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The sole reason I get excited about spring is that I can wear a dress again and not catch a cold. After months spent confined to wearing my favorite sweaters, fleece-lined sweatpants and leggings, my legs beg for sunlight and my arms are ready to be bronzed. But…the springtime can still feel like we’re very much stuck in the middle of winter.
Rather than dwell on this sad, sad fact, I'm cheering myself up by buying a bunch of warm weather-approved dresses that will help me get through those end-of-winter blues. By the time that 70-degree weather actually rolls around, my spirits will not only be lifted but my wardrobe will be armed with the season's finest selection of frocks. From your vacation whites to party-ready florals, ahead are 22 of the best spring dresses to shop right now. And no, not all florals are created equal—which is why I’ve included a few different options on this list.
The Drop Ellen Puff-Sleeve Open Back Midi Shirt Dress
This brown shirt dress features a sleek cutout at the back for added ventilation when the weather heats back up.
Treasure & Bond Hooded Long Sleeve Sweater Dress
For your more casual day-off type of days, consider picking up this hooded mini dress from Treasure & Bond.
STAUD Bait Vegan Leather-Trimmed Cotton-Blend Poplin Midi Dress
How chic are the leather accents on this white poplin dress from STAUD? It's the ideal combination between sweet and edgy.
RIXO Marianna Shirred Floral-Print Crepe Midi Dress
This mint-green floral dress from RIXO has all the makings of a perfect spring day dress: a bright color, a sweet pattern, and a flowy silhouette.
RAHI Luster Cutout Minidress
If you've got somewhere fancy to go this spring, check out this silky mini dress from RAHI. The cutouts on the side show a little skin, but not too much.
Miaou Ginger Dress
The spring weather brings with it the chance to don a pretty pastel shade. This lavender-hued mini dress from cool-girl-approved brand Miaou is so sweet.
COS Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress
If you want to wear a dress but you don't want to deal with discomfort, this oversized COS frock is going to be your new favorite thing.
Everlane Corduroy Mini Dress
This dress from Everlane looks great layered over a turtleneck now and will look perfect on its own once the weather warms up!
BP. Printed Tie Front Minidress
This pretty (and affordable!) floral dress from BP. is so easy to style. Plus, it's a great way to experiment with color after so many months of wearing nothing but black.
H&M Jacquard-Weave Shirt Dress
Another day, another floral midi dress that I can't wait to wear. This easy-to-style shirt dress from H&M is great for your eventual return to the office.
Lucky Brand Women's Sleeveless Knotted Strap Tank Dress
Going on vacation this spring and want to pack light? Throw this versatile blue mini dress from Lucky Brand into your carry-on!
Madewell Drawstring Faux-Wrap Mini Dress
If you want be the kind of person who wears florals but you don't want to give up on your fall and winter-approved color palette, check out this frock from Madewell.
AFRM Amina Mesh Midi Slipdress
AFRM's selection of midi dresses is second-to-none, and this fun tie-dyed version is currently on sale right now at Nordstrom for less than $50.
Zara Draped Dress
The early spring can still be chilly, and a long sleeve dress like this one in a refreshing hue is a great pick. You can easily dress it up with a pair of heeled booties or strappy sandals. Or, go for a more casual look with a set of sneakers.
Anthropologie Somerset Maxi Dress
Available in petite, regular, and plus sizing, this floral frock will be a charming addition to your spring wardrobe. It’ll look just as great with western boots as it will with wedge espadrilles and flat sandals.
Reformation Kenzi Dress
Feminine and romantic, this mini dress's empire waist, fitted bodice, and long sleeves make it a winner. It's also available in a ditsy floral print, a bold pink hue, and classic black.
LPA Bambina Dress
This playful polka dot dress is a classic style you’ll turn to for years to come. Add a pair of slide sandals and a woven tote for a relaxed daytime outfit, and style the button-front silhouette with white strappy sandals and gold hoops for a dressier look.
Anthropologie Elyse Bias Slip Midi Dress
You can’t go wrong with a classic midi slip dress. Before it really warms up, you can layer a fitted top underneath or toss on your favorite jacket or cardigan to keep the chill at bay.
Mango Printed Knit Dress
Not afraid of a bold dress? Check out this pink and red tiger stripe style with a rounded neckline and three-quarter sleeves. Let the dress be the star of the show, and keep your accessories simple.
Zimmermann Rosa Laced Picnic Dress
If you have a spring wedding, bridal shower, or another event on the calendar that requires a fancier look, this Zimmermann dress should be on your radar. The linen dress has a beautiful floral print, but it’s the special details, like the scallop trim and faux button closures at the front and back, that really make it a standout style.
Julia Marzovilla is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire covering all things fashion, beauty, and entertainment. Offline, she’s most likely browsing the web for another pair of black boots or listening to music too loudly—often at the same time.