12 Dresses You Need to Have This Spring

12 Dresses You Need to Have This Spring

Last updated on : April 04 2017

spring dress must haves

Spring brings to mind images of bright sunshine, warm weather, flowers in full bloom, and trips to enjoy picnics, hiking, and other outdoor activities. As the temperature starts to rise, it is also time to store away your heavy, dull winter wear, and take a hard look at your spring wardrobe.

Your spring wardrobe should be just as agile and confident as you feel. The secret to transitioning from winter to spring is to plan ahead, stock up on go-to closet staples, and to get your body into tip top shape.

Getting into shape begins with healthier food choices and strategic exercises that target the feminine proportions you want to shine such as your butt and flat tummy. (For tips on how to get a more shapely butt read our article, How to Get a Bigger Butt. To work on achieving a naturally flat and firm tummy start with the tips and food we recommend in our article, 15 Secrets to a Natural Tummy Tuck.)

Once you have determined how to get your body ready for your spring wardrobe you need to gather a handful of dress styles that flatter your shape and give you confidence. This spring it is not just about dress styles but exploring bright and cheerful colors that flirt with spring styles and trends.

Your spring wear will need a few stylish basics to complete your refreshing and crisp spring style. Here are 12 must-spring dresses to wear this spring. 

Off-Shoulder Boatneck Dress

It is said that women can never go wrong with a boatneck-style outfit, and it stands particularly true for spring wear. With the weather warming up, you can show off your bare shoulders for the perfect mix of sensual appeal and style. Add sensuality to your look by pulling your hair back in a ponytail and wearing big, dangling earrings.

This look is easy to style and works great for a day outing as well as a formal dinner (depending on the dress style you pick). If you are going for an off-shoulder dress that hangs loose, use a stylish belt to cinch the waist and give you a sexy, feminine silhouette. If you are going for a figure hugging bandage dress bring along a shawl or light cardigan for temperature drops in the evening.

T-Shirt Dress

High on comfort, versatile choices, and understated glamor—these are just a few of the reasons why T-shirt dresses make for the perfect spring outfit. You can pick ones with details like ruffles and lace or go for a neutral, pastel-toned choice that will serve as the perfect plain backdrop for funky accessories.

Team a black printed dress with a stylish choker and boots for rockstar-styling. If your style is more refined, a simple one-tone mesh overlay T-shirt dress is the perfect pick.

Shirt Dress

Although similar to the T-shirt dress, shirt dresses bring in a more formal vibe while also being flirty and fun. They are also considered a bit more versatile and can be worn by women of different ages and body types. What could be more comfortable than an oversized plaid shirt dress with sneakers for a day of shopping, lunch with the girls, and cocktails (just swap the sneakers for killer heels)?

If you are trying to pick one for a date, go for one in pretty pink with a cinched waist and a little flare in the skirt. A stretch cotton fabric is excellent to stay cool on warm days.

Bandage Dress

This is not just specific to spring, but a bandage dress is a must-have item for every woman’s wardrobe. Available in different colors, patterns, and styles, these are the go-to outfit for any occasion when you want to stand out in the crowd and show off your sexy curves tastefully.

This midi dress in lavender is perfect to show off your curves without being too revealing, and makes you the cynosure of all eyes at brunch or even a spring wedding. If sultry is what you are aiming for, you cannot go wrong with this wine red number. Quality bandage material is skin-hugging enough to flaunt your assets while also keeping you comfortable by supporting your body for long events without having to worry about wrinkling your outfit.

Wrap Dress 

A universal dress style that has the advantage of flattering different body styles, a wrap dress provides the right blend of style and comfort during spring. You can go for a looser version if it is a casual event, and pair it with neutral pumps or strappy heels to add height. For a formal occasion or evening wear, choose a well-fitting wrap dress that is traces your curves and is in a darker tone.

Since these dresses are easy to style with accessories, you can get dressy with statement jewelry or go for a no-fuss look with a stunning dress doing all the talking.

Floral Patterns

We cannot talk about spring wear without discussing floral-patterned dresses, be it flowy maxi gowns or shorter bandage dresses. This timeless theme brings out your feminine grace and is ideal for garden parties, beach trips, or a day out.

Choose chiffon dresses as the light fabric not only keeps you cool in the sun, but also falls beautifully on your form to highlight your curves in a cute, girly fashion. Moreover, your dress will dry quickly and resists wrinkling if a sudden spring shower catches you unaware.

Nautical-themed Dress

The sailor-theme never gets old, so this spring, pick one or two pieces of clothing with a striking nautical detail for all those beach trips and other outings. Nautical stripes, lines, and tiny boats took to spring runways with ease this year.  Go ahead and mix your navy blues, whites, and reds for a fresh, stylish look.

Choosing longer midi length white skirts and loose blouses and printed accessories of polka dots, horizontal lines, and red or pink lips is a great start to your nautical themed style. Also embrace gold anchor jewelry pieces to pull the look together.

Bold Stripes

Dainty, safe stripes are passé. This spring, take your fashion cues from runways and go for big, colorful statement stripes. Statement stripes are versatile, flirty, and sexy. They give your look a leap of energy without causing to much of a stir. Wear them proudly when featured in a one-piece dress or go for knit dresses that are color-blocked for a fashionable more trendy look. The stripes can be horizontal, vertical, thin, or thick—it is your attitude that counts.

Vertical stripes give your body the illusion of being more trim while horizontal bold stripes give you a trendy look that is stylish yet basic. Choose your types of stripes based on your other accessories to ensure complete balance in your look.

Day-to-Night Dress

Come spring, we tend to socialize more. This also means that you need to wear easily transitioning, versatile pieces that you can pull off at a cocktail party straight after work. Pick one with stylish sleeves and a modest hemline to keep it professional and fashionable at the same time. Go for neutral shades that you can easily style by just changing your accessories and footwear. Also pay attention to the fabric-- tropical wool, hemp, and linen are good choices to stay comfortable and when the weather is changing.

Denim Dress

We can never get enough of denim wear, and this trend is not going away anytime soon. So invest in a few pieces like a classic pinafore dress, belted shirtdress, and mini empire dress. These look good on their own and can also be paired with a tee for a casual, fun look.

Fit and Flare Dress

Cute, feminine, and easy to wear, the fit and flare dress is another spring staple that you should be stocking your wardrobe with. The biggest advantage is that these dresses come in a wide range of styles, colors, patterns, and textures so you can be as playfully casual or as sexy as you like.

Single-Toned Dresses

Look beyond the LBD and go for short, single colored dresses in bright, colors like red or yellow to celebrate the vibrancy of spring. While yellow speaks about happiness, creativity, and fun, red is meant to slay—particularly if you are going for a sexy number for evening wear.

For a day party, choose a sleeveless short red with a flared skirt for a fun, flirty touch. Another dress to invest in is a graceful white bandage dress, which you can style any way you want.

While spring does mean the fading of winter, the weather can still be a bit cold depending on where you live. To make the best out of your winter-to-spring transition wear while also beating the nip in the air, choose versatile pieces and keep accessories like a light jacket, sweater, and a pair of leggings within reach. Light layers will help you keep warm without compromising on your spring style and it is always easy to take off if the day starts getting warmer.

Here’s to spring and the new style beginnings we all love.

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