes should you pair with your new-season dresses? See the shoe-and-dress formulas that go together like, well, gin and tonic.
1. The Midi and Midi Rule
When it comes to dresses and shoes, Who What Wear UK's Hannah Almassi swears by the "midi and midi rule." When wearing a calf-length dress, pair it with a low block heel or sandal. This is a tried-and-tested wedding winner.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Available in sizes 34 to 42.
2. Tea-Length Dresses and Cowboy Boots
Cowboy boots are one of the leading shoe trends for this season, and they are perfect for toughening up your pretty dresses and making them more appropriate for daytime. Alexa Chung is a big fan of this pairing too.
Available in sizes UK 6 to 14.
Available in sizes 4.5 to 11.5.
3. Sneakers and Fancy Frocks
One way to wear your fancy dresses you might otherwise only wear for weddings is to pair them with a pair of flat tennis shoes, like British It girl Lucy Williams with her Vejas. Although clunky sneakers are trending this summer, it's the simpler sneakers that really look best with dresses.
Available in sizes 2 to 12.
Available in sizes 36 to 41.
4. Shorter Hemlines + Chunky Block Heels
See above for proof that shorter day dresses look perfect when balanced with a chunkier heel sandal.
Available in sizes XS to 3X.
Available in sizes 6 to 10.5.
5. Sundresses and Backless Slippers
Babouche sandals are a key style for summer, and they look amazing when paired with all types of dresses, particularly summery wrap dresses like the above Ganni style.
Available in sizes FR 34 to 42.
Available in sizes 35 to 40.
I personally want them all.
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Originally published on Who What Wear UK on April 12, 2018.