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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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