Rocking boots with a frock in the heat of summer may not be your first inclination, but it’s the kind of unexpected styling that can elevate a simple sundress into a hot fashion commodity. Learn to work this angle, and when warm weather hits, you just might leave your sandals in the closet.

The Kind and Color

For summer, swap knee-high boots for shorter versions, such as ankle boots, shooties, peep-toe booties and mid-calf styles. Also, keep the color light for summer. Replace heavy black boots with a sand, camel, taupe or gray pair when the mercury rises. Look for a low- or mid-heel, or a stacked or chunky variety, to keep the vibe casual and relaxed. Wear an A-line floral dress with tan low-cut cowboy boots or a pair of low-heel stone-colored ankle booties. Finish either look with a stack of bangles or a pendant necklace, and carry a cross-body bag in a complementary neutral hue.