99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It’s Finally Warm Outside (!!)

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99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It’s Finally Warm Outside (!!)
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Spring doesn’t really feel like spring until the sun is routinely shining, the flowers have begun to bloom and the fashion set has stocked up on a new collection of spring dresses. Say what you will, but the season isn’t in full swing until the sartorial equinox has hit. If models, influencers and regular folks, alike, aren’t regularly outfitted in breezy maxis, floral minis and sundresses in every shade of the rainbow, spring isn’t real. And since we’re all thoroughly done with winter, the more spring pieces we can stock up on now, the better—right?

Retailers’ selections of spring dresses are always immense and exciting. No season feels fresher—or more necessary—than spring, leaving the style-scape filled with bright colors, bold prints and innovative silhouettes. This season, expect to see spring dresses decorated with ruffles (a veritable 2019 trend) and covered in crochet details (another one). Some of 2018’s most delightful fads—puffy sleeves, smocked bodices, tropical prints and vibrant snakeskins—have trickled into the zeitgeist as well, getting new life in a new year.

Other spring/summer dress trends to watch? Gingham, which has long been a favorite in the calendar’s warmest months. Organza, which is taking the historically controversial “naked dress” to new levels of transparency. And silky slips, an early aughts favorite that’s experienced quite the resurrection thus far in 2019. Combined, these trends have created a spring dress landscape that feels both classically cute and contemporary chic—and really, what more could any of us ask for?

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

1. Lisa Says Gah Topanga Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress, $180 at Urban Outfitters

Nothing says spring like a puff-sleeve gingham sundress.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

2. Tampa Gauze Tiered Ruffle Maxi Dress, $99 at Urban Outfitters

A statement piece that combines so many of 2019’s favorite trends—ruffles, sheer fabrics, smocked details—at once.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

3. Like a Lady Mini Dress, $58 at Free People

Rendered in such a stunning shade you might be energized just looking at it.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

4. Rita Row Sarah Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress, $199 at Urban Outfitters

Try to tell us the texture on this dress doesn’t look totally covetable. Just try.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

5. Neon Rose Tie-Front Celestial Midi Dress, $60 at ASOS

Celestial fashion is everywhere this year, and it’s proving to be a fun alternative to spring florals.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

6. Ruffled Dress, $29.90 at Zara

The perfect go-to for days when you want to look cute at the office but don’t want to try that hard.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

7. Gala Cinched Side Cutout Maxi Dress, $79 at Urban Outfitters

A distinctly fresh take on the spring maxi.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

8. Dress with Front Print, $29.90 at Zara

A T-shirt dress that won’t make you look lazy.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

9. Selita Dress, $398 at Free People

Perfect for everything from brunch to date night, this dress is all kinds of versatile.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

10. Slip Dress, $49.90 at Zara

The ’90s called—and they want you to enjoy every contemporary take on their classic silky slip dress.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

11. Perseverance London Ottoman Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress, $305 at Urban Outfitters

The Wizard of Oz meets 2019 high fashion.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

12. Diamond Dolls Sundress, $165 at Free People

The perfect low-key dress for tossing over a swimsuit—or throwing on when you have to run errands.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

13. Striped Dress with Pocket, $69.90 at Zara

Come spring, shirtdresses are always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

14. Selina Dress, $290 at Free People

Because slinky isn’t the only way to do satin.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

15. Tie-Dye Shirt, $69.90 at Zara

Spring’s tie-dye trend is officially in full force, and we’re shopping every possible iteration.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

16. Elati Ruffled Off-the-Shoulder Bodycon Dress, $60 at Lulus

You had us at off-the-shoulder. And at smocked bodycon. And at frills.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

17. Tularosa Carter Dress, $268 at Revolve

Who said spring dresses had to be colorful?

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

18. Block Color Slip Dress, $49.90 at Zara

A particularly elevated take on the endlessly trendy slip dress.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

19. BDG Matilda Denim Button-Down Midi Dress, $79 at Urban Outfitters

Denim dresses are too damn fun (and comfortable) to pass up.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

20. Karla Dress, $35 at Brandy Melville

Bring on the gingham.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

21. Snake It Extra Balloon-Sleeve Maxi Dress, $30 at Nasty Gal

2018’s snake print invasion has made its way into 2019, and since it’s resulting in maxi dresses this stunning, we can’t say we’re angry about it.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

22. Don’t Worry Be Strappy Satin Dress, $35 at Nasty Gal

In case you prefer your slip dresses with a little more structure.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

23. Swing By Gingham Mini Dress, $30 at Nasty Gal

Swing dresses are pretty much always worth having on hand.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

24. Basel Sheer Mesh Bodycon Mini Dress, $39.99 at Urban Outfitters

Sheer pieces are having a serious moment.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

25. Lola Y-Neck Sweater Dress, $59 at Urban Outfitters

This feels reminiscent of so many decades we don’t even know where to place it.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

26. Gingham the Goods Shirred Midi Dress, $40 at Nasty Gal

If you’re gonna go gingham, you might as well go full skirt, puff-sleeve, bright pink gingham—right?

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

27. Pleated Dress, $69.90 at Zara

Perfect for job interviews and spring weddings, alike.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

28. Long Printed Dress, $39.90 at Zara

An edgier option for the fashion fiend who’s overdosed on spring florals.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

29. Vestido Ipanema Dress, $478 at Free People

Every maximalist you know just bookmarked this.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

30. Smocked Tube Dress, $42 at Forever 21

Smocked anything and everything—we can’t get enough.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

31. Seam Detail Dress, $29.90 at Zara

A sweater dress that actually feels spring-appropriate.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

32. Katrina Eyelet Tiered Ruffle Mini Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Super-long shirt, or super-short dress? It’s so cute the answer doesn’t really matter.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

33. In the Moment Dress, $98 at Free People

Achieve low-maintenance chic style in seconds by slipping into this flowy piece.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

34. Big Love Paisley Maxi Dress, $35 at Nasty Gal

Genuinely obsessed with this sleek—and affordable—maxi.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

35. Gingham Seersucker Mini Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Two words: Gingham. Seersucker.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

36. Pleated Floral Print Dress, $69.90 at Zara

Would it really be a spring dress roundup if we didn’t include at least one floral option?

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

37. Fringed Dress, $29.90 at Zara

When are LBDs not on the sartorial menu?

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

38. Wren Linen Ruffle Mini Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

A quintessential spring mini.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

39. Another Classic Midi Dress, $30 at Nasty Gal

Also available in a vibrant AF aqua—in case millennial pink isn’t really your style.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

40. Aratta Swing Maxi Dress, $206 at ASOS

Patchwork promises to be big this spring, and this maxi makes the most of the maximalist movement.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

41. Cohen Checkered Cinch-Front Midi Dress, $79 at Urban Outfitters

Not your average gingham spring dress.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

42. Porto One-Shoulder Cutout Midi Dress, $89 at Urban Outfitters

A spring dress that feels anything but basic.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

43. Tie-Dye Dress, $29.90 at Zara

More tie-dye, because it’s happening—and Zara has stocked up accordingly.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

44. Finders Keepers Evie Dress, $160 at Fashion Bunker

A particularly understated take on the whole spring floral thing.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

45. Printed Tunic with Pockets, $89.90 at Zara

The ultimate chic office piece.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

46. Dot If I Can Help It Spotty Shirred Dress, $30 at Nasty Gal

This one looks crazy comfortable.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

47. Lingerie Style Print Dress, $69.90 at Zara

Love paisley anything—especially in the spring.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

48. C/MEO Collective Elate Long-Sleeve Dress, $180 at Fashion Bunker

Because off-the-shoulder necklines and statement sleeves aren’t at all mutually exclusive.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

49. Printed Dress with Straps, $29.90 at Zara

A slinkier alternative to the T-shirt dress? The tank top dress.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

50. Crocheted Dress, $69.90 at Zara

Catch us in all-crochet-everything this spring.

STYLECASTER | 99 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm (!!!) Outside

51. Carousel Asymmetrical Frock Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

A particularly fun take on spring plaids.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

52. Tiered Puff-Sleeve Maxi Dress, $56 at ASOS

A maxi so cute you’ll want to live in it this season.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

53. Asymmetrical Shirtdress, $69 at & Other Stories

A spring dress that’ll render you a walking work of art.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

54. Antibes Gingham Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

It’s hard to imagine anything more fun that a hot pink, puff-sleeve, drop-waist gingham midi. (A mouthful—but hey, it’s cute.)

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

55. Colorblock Nylon Half-Zip Mini Dress, $34.99 at Urban Outfitters

Part mini dress, part rain jacket—all adorable.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

56. Drop-Waist Smock Dress, $119 at ASOS

If you’ve ever dreamt of living in your windbreaker, now you can.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

57. Ryse Coral Lace Maxi Dress, $168 at Lulus

Perfect for any semi-fancy occasion on your spring calendar.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

58. Pleated Dress, $119 at Zara

A spring dress that’ll take you from the office to happy hour—and back again.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

59. Billowy Prairie Maxi Dress, $125 at & Other Stories

An ever-so-slightly fashion-forward take on the classic prairie dress.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

60. Satin Dress, $49.90 at Zara

A silky slip dress with enough sleeve to keep you comfortable.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

61. What You Want Maxi Dress, $198 at Free People

Yet another maximalist patchwork maxi. Because we can’t get enough.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

62. Pointelle Dress, $29.90 at Zara

This crochet dress will make you feel like you’re at the beach—even if you’re seriously far from it.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

63. Organza Puff-Sleeve Cinched-Waist Midi Dress, $44.99 at Urban Outfitters

Hard to argue with a puff-sleeve pink dress for spring.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

64. Acadiana Long-Sleeve Maxi Dress, $59 at Lulus

I own this, and it’s exactly as luxe in person as it looks online. (It’s actually heavier than it looks, too, making it a perfect piece for season-to-season transitions.)

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

65. Iva Biigdres Midi Dress, $375 at Free People

This dress was made for field-frolicking.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

66. Rainbow Organza Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress, $44.99 at Urban Outfitters

Spring’s tie-dye trend meets its organza naked dress trend—and the combination works surprisingly well.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

67. Tie-Dye Dress, $49.90 at Zara

A tie-dye slip dress? How on-trend.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

68. Textured Gathered-Neck Dress, $135 at ASOS

Catch us sporting this one all day, every day.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

69. Textured Weave Dress, $89.90 at Zara

A dress that’ll mentally transport you to the beach every time you slip it on.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

70. JDY Denim Shirtdress, $51 at ASOS

Hot AF—in the most casual way possible.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

71. Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Dress, $61 at ASOS

A floral dress that feels surprisingly fresh (and not at all hackneyed).

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

72. Belted Floral Midi Dress, $89 at & Other Stories

A shoo-in for understatedly stylish wedding guest dress of the year.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

73. Este Sheer Organza Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress, $129 at Urban Outfitters

A naked dress you could style over bike shorts, bodysuits or other dresses in your closet.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

74. Dress with Sleeve Detail, $39.90 at Zara

A no-fail addition to any closet—perfect for cocktail parties and beach vacations, alike.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

75. The Surreal Dreamer Dress, $229 at Free People

Sexy is totally on the sartorial menu.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

76. Cozy Sweater Midi Dress, $34.99 at Urban Outfitters

Spring can get chilly—it pays to have a vibrant sweater dress on hand.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

77. So Fancy Maxi Dress, $228 at Free People

If you don’t already have an idyllic getaway planned, this dress might just inspire you to get one on the books.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

78. Snuggle Party Midi Sweater Dress, $59 at Lulus

Another totally spring-friendly sweater dress, because seriously—spring isn’t all heat and humidity.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

79. Show Me Your Mumu Gabriela Tiered Ruffle Mini Dress, $168 at Urban Outfitters

Another iteration of spring’s major ruffles trend.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

80. Ghospell Maxi Shirtdress, $89 at ASOS

Told you saturated snakeskin was out in full force.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

81. Moon Walkin’ Maxi Dress, $98 at Free People

So cozy you might be tempted to nap in it.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

82. Music City Gingham Tie-Front Dress, $46 at Lulus

Classic.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

83. Madewell x Karen Walker Denim Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $79.99 at Madewell

The off-the-shoulder trend is really only made better by denim.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

84. Textured Dress, $29.90 at Zara

A knit dress that’s clearly lightweight enough to handle spring heat.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

85. Fremont Smocked Contrast Stitch Dress, $59.99 at Urban Outfitters

Hard to resist two of our favorite trends—smocked cuts and gingham textiles—in one.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

86. Embroidered Fable Midi Dress, $168 at Free People

This midi wants to accompany you everywhere this spring.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

87. Aranciata Wrap Dress, $200 at Anthropologie

All kinds of fun.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

88. Sheer Organza Midi Dress, $69.99 at Urban Outfitters

OK, we’re definitely pairing this one with bike shorts.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

89. Floral Printed Skater Dress, $89 at & Other Stories

Buying this, and styling it exactly like so.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

90. Short Tunic Dress, $49.90 at Zara

A no-fail, office-appropriate silhouette for spring.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

91. River Island Snake-Print Bodycon Dress, $45 at ASOS

Spring’s snakeskin trend in its hottest iteration.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

92. Lovi Dress, $389 at Free People

A dress cozy—and versatile—enough to take you anywhere this spring.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

93. Amuse Society Julita Mini Dress, $54 at Lulus

Perhaps the most seasonally appropriate mini on the market right now.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

94. Cali Sheer Organza Mini Dress, $39.99 at Urban Outfitters

A not-so-naked take on spring organza.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

95. Angel Maxi Dress, $621 at Free People

A maxi with near-unlimited styling potential—dress up or down as you see fit.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

96. Button-Front Easy Dress, $118 at Madewell

We never met a button-front dress we didn’t like.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

97. Lena Gingham Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress, $59.99 at Urban Outfitters

The more puff-sleeve gingham we can get our hands on, the better.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

98. Out from Under Mara Smocked Slip, $49 at Urban Outfitters

A dress that’ll take you from the pool to dinner—and everywhere in between.

STYLECASTER | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

99. Striped Knit Dress, $49.90 at Zara

Because you need something to wear to the beachside bar.

 

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A version of this story was originally published in April 2014.

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