There are so many dress trends to get excited about this season. From Barbie-pink minis to minimalist '90s-style maxis, the S/S 23 runways were fruitful in the frock department. And the same can be said for the high street's offering. Just one look at the new-in sections, and you'll see the resurgence of slinky slip dresses on the one hand and an array of oversized knitted silhouettes on the other, so it’s safe to say just about every style and taste has been catered to this season.
Of course, you'll need to right footwear to pair with your new dresses. And since it's still cold outside, boots are the obvious choice. I don't know about you, but from October until at least early April, my boot collection takes pride of place in my shoe-drobe and all the pumps, sandals and trainers get shoved to the back. So it's lucky that boots + a dress = a match made in heaven.
It's difficult to go wrong with this combination, but there are certain pairings that are particularly chic. Scroll on to see our favourite examples of wearing dresses and boots while we wait for spring to come around.
1. Neutral Knitted Dress + White Boots
Style Notes: Instead of defaulting to dark tones at this time of year, step out in top-to-toe neutrals like Anne-Victoire did. White boots feel fresh and go so well with beige, sand and off-white shades.
2. Bright Slip Dress + Western Boots
Style Notes: Hands up if you struggle to style slip dresses in February? I'm with you, and I've found that the edginess of Western-style boots balances things out beautifully. Just layer a blazer on top to beat the chill.
3. Mini Dress + Knee-High Boots
Style Notes: Ah, this classy combination always feels reminiscent of the '60s. Opt for a pointed toe rather than a square toe if you're aiming for a more modern look.
4. Floral Midi Dress + Patent Knee-High Boots
Style Notes: It's like floral midi dresses and knee-high boots were destined to be worn together, and Frann has absolutely nailed the look.
5. Party Dress + Pointed Boots
Style Notes: Planning your after-dark attire for an upcoming event or dinner? No need for ankle-baring stilettos—a pair of pointed boots with a narrow heel will complement your going-out dresses.
6. Wrap Dress + Slouchy Suede Boots
Style Notes: Midi dresses and knee-highs are perhaps this season's most-worn combination, and we especially love how wrap styles look with suede boots. This look is one of my favourites at this time of year, especially when worn with a trench coat.
7. Black Maxi Dress + Black Knee-High Boots
Photo:@alexisforeman wearing Inwear
Style Notes: A simple black dress and boots is a winning combo. Add a blazer over the top like Alexis did for added polish.
8. Animal-Print Dress + Chunky Boots
Style Notes: The fashion world's affinity for animal print will never waver. Right now, we're wearing our leopard- and zebra-adorned dresses with chunky lug-soled boots. Edgy, right?