11 Dress and Bootie Combos You Can Count On All Spring Long

Combo #1

Perfect For: All girls who want to crawl inside one of Free People's light-saturated lookbooks and never, ever leave.

Dress It Up: Use a wristload of bangles (just don't get too matchy-matchy; a mix of different colors and shapes looks less forced) and swept back hair to make it work for a party.

Dress It Down: Throw on a short denim jacket and floppy felt hat for a laidback look that's a slightly boho, but still city street friendly.

Summer Shoe Swap: D'Orsay flats with an ankle strap.

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As if planning a good outfit isn't tough enough, April's temperamental weather makes it twice as hard. Even on sunny, bright mornings, your smart phone has an ominous prediction for possible rainfall and temperatures that'll fluctuate from 35 to 55 and back again in less than six hours. So basically you've got to dress for two seasons without looking like you did it in the dark—who has time to figure that out?!

We certaintly don't. That's why we're huge fans of a good ankle bootie and lightweight dress ensemble. It provides the best of both worlds: while heavier shoes make it easier to still wear tights and socks, floaty shifts, fit-and-flares and maxis keep them from killing your springtime buzz. To help you master the look, we've included 11 foolproof combinations in the slideshow, with options for every style sensibility—click through to see which suits yours.

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