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6 Different Ways to Style Dresses with Flats

A time-saving throw-on-and-go dress is only as good as its most effortless shoe pairing. To save you the frustration of the sneakers-or-sandals debate, we compiled our favorite fail-safe formulas for spring.

1

MINIDRESS +
LACE-UP SANDALS

While you might be inclined to pair a dress this pretty with heels, strappy sandals can be just as sexy—especially if you lace them high around the calves instead of at the ankles.

  1. Agua by Agua Bendita
              Dress
    Agua by Agua Bendita Dress goop, $440
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  3. Porte & Paire sandals
    Porte & Paire sandals Net-a-Porter, $215
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2

SLEEK DRESS + PLATFORM SNEAKERS

A pitch-black utility dress means business. Which is why chunky pastel sneakers make such an unexpected (and delightful) pairing.

  1. G. Label Grossman utility dress
    G. Label Grossman utility minidress goop, $525
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  3. Stella McCartney sneakers
    Stella McCartney sneakers MatchesFashion, $595
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3

SWEATERDRESS + JUTE SANDALS

Go all in on texture by slipping on a pair of braided jute slingbacks (this pair is handwoven by Ibizan artisans) with the ribbed sweaterdress you lived in all winter.

  1. Mara Hoffman Dress
    Mara Hoffman Dress goop, $495
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  3. Of Origin .OO. sandals
    Of Origin .OO. sandals goop, $201
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Wear It With

A multicolor cashmere wrap (for pure sensorial joy) and a Jacquard bag that adds dimension.

  1. Gabriela Hearst Wrap
    Gabriela Hearst Wrap Gabriela Hearst, $2,650
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  2. Sheryl Lowe ring
    Sheryl Lowe ring goop, $2,200
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  3. Loewe bag
    Loewe bag Loewe, $2,600
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4

SHIRTDRESS + PREPPY KICKS

Midriff-baring slits take this shirtdress from classic to decidedly cool. Add a pair of white low-tops to keep the collegiate vibes going strong.

  1. Victoria Beckham Dress
    Victoria Beckham Dress goop, $750
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  3. Veja
              Sneakers
    Veja Sneakers goop, $105
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5

KNIT DRESS + SPORTY SANDALS

Temper the sleek lines of a figure-skimming knit dress with a fashion-y take on the Velcro sandals you romped around in as a kid.

  1. G. Label brooke henley sweaterdress
    G. Label brooke henley sweaterdress goop, $595
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  3. The Row sandals
    The Row sandals Net-a-Porter, $990
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6

WHITE DRESS + A POP OF COLOR

Neon will always stand out, but even more so against something so minimalist. We love how the sporty design of these sandals offsets the elegant drape of the dress.

  1. ESSE
            Dress
    ESSE Dress goop, $611
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  3. Hereu Sandals
    Hereu Sandals goop, $430
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Wear It With

A crossbody bag gives shape to the relaxed silhouette, while a wrist stack will draw the eye to those beautifully gathered sleeves.

  1. Ariel Gordon Bracelet
    Ariel Gordon Bracelet goop, $3,695
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  2. Bottega Veneta
            bag
    Bottega Veneta bag Net-a-Porter, $1,250
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  3. Ariel Gordon bracelet
    Ariel Gordon bracelet goop, $825
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