At this point, a floral dress for spring can feel so trite and done—until you pair it with something as unexpected as a pair of laced-up hiking-inspired boots (or in some cases, actual hiking boots), that is. Our muse? Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton at the 2016 Met Gala where a pair of badass boots perfectly offset her pretty printed dress.
And just like that, our boots are out of storage and our sandals on standby. Unlike other fashion pairings that share the same aesthetic (blazer and button-downs, white tee and jeans, and so on), this floral dress-hiking boot combo is not only a surprising one, but it also transcends seasons—garden-party florals bloomed throughout the spring collections, while combat and hiking boots stomped on the fall 2016 runways at Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Tod's. Together, it's Annie Oakley meets Daria (with maybe a little bit of Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild).
The toughness from the boots hardens the delicacy and preciousness from ditsy florals and sweet pastels. The end result? A look that's wonderfully rugged, yet effortlessly pretty—a look that could convince people that you could scale a mountain or hike the PCT no problem. Embrace the combo with seven floral dress-and-hiking boot pairings, below.