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16 Spring Dresses for Every Budget and Occasion

Treat yourself to the best selections.

Design by Morgan McMullen

The sole reason I get excited about spring is because I can wear a dress again and not catch a cold. After months spent confined to sweaters and fleece-lined leggings, my legs are begging for sunlight and my arms are ready to be bronzed. So while we're only a few months into spring, I've already gathered quite the wish list of dresses. (It's scary, I know.) From your vacation whites to party-ready florals, ahead are 16 of the best dresses spring has to offer. Add them to cart before they completely sell out.

Gingham Shirred-Sleeve Wrap Dress
Madewell madewell.com

For those who like to keep it short and sweet, you'll appreciate this puffed shoulder-sleeve minidress from Madewell. The gingham print paired with a wrap dress design is classic for nice spring days. And since it's made of a linen-blend, you don't have to worry about overheating in this little number.  

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Double Breasted Linen Blend Sheath Dress
J.Crew nordstrom.com

This sleeveless, double-breasted dress is a good example of how to look buttoned up but not stuffy in the spring. You can wear this to work with pumps and then change into open-toe flat sandals for that much needed after-work drink. Wherever you're headed, this sheath dress is designed for you to throw on and go.

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Francesca Hemp Wrap Dress
Mara Hoffman net-a-porter.com

Mara Hoffman's signature puff-sleeve dress is worth me carrying a little Tide to Go pen everywhere. Not only is it environmentally-friendly (the fabric is made of hemp, which can be recycled, reused and is biodegradable), but it's also the definition of resort chic. For those seeking the perfect white dress to pack, this comes pretty damn close. Wear with shell embellished sandals like these.

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Limited-Edition Cross Strap Dress
Zara zara.com

You have some fancy events coming up and you need a black dress that works for the warm weather. Go for this sleeveless number with crisscross straps in the front. You can't see it in this photo, but there's even a sexy thigh-grazing slit on the left side. However, the dress still feels elegant and classy because of the dark hue and a completely covered up back. The party's all in the front.

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Ruched Maxi Dress in Foral Embroidery
Asos Design us.asos.com

This dress has all the makings of a springtime trendy piece, from the puff sleeves to the way the ruching gathers down the dress. This will help highlight your figure underneath the busy tangerine floral print. Need a place to wear this to? Try a friend's outdoor wedding. It'll look perfect in the sunlight on the 'gram.

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Coffe Bean Ruffled Bib Midi Dress
& Other Stories stories.com

The whimsical coffee bean print on this ruffle bib dress has me craving a mid-afternoon cappuccino. Though the print has completely won me over, what truly sold this dress are the useful front pockets. The perfect place to hide snacks. 

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Zora Croc-Effect Vegan Midi Dress
Nanushka net-a-porter.com

If you're thinking about finally investing in a piece from Nanushka, consider one of its buttery soft vegan leather pieces. The label just released one of its most popular dress silhouettes in a dusty pink croc-effect vegan leather. Iconic details include a row of asymmetrical buttons trailing down the front and a sweet belted waist. Wear with these delicate strappy heels

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Amazonia Short Dress
Farm Rio shopbop.com

Brazilian brand Farm Rio has finally come to the states and I couldn't be more excited. Not only are the clothes affordable, like this dress, but every piece comes in eye-popping palm leaf prints and colors. The rich hues will help to break up your wardrobe of neutrals for spring. 

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Nevaeh Smocked Midi Dress
Wayf nordstrom.com

Once you slip on this free-spirited vintage floral dress, you'll feel like skipping to the nearest flower field (or flower shop for us city folks) to create your own fragrant bouquet. It's loose, comfortable, and effortless to wear. Style with open-toed heels or sandals.

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Split Neck Maxi Dress
Lou & Grey nordstrom.com

This dress will remind you of a specific nostalgic childhood sweet: candy buttons. Dots of all rainbow hues appear in a line across the dress and are textured for that touch it kind of detail. The woven maxi dress is perfect for picnics or as a casual-fancy dress to wear on vacations.

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Sandrine Safari Dress
Chriselle Lim Collection nordstrom.com

Fashion influencer Chriselle Lim made the perfect day-to-night dress and this piece has sold out several times, so get it while you still can. The flap pockets and belt are sophisticated touches for the office whereas the sleeveless style works for more casual settings, like meeting up with your SO for dinner after work.

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Floral-Print Chiffon Dress
Michael Michael Kors net-a-porter.com

You can thank Michael Kors for creating a hibiscus-printed dress that works for multiple occasions. The lightweight chiffon will sit comfortable on your skin for that outdoor wedding and will just as easily transition into a work dress the following week—just add a belt and blazer. Unfortunately this dress doesn't come with the white belt, but here is one should you want

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Max Denim Minidress
Grlfrnd net-a-porter.com

You've worn jeans four times already this week. Switch it up, but stay in the denim realm, with this minidress. The utilitarian piece nips in the waist and is more formfitting than you'd expect for a denim dress. Wear with ankle socks and sneakers to show off your sporty side or lace-up sandal for a more feminine touch.

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Noemie Midi Dress
Faithfull the Brand shopbop.com

Don't blend in with your surroundings, stand out. This leopard print dress will help you feel confident and dominate whatever task is in front of you. Since the print is so intense, go easy on the accessories with simple pieces like hoop earrings and black sandals.

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Roxy Strapless Printed Cotton and Linen-Blend Dress
Amur modaoperandi.com

Save Amur's strapless tiered dress for your fanciest gatherings. The sustainable brand is known for its strikingly realistic floral designs in addition to its eco-friendly company mission. This dress, in particular, is made with a mix of organic cotton and linen. Standout details include a sweetheart neckline, a small cutout, and a pretty tropical print.

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The Japanese GoWeave Long-Sleeve Mini Wrap Dress
Everlane everlane.com

Everlane's do-it-all-wrap dress is perfect for wearing to the office with either flats or pumps. Though this dress already has sleeves for a covered-up look, you can slip on a blazer and/or denim jacket to add that extra layer of style. Perhaps while you're checking it all out in the mirror, slip on a necklace or pair of earrings too. 


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