71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It’s Finally Warm-ish Outside (!!)

Lindsey Lanquist
71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It’s Finally Warm-ish 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 | 71 Spring Dresses to Shop, Because It's Finally Warm Outside (!!)

1. House of Holland Extreme Frill Dress, $624 at ASOS

Undoubtedly the most eye-catching way to tackle 2019’s ruffle trend.

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

2. 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 (!!)

3. 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 (!!)

4. 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.

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

5. Colorblock Nylon Half-Zip Mini Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Part mini dress, part windbreaker—all cute.

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

6. Innika Choo Tiered Gingham Avens Dress, $380 at Madewell

This dress is practically begging to be Instagrammed.

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

7. 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 (!!)

8. 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 (!!)

9. 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 (!!)

10. Gingham Ruffle Wrap Dress, $48 at Topshop

Gingham, ruffles—what’s not to love?

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

11. 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 (!!)

12. 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 (!!)

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

Because patchwork is oh-so trendy this spring, and this maxi makes the most of it.

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

14. 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 (!!)

15. Ribbed Dress, $39.90 at Zara

A spring-facing dress that’s cozy enough for the season’s chilliest days.

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

16. Textured Weave Dress, $25.90 at Zara

Flowers or polka dots? We’re not sure, but we do know they’re cute.

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

17. Fringe Knit Tunic Dress, $170 at Topshop

Almost aggressively edgy for spring, but with a little colorful statement jewelry, it could feel season-appropriate in no time.

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

18. Faithful del Mar Mini Dress, $159 at Anthropologie

Once it gets seriously hot out, you’ll probably want to live in this.

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

19. Organza Puff-Sleeve Cinched-Waist Midi Dress, $89 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 (!!)

20. 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 (!!)

21. 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 (!!)

22. Rainbow Organza Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress, $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 (!!)

23. Twisted Shine Dress, $160 at Anthropologie

Because you know you needed a go-to office dress (and this one’s shiny!).

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

24. 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 (!!)

25. 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 (!!)

26. Limited Edition Draped Print Dress, $89.90 at Zara

Perhaps the most fashion-forward way to get your floral on this spring.

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

27. Melanie Linen Babydoll Midi Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Because everyone needs a go-to linen midi.

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

28. Striped Dress, $39.90 at Zara

A lower-key take on ruffles—and a higher-key take on prints.

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

29. 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 (!!)

30. 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 (!!)

31. 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 (!!)

32. 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 (!!)

33. The Column Dress, $224 at Anthropologie

The styling options for this one are endless.

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

34. Waist-Defined Button-Front Midi Dress, $44.99 at Old Navy

A spring midi you’ll be sporting for years to come.

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

35. 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 (!!)

36. 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 (!!)

37. 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 (!!)

38. Cozy Sweater Midi Dress, $69 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 (!!)

39. 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 (!!)

40. 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 (!!)

41. 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 (!!)

42. Ghospell Maxi Shirtdress, $119 at ASOS

Told you saturated snakeskin was out in full force.

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

43. 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 (!!)

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

Classic.

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

45. 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 (!!)

46. Button-Through Midi Smock Sundress, $45 at ASOS

Not your average pinstripe sundress.

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

47. 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 (!!)

48. Fremont Smocked Contrast Stitch Dress, $69 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 (!!)

49. 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 (!!)

50. Aranciata Wrap Dress, $200 at Anthropologie

All kinds of fun.

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

51. 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 (!!)

52. Jacqueline Belted Dress, $140 at Anthropologie

Because you definitely don’t have to wait until Memorial Day to wear white.

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

53. 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 (!!)

54. 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 (!!)

55. Bias Slip Dress, $120 at Anthropologie

Date night awaits.

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

56. Two-Tone Striped Dress, $39.90 at Zara

A casual dress versatile enough to wear every day—and style differently every time.

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

57. Button-Front Cord Jumper, $39.95 at Free People

A jumper you could get away with wearing on its own—or layering over your favorite blouse.

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

58. Natalie Martin Heather Maxi Dress, $198 at Anthropologie

A vicarious trip to the beach—in the ’70s.

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

59. River Island Snake-Print Bodycon Dress, $60 at ASOS

Spring’s snakeskin trend in its hottest iteration.

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

60. Cloth & Stone Riley Striped Shirtdress, $150 at Anthropologie

A silhouette worth having on hand.

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

61. Printed Midi Slip Dress, $99 at & Other Stories

Haven’t you heard? Fruit’s the new floral.

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

62. Cloth & Stone Marlow Wrap Dress, $140 at Anthropologie

Explorer-chic.

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

63. 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 (!!)

64. 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 (!!)

65. Cali Sheer Organza Mini Dress, $79 at Urban Outfitters

A not-so-naked take on spring organza.

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

66. 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 (!!)

67. 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 (!!)

68. Satin Cowl-Back Slip Dress, $68 at Topshop

A classic aught silhouette—crafted with 2019 in mind.

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

69. Lena Gingham Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress, $69 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 (!!)

70. 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 (!!)

71. 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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