There are few wardrobe staples as glorious as a summer dress. When you find the right one, it’s magic. Whether it’s a breathable fabric that drapes just right, an unexpected print that feels extra romantic, or a simple silhouette that somehow goes with everything, there’s no arguing that a warm-weather dress is the season’s bread and butter. Once you’ve nailed down a few that you love, your next step is to pick a pair of shoes to wear with it. Though we’re in favor of securing a pair of cute sneakers and flat sandals to add to the rotation, we also strongly believe a pair of heels can make the appeal of a summer dress even stronger.
Right now, the heel trends we’re seeing the most of are decidedly strappy iterations and low-heel interpretations. These relaxed-yet-refined shapes are ideal for wearing with summer dresses because they’re not overly dressy but also add instant polish. To illustrate our point, we rounded up of seven standout dress-and-heel pairings from Instagram’s most inspiring influencers. Scroll below and be sure to shop your favorite formulas for the months to come.
Style Notes: Wear a micro-print slip dress with a pair of ankle-strap heels for a festive party look that works from afternoon to evening.
Style Notes: Add a touch of bohemian flair to your aesthetic with a long-sleeve mini teamed with low-heel sandals.
Style Notes: Make a bold statement by wearing your favorite ankle-strap sandals with a long, dramatic white dress.
Style Notes: Add a pop of color by way of an elegant red dress styled with strappy sandals.
Style Notes: When in doubt, reach for a floral minidress and white heels—works every time.
Style Notes: Looking to test-drive something new this summer? Try a ruched dress with heeled thong sandals.
Style Notes: Make this effortlessly flattering look your new weekend go-to ensemble.
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