The Best Spring Dresses I've Spotted So Far This Year

Emma Spedding
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I have to confess I'm writing this story away from my desk, and under my duvet, because it is that cold this week. But with Easter behind us, we're now into spring and one of the things I always love the most about this season is abandoning the many layers (so long, puffer!), and revisiting my dress wardrobe.

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New-in sections are helping me indulge in my dress daydreaming, as every day is bringing with it new summery items to scroll through. Floral tea dresses and check midi dresses are hardly groundbreaking, but these throw-on styles always sell out at record speed. Lots of the dresses around for spring 2021 have plenty of chuck-on appeal, meaning they are comfortable enough to wear at home or for daily laps of the park.

There are five types of dresses in particular that I think will be a welcome addition to any wardrobe this spring. Keep scrolling to see my edit of the best dresses I've spotted so far for spring 2021.

Printed Dresses

Whether it's floral, checked or striped, printed dresses will always be a spring staple. Below I've found some beautiful options from Ganni, Rixo and Ghost. 

Ganni Ruffled Smocked Gingham Seersucker Midi Dress (£215)

Rixo Staci Floral-Print Crepe Midi Dress (£265)

Faithfull the Brand Gianna Shirred Checked Linen Midi Dress (£250)

Ganni Checked Seersucker Mini Dress (£175)

Rixo Gwen Checked Midi Dress (£275)

Ghost Fable Dress (£169)

& Other Stories Printed Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£95)

White or Neutral Dresses

Sometimes it's best to keep things simple, and for spring you can't beat a white or beige midi dress. This season, these "plain" dresses are made interesting with detailing, such as playful textures, tie detailing and exaggerated sleeves.

Faithfull the Brand + Net Sustain Lorica Open-Back Shirred Linen Mini Dress (£189)

Arket Crinkle Dress (£45)

Tove Ceres Gathered Organic Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress (£425)

Mango Organic Cotton Puffed Dress ($50)

Toogood The Bookseller Cotton-Blend Maxi Dress (£690)

COS Wrap Shirt Dress (£69)

Totême Smocked Jersey Midi Dress (£540)

Knitted Dresses

If a year in loungewear has taught us anything, it's that comfort is a really important factor when getting dressed. Knitted dresses are still going strong for S/S 21, whether you opt for a long cardigan, wrap dress or something a little slinkier. 

COS Longline Lambswool Cardigan (£89)

Warehouse Knitted Ribbed Collar Dress (£75)

Baserange Brig Cutout Ribbed Organic Cotton-Jersey Wrap Dress (£150)

COS Knitted Tube Dress (£79)

H&M Rib Knit Dress (£35)

Totême Rib-Knitted Jersey Midi Dress ($330)

Proenza Schouler Fluted-Cuff Rib-Knitted Cardigan Dress ($1290)

Denim Dresses

Denim dresses are another spring staple, and this year they were a key item for designers like Gabriela Hearst and Wales Bonner. There really is a denim dress for everyone, from fitted midi dresses with a '50s silhouette to oversize denim shirts.

Emilia Wickstead Petra Square-Neck Belted Denim Dress (£1295)

Made in Tomboy Claire Balloon-Sleeve Denim Shirt Dress (£440)

Vika 2.0 Cropped-Sleeve Recycled-Cotton Dress (£430)

Mango V-Neck Denim Dress (£50)

COS Denim Dress (£69)

Levi's Selma Denim Mini Dress (£85)

Gabriela Hearst Virginia Open-Back Linen-Chambray Dress (£1290)

Pink Dresses

If you've been reading Who What Wear recently, you'll know that the colour of spring 2021 is pink, so it's no surprise that new-in sections are already awash with pretty pink spring dresses.

Staud Millie Recycled-Poplin Maxi Shirt Dress (£290)

Molly Goddard Becky Shirred Cotton-Voile Midi Dress (£1500)

H&M Jacquard-Weave Dress (£35)

Max Mara Bario Cotton-Poplin Shirt Dress (£590)

Aje Mimosa Open-Back Linen-Blend Dress (£485)

16Arlington Pink Medina Draped Satin Dress (£795)

Staud Alix Open-Back Brushed Faille Maxi Dress (£480)

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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