Just because pastels are traditionally in for spring, it doesn’t mean that fashion staples like the LBD should get pushed aside. This favorite basic can be just as festive – add a floral shoe, bag and a few fresh accessories for a seasonal spin on this dark trend.

Start with a basic black dress in your silhouette of choice – a shift, babydoll or body-con look can all work well with this style. Then pile on the spring-inspired accessories: a floral statement necklace, cool cocktail ring or the perfect pair of earrings are all great ways to spice up your look. 

Don’t go overboard with the flowers – Fashionista Jen gets it right with this structured, chainstrap bag. Rather than match too closely with her yellow pumps, this metallic purse is the perfect piece to complete her outfit. The age-old rule that a shoe should be as dark as your hem doesn’t apply: footwear in bold, bright colors can work, just make sure they tie your trendy pieces together. 

Hint: The bright heel comes in a million different varieties. Try a peep toe pump, pink platform or a watercolor-inspired shoe to step into spring with your best foot forward.

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