The Only 4 Dress Styles You Need For Spring
Whether you rock them with sneakers or coordinate them with your favorite heels, this season’s cute dresses are about as versatile as they come.
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Still cold out? Throw on a pair of tights or layer a turtleneck underneath. Finally getting warm? Go bare-legged and add a denim jacket.
And while there are endless variations of colors, patterns and fabrics to choose from — expect tie-dye, stripes, and suede to abound — there are a few silhouettes that you should be able to build a solid spring wardrobe around. Off-the-shoulder dresses continue their reign of popularity, with flouncy gingham options you can wear well into the dog days of summer, and trim knit versions that would look great with a pair of boots.
Even if your style skews more classic, you’ll find plenty to love among the shifts and A-line styles: strategically draped waists, voluminous pleats, lace-up fronts — the possibilities are endless.
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Read through to study up on the four silhouettes we’re loving right now:
We've sung the praises of this clavicle-baring style before, and our reasoning still stands. It's pretty, easy to wear, and looks just as good on a city sidewalk as it does on the French Riviera (well, almost).
Caroline Constas Off-the-Shoulder Gingham Mini Dress, $395; at Net-A-Porter
The best layering piece you'll buy this spring, the jumper-style dress has grown up a lot since we were kids. Pair it with a striped long-sleeve shirt for an Alexa Chung vibe, or add a collared shirt for a subversive schoolgirl look.
Pocket Pinafore Dress, $79.99; at Mango
Listen: The fit-and-flare is popular for a reason. With a trim waist and slightly flouncy skirt, it flatters a wide range of figures — and in a modern print or classic color, there's no reason it has to look obvious.
A-Line Cotton Dress, $95; at & Other Stories
This work-friendly standby has a slimmer skirt than the A-line, but still isn't tight tight — in a mini length (paired with block heels, perhaps?), it'll make your legs look extra-long.
Drape Shift Dress, $75; at Topshop