By Marina Liao
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 beg for sunlight and my arms are ready to be bronzed. But...we're still stuck in the middle of winter. Instead of dwelling on this, though, I'm buying a bunch of warm-weather dresses to get me through the winter blues. By the time that 70-degree weather rolls around, my spirits will not only be lifted but my wardrobe will be armed with the season's finest selection of dresses. From your vacation whites to party-ready florals, ahead are 16 of the best spring dresses to shop right now.
H&M Shirt Dress
Since everyone at the office will be in a denim jacket for spring, go a different route with a denim shirtdress. This one comes in three colors (my second pick would be the white!) and can even be unbuttoned all the way so you can wear it like a light coat. I love this two-in-one option.
Cecilie Bahnsen Rita Puff-Sleeve Open Back Dress
On my list of dream dresses to own is one by Cecilie Bahnsen, one of Copenhagen's most recognized designers. Her creations usually take the shape of a voluminous silhouette, like this open-back dress. The thin ties in the back look delicate when holding together all that material. Sign me up for one, or two, of everything from her fashion line.
English Factory Colorblock Maxi Dress
A multicolored dress you can layer under a transitional jacket for work or wear over your swimsuit to the beach. Buy it now and hang in your closet so that the hues lift you out of your winter funk. It won't be long before those happy-go-lucky feelings of spring roll around.
Kate Spade New York Tweed Dress
Is there a season where tweed isn't acceptable? No, and this dress proves it. Even though the weather is becoming warmer, you can still wear this thicker material in the form of a lively pink tweed mini dress. Pair it with sandal or ankle boots, it's a tailored look for the office that can't go wrong.
Lost Ink Smock Dress in Ditsy Floral Print
From far away this frilly dress looks like it's closed in polka dots, but up close you'll find it's a funky floral print. The style is loose and not fitted, though the ruffles give the dress some sort of dimension to make it pop on your figure. Add a little bit of color with the right earrings and you have an effortless, spring ensemble.
Staud Garden Balloon Sleeve Shift Dress
Aside from the fine china-inspired blue print, the most interesting design about this dress is the balloon sleeve. The sheer fabric over the sleeves is a smart way to add an additional element without exposing any more skin, just in case the spring temperatures haven't hit their stride yet.
& Other Stories Puff Shoulder Midi Smocked Dress
Square necklines and strong shoulder designs won't be disappearing from your closet come spring, so if you bought any of those pieces from last year, keep them. Don't own a single thing with a square neckline or ruched shoulder? Here's a smocked dress that will help you hop on the trend.
Chloé Ruffled Silk-Charmeuse Mini Dress
With all those upcoming spring weddings to attend, you'll need a dress that draws in those Insta likes but won't outshine the bride on her big day. This romantic Chloé number does the job and exceeds all expectations for a wedding guest look.
Tailored by Rebecca Taylor Mixed Pinstripe Long Sleeve Blazer Dress
Rebecca Taylor's workwear category is where you'll want to turn to for office-appropriate pieces like this pinstriped blazer dress. The fine white lines are much less harsh than stark stripes while the belt ensures a fitted silhouette, so you'll still feel feminine in the board room. Now this is a power woman dress.
Rouje Red Floral Dress
If you're still on that French girl kick for your outfits, you'll have to check out Rouje. This brand is focused on giving you Parisian vibes with easy garments like this '80s-inspired floral v-neck dress. Just wait, all your friends will be asking what is the brand you're wearing.
Dolce & Gabbana Pleated Printed Cotton Poplin Mini Dress
The drawings on this fit-and-flare dress is more than enough to make up for the lack of color in the garment. The design is a whimsy mix of depictions from a table to a vase to a birdcage, all showcasing Sicilian elegance.
Zara Combination Dress
Minimalists aren't concerned with wearing the loudest print or color in the room. Therefore, I present to you this two-toned silky dress that's sophisticated and classic but not boring. Rock this with a cute little mule sandal and your everyday work tote for an effortless outfit when you're in that Monday rush.
English Factory Tie-Dye Fitted Sleeveless Dress
Making my own tie-dye dress would be disastrous (I've only mastered tees so far), so I'll be adding this to my wishlist. It's a good piece to have when you're tired of all your floral frocks or cotton maxis.
Nanushka Zora Croc-Effect Vegan Midi Dress
If you're thinking about finally investing in a piece from Nanushka, consider one of its buttery soft vegan leather pieces like this dusty pink dress. Iconic details include a row of asymmetrical buttons trailing down the front and a sweet belted waist. Wear with these delicate strappy heels.
Mara Hoffman Francesca Hemp Wrap Dress
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.
Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Long-Sleeve Mini Wrap Dress
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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