Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Now and Live in All Season Long

Lindsey Lanquist
Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Now and Live in All Season Long
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Maxi dresses are among our favorite kinds of clothing, no matter the time of year. We busted out fall maxi dresses come autumn, winter maxi dresses come the end of the year, and now we’re onto a more conventional iteration of the trend: spring maxi dresses. Because spring is officially here—and nothing promises to keep us looking great and feeling weather-appropriate quite like spring maxi dresses.

Though many of us chalk spring up to be some kind of idyllic, vacation-filled, warm-weather experience, the truth of the season is that it’s all about transition. Things are starting to warm up, but we haven’t hit full heat and humidity yet. This is disappointing, in some ways, as many of us expect to spend all of springtime outdoors, basking in the sunlight in the park, or at the beach, or in some other hot AF location. But it’s also exciting, because we’re not yet forced to deal with the sticky sweat of summer—or the rays beating down on us so strongly that we can’t resist running inside for a breath of fresh AC. Spring is simultaneously invitingly warm and refreshingly breezy; some days, it’s hotter than we’d like, and some days, it’s a bit colder—but usually, it sits in that just-right middle-ground that makes everything in life seem a little easier.

Few items of clothing help us navigate this transitional season as successfully as spring maxi dresses. Because maxi dresses really encompass the best of what spring has to offer: They’re warm enough to keep you from freezing your tail off on a surprisingly low-temp evening, and they’re lightweight enough to feel breathable in even the most oppressive humidity imaginable. Like springtime, spring maxi dresses offer the best of both worlds—and while they’re at it, they’re also damn cute. Not sure what to wear today? Slip on your favorite spring maxi dress, and you’re setcomfy-chic style in no time.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because It's Gotta Get Warmer Soon

1. Limited Edition Zara Studio Embroidered Dress, $169 at Zara

Zara just released a studio collection full of absolutely dreamy maxi dresses—and we’re eyeing all of them.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because It's Gotta Get Warmer Soon

2. Aratta Floral Embroidery Maxi Dress, $222 at ASOS

Perfect for everything from brunch to beachside getaways.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because It's Gotta Get Warmer Soon

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

Into the snake print trend? Why not wear it all over your body?

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because It's Gotta Get Warmer Soon

4. Aratta Swing Maxi Dress, $206 at ASOS

Spring’s patchwork trend has never looked so good.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because It's Gotta Get Warmer Soon

5. Roeqiya Havana Night Cover-Up Dress, $138 at Anthropologie

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

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because It's Gotta Get Warmer Soon

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

Dressy enough to make you feel like a princess. Low-key enough to wear on the daily.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because It's Gotta Get Warmer Soon

7. Limited Edition Zara Studio Embroidered Dress, $169 at Zara

How many Zara maxi dresses is too many Zara maxi dresses? (Obviously not asking for a friend.)

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because It's Gotta Get Warmer Soon

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

This paisley maxi is all kinds of chic. End even better—it’s budget-friendly.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because It's Gotta Get Warmer Soon

9. Limited Edition Zara Studio Embroidered Dress, $169 at Zara

Yet another Zara maxi has made its way onto our wishlist.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because It's Gotta Get Warmer Soon

10. Steal the Spotlight Satin Dress, $40 at Nasty Gal

A maxi that’s totally fit for office-wear.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop, Because It's Gotta Get Warmer Soon

11. Rococo Sand High-Low Dress, $427 at Revolve

Why not embrace spring’s tie-dye trend from head-to-toe?

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

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

More patchwork—because seriously, we can’t get enough.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

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

Comfort and sex appeal are far from mutually exclusive.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

14. Taurus Dress, $373 at Free People

A more structured take on the classic maxi—in case you’re not a huge fan of flowy silhouettes.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

15. Ryse Ashley Coral Lace Maxi Dress, $168 at Lulus

Perfect for date night, outdoor weddings and fancy beachside dinners.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

16. Acadiana Satin Long-Sleeve Maxi Dress, $44 at Lulus

I own this maxi (in royal blue), and it’s so comfy I could basically live in it. (It’s also not quite as lightweight as it appears—making it a great candidate for chilly spring days.)

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

17. PrettyLittleThing Button-Down Maxi Shirtdress, $48 at ASOS

Long-sleeve maxi dresses are officially the move this spring.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

18. Dress with Pockets, $39.90 at Zara

Love a good T-shirt dress—especially one with ever-so-unexpected detailing.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

19. Angel Maxi Dress, $621 at Free People

Perfect for dressing up or down as you see fit—also versatile enough to work during any season.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

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

A (slightly) minimalist take on the prairie dress movement.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

21. Laguna Search Maxi Tee, $148 at Free People

Can’t make it to the beach? Throw this on and experience the vicarious vacation of your wildest dreams.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

22. Lovi Dress, $389 at Free People

Fit for any occasion.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

23. On the Road Temptress Maxi Dress, $106 at Lulus

Genuinely obsessed with these bright colors and this stunning print.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

24. Tall Knot-Front Maxi Dress, $87 at ASOS

Because nothing says springy like a bright spring-green punctuated with white polka dots.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

25. Print Dress, $69.90 at Zara

Your favorite shift dress got the maxi treatment.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

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

A classic spring silhouette—sure to play well with combat boots and sandals, alike.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

27. French Connection Mix Print Fluid Dress, $111 at ASOS

The short underskirt keeps things feeling spring-friendly, while the longer overskirt is sure to keep you warm no matter how chilly the season’s nights get.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

28. Mara Hoffman Seraphina Slip Dress, $550 at Anthropologie

Even the ever-trendy slip dress has been rendered with a maxi hemline.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

29. Sheer Velvet Maxi Dress, $149 at & Other Stories

Velvet-and-sheer fabric captures the cool-to-warm transition spring is all about.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

30. I Am Lola Embroidered Maxi Dress, $480 at Free People

Obsessed with this, and quite confident you could wear it anywhere.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

31. Lace-Up Maxi Dress, $128 at Anthropologie

A maxi you can throw under a cardigan now—and layer over a swimsuit later.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

32. Sunflower Maxi Dress, $98 at Free People

The epitome of chic comfort.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

33. Textured Weave Dress, $39.90 at Zara

Crochet is coming in hot this spring—and we’re ready for it.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

34. Tea Gardens Satin Maxi Dress, $76 at Lulus

Lightweight textiles with floor-length hemlines—that’s the motto.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

35. Anita Midaxi Dress, $98 at Free People

Long enough to be considered a maxi. Short enough to still feel like spring.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

36. Swept Away Long-Sleeve Maxi Dress, $66 at Lulus

So sexy you’ll be looking for excuses to wear it.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

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

A ’70s print in a ’90s silhouette—yes, yes and more yes.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

38. Baguy Sequin Maxi Dress, $334 at Free People

Sequins are totally on the sartorial menu.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

39. Lost in Paradise Maxi Dress, $59 at Lulus

A classic silhouette in a classic color—if you don’t already own this (or something like it), it’s probably time to stock up.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

40. Lost Ink Maxi Smock Dress, $95 at ASOS

Prairie dress without feeling too prairie dress, this maxi is ready to fill a niche in a not-so-expected way.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

41. Ghospell Maxi Shirtdress, $89 at ASOS

Snakeskin is having a moment—and this snakeskin print maxi is a seriously delightful iteration of it.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

42. Floaty Square-Neck Maxi Dress, $67 at ASOS

Edgy enough to pair with your black cold-weather accessories—and bright enough to pair with your lighter, spring-facing ones.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

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

All but guaranteed to make you happier the moment you slip it on.

STYLECASTER | Spring Maxi Dresses to Shop Because It's Finally Getting Warmer

44. Tie-Dye Tunic, $49.90 at Zara

Tie-dye promises to be everywhere this spring, and we’re shopping it in every format possible.

 

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A version of this story was originally published in March 2019.

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