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The 7 Best Spring Dresses to Ease Into Warmer Weather

The 7 Best Spring Dresses to Ease Into Warmer Weather

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Trees are blooming, days are longer, and there’s a fresh energy in the air. Your vitamin-D-deficient wardrobe can feel it too, as the best spring dresses are calling. With designers introducing fresh styles on the daily, now’s the perfect time to round out your closet with versatile options you can wear on repeat.
Street style looks from Fashion Month have caused a number of spring fashion dress trends to take off, from cutout styles that blur the lines between elegant and edgy to vibrant shirtdresses that added a pop of color on wintry streets. Tried-and-true silhouettes like flirty minis and slip dresses made appearances too, with subtle tweaks in styling (like pairing with thigh-high boots or puddle-proof shoes) to bring them into the now.
After an endless winter, the best spring dresses feel like a breath of fresh air—and the fashion trends dominating offer a little something for everyone. Check them out below.

The Cut-Out Midi
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Designers have taken “hole punching” to new heights, with midi dresses featuring all kinds of cutouts, slits, and unique twists for a next-level ab reveal. We’re especially fond of Reformation’s long-sleeve midi dress (the strappy detailing on the neckline is everything), which hits the sweet spot of being both sexy and transitional-weather appropriate. Andrea Iyamah’s plum midi dress is another best seller that’s perfect for a summer wedding.
The Shirtdress
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Equal parts easygoing and elegant, shirtdresses are an undefeated spring classic. Longer styles work well on their own, but you can also nail the look with just an oversized button-up—add a belt if you want to give an A-line silhouette. Plus, thanks to its inherent versatility, a roomy long-sleeve shirt can also be tucked into jeans or worn open over a swimsuit as a beach cover-up.
The Effortless Slip Dress
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Slip dresses are to spring what knits are to winter—essential and a no-brainer to style, whether you’re wearing yours with a cropped jacket and rain boots or with a blazer and sneakers. If you already have a classic black slip dress, introduce some color to your wardrobe by way of a pretty pastel that’s great for tonal dressing. With the right accessories, slip dresses can also work for summer or early fall weddings.
The Everyday Mini
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Minidresses may be your typical summer fare, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ease them into your spring wardrobe. The key to making a shorter hemline work during cooler days is by pairing it with taller boots—knee- and thigh-high boots are both great choices—then topping off with some kind of versatile jacket, like a trench coat or oversized blazer that allows you to secretly wear thinner layers underneath. Opt for a short-sleeve chiffon mini, a strapless or sleeveless number, or a V-neck silhouette with sweet puffed sleeves.
The Party Dress
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Blame it on the “vibe shift,” the Euphoria craze, or the night luxe aesthetic, but miniskirts are back, and so are micro-mini dresses. Halter styles, cowl necklines, and open-back numbers are dominating right now, especially in bold neons—think vibrant, outgoing colors that lean into the dopamine dressing trend and are perfect for releasing some pent-up fashion energy. Complete your party ’fit with sky-high heels for the ultimate night-out look.
The Jacket-as-Dress
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For springtime days when all you really need is a light jacket, why not wear actually your jacket as a dress? A-listers like Hailey Bieber are all about the no-pants look since it requires minimal effort to make you feel put together. It works with so many spring shoe trends, from boots to retro sneakers, and is also a clever way to get more mileage out of any sleeveless vest or oversized blazer you already own.
The Floral Midi
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Parting thoughts: No spring wardrobe is complete without a floral dress. Embrace the season of blooming trees with ditsy floral prints—Dôen and Christy Dawn’s size-inclusive options are Glamour-editor favorites—or opt for more bold, graphic versions, like Free People’s best-selling maxi dress, or Sézane’s pleated off-the-shoulder dress that has the tiniest shimmer throughout the fabric, making it a great spring wedding guest dress.
Originally published in Glamour.com

Red Carpets to Runways: All the Gold Dresses You Need To Check Out Before the Ball of Arabia

Red Carpets to Runways: All the Gold Dresses You Need To Check Out Before the Ball of Arabia

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This December, Vogue Arabia lights up the city of Dubai with its second edition of the Ball of Arabia. Falling on the same month as the nation’s 50th National Day, the gala is all set to pay homage to the UAE and its rich history with an all-gold theme. Co-chaired by Ingie Chalhoub, Huda and Mona Kattan, Mona Zaki and Zuhair Murad, the evening will also see our guest list walking in wearing a line-up of stunning gold ensembles by Arab’s favorite designers. Because after all, in a world where it only takes one dress to impress, what better way to own the crowd than with a timeless piece that is alluring enough so as to not need any accessories?
Marilyn Monroe in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, 1953. Photo: Instagram.com
‘The Golden Dress’ made its way through the most iconic moments in history, starting from the Marilyn Monroe’s iconic sunburst pleated gold lamé halter neck gown, and moving on to Elizabeth Taylor in a golden gown draped with the rich history of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, (a role Taylor played in 1963), and of course, Cher at the 55th Academy Awards, who stunned in an eye-catching white and gold, wholly sheer gown. Over the years, the iconic golden dress has also been reinvented by the likes of Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, Gigi Hadid and many more on numerous red carpets around the world.
Nicole Kidman at the Academy Awards, 2000. Photo: Instagram.com
More recently, a memorable moment came via Milan Fashion Week 2018, where supermodels Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Helen Christensen took over the Versace show in liquid gold cocktail party dresses, paying tribute to the one and only Gianni Versace.
There no doubt that gold is back in every shape and form, as seen in the FW 2021 couture runway presentations—we saw Schiaparelli’s fully ruffled gold wings, and Valentinos’ short sleeved sequin number, and Zuhair Murad’s embellished creation, all serving major inspiration for the festive season.
Zuhair Murad
Gold doesn’t stop at couture, and has also made its way into the ready-to-wear collections of Alberta Ferretti, who used the look in her FW 2021 collection, elevating it with fringes and embroidered golden pieces as a go-to. Likewise, Michael Kors, Burberry, and Rodarte added gold statement pieces to their lines too. While gold has evidently given life to the most significant moments in fashion, the regal color will continue to reign with its timeless hue on runways and beyond. If you plan on celebrating the Ball of Arabia with us virtually, here’s all the gold dressing inspiration you’ll need!
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, 1963
Cher at the Academy Awards, 1983.
Versace
Gigi Hadid, 2017
Anne Hathaway at Met Gala 2015. Photo: Instagram.com
Alberta Ferretti
Burberry
Michael Kors
Rodarte
Schiaparelli
Valentino

Hailey Bieber’s Miami Wardrobe Is Worth Taking Notes From

Hailey Bieber’s Miami Wardrobe Is Worth Taking Notes From

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Hailey Bieber has been delivering a masterclass in wedding-guest dressing over the last few days (when in doubt, sequins!), but her downtime Miami uniform has been infused with the same sort of glamour that’s noteworthy in the run-up to party season – two words that wreak havoc in the minds of lo-fi dressers, and conjure sheer delight in those of secret divas.
Bieber, who has recently switched up her stylist and now employs her husband’s dresser Karla Welch full time, has a few cool-girl tips to take when RSVPing yes this winter. Tick off the key trends, but never compromise on your personal style seems to be her mandate.

For a night out in South Florida, Hailey demonstrated her deftness at pulling off the miniskirt trend again, by going matchy-matchy in a lime-green Agr twin set that would have piqued Cher Horowitz’s interest. She dialled down the fluffy brush knit coords with chunky Marni loafers and a Saint Laurent Le 5 à 7 shoulder bag, so the mood was more schoolgirlish than super club.
The color-block micro coords and penny loafer combo is one we have seen from Bieber before. Remember her June Paris trip, when Hailey and her husband gave Europe a taste of Hollywood style? Her all-lavender Raf Simons and The Attico look was, incidentally, one of the first from Welch, who is responsible for Justin’s unique brand of hypebeast streetwear.
Hailey doing all-purple in Paris in June. Photo: Getty
Bieber’s other secret weapon besides her searing twinsets – which, by the way, would look equally chic in muted colourways, as demonstrated by Vogue France editor and miniskirt enthusiast Eugénie Trochu – is her stash of Nensi Dojaka’s spliced-and-diced tops and dresses. By now, it’s de rigueur for any It-girl to have posted at least one mirror selfie strung up in the London-based designer’s sheer negligée-style pieces, but Hailey has been layering hers and framing them with her signature baggy jeans for a point of difference.
Bieber styling Nensi Dojaka her own way: with beachy braids and low-slung jeans. Photo: Instagram.com
Of course, party season means nothing to a woman who dresses up for a living, but – whether you’re bracing yourself for a month of cheap fizz or raring to hit the dance floor – it’s worth noting that putting your own spin on the trends always pays off. Nearly naked dress or not.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

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