There are certain things that universally signify the beginning of spring—the first bunch of £1 daffodils, a bag of Mini Eggs and it being light at 6pm. Nothing makes me feel like I've said 'so long' to winter quite like retiring my tights, and wearing a summer dress. March is when many of us will revisit our dresses, and so we are marking this wardrobe switchover at Who What Wear with a series of edits and guides to the dresses that we'll be wearing for the next six months.
Below I've listed the 8 dress trends that I think you'll see throughout all the stages of the relaxing of lockdown restrictions. Long-sleeved, denim and knitted dresses are perfect for the next few months of daily walks, while the bright pink dresses and fun minis I've found below have June 21st written all over them. I've been sure to include a mix of classic basic styles, to more fashion-forward silhouettes or bolder options for those who want to just have fun with fashion again. Keep scrolling to see the 8 dress trends I really love for spring.
1. Long Sleeved Dresses
Long-sleeved dresses are a perfect option for spring, as they a little bit warmer for those days when it's still quite chilly. Either opt for an oversized billowing sleeve or puff sleeve, or something a little simpler.
Fil De Vie Merieme Balloon-Sleeve Bamboo-Twill Dress (£788)
H&M Calf-Length Dress (£25)
Zanini Belted Balloon-Sleeve Cotton-Blend Dress (£3500)
Monki Long-Sleeve Jersey Dress (£25)
2. Dresses With Collars
Statement, ruffle collars have been popular for several seasons, and we largely have Ganni to thank for the revival of this Princess Diana trend. Whether it's a mini, midi, or maxi, a collar is a welcome addition to any dress.
Ganni Checked Seersucker Mini Dress (£175)
& Other Stories Statement Collar Floral Mini Dress ($75)
Ganni X Levi’s Ruffled-Collar Denim Shirt Dress (£375)
& Other Stories Voluminous Sleeve Crochet Collar Mini Dress (£85)
3. Bright Pink Dresses
The overriding message coming from designers and buyers for summer 2021 is that we want our clothes to be joyful, and one of the main ways this was manifested was with lots of bright pink. Designers such as Molly Goddard and Tove have created beautiful dresses in vibrant pink colours.
Sea Puff-Sleeve Tiered Cotton Midi Dress (£345)
Molly Goddard Roberta Stretch-Cotton Jersey Midi Dress (£500)
Alice + Olivia Shayla Hot Pink Mini Dress (£360)
Arket Pleated Dress (£79)
4. Black Sundress
Sometimes it's important to make sure you just have the basics covered, and for spring you don't get more useful than a black sundress.
Cos V-Neck Scuba Dress (£69)
H&M Back-Laced Dress (£25)
Arket Linen Blend Dress (£99)
Weekday Regan Dress (£55)
5. Knitted Dresses
Knitted dresses soared in popularity in 2020, as the perfect option who want to find the perfect middle ground between getting dressed properly but still feeling comfortable. Either opt for a tunic style that you can layer over trousers or a more fitted silhouette that you
H&M Knitted Dress (£25)
Cos Knitted Off-Shoulder Tube Dress (£79)
Loulou Studio Andrott Ribbed Wool and Cashmere-Blend Maxi Dress (£395)
Arket Rib Knitted Merino Dress (£89)
6. Fun Mini Dresses
This is an option for those looking to really dress up for their springtime picnics, or get their wardrobe ready for June 21st. Over the past few years it has been all about the midi dress, however for spring 2021 designers such as Jacquemus, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton all had several minis in their collections.
Rotate Birger Christensen Natalie Bow-Embellished Satin Mini Dress (£330)
Faithfull the Brand Isabel Polka-Dot Mini Dress (£180)
De La Vali Suki Bead-Embellished Stretch-Satin Mini Dress (£350)
7. White Summer-Is-Coming Dresses
Fashion decrees that everyone should own at least one little black dress, but there's an equally viable case to be made for the little white dress. Whether you opt for something loose and relaxed in a linen or cotton or something more formal with puff sleeves and lace embellishment, a white dress has long been a warm-weather staple.
Zimmermann Puffed-Sleeve Linen Midi Dress (£495)
Kika Vargas Puff-Sleeve Cotton-Blend Poplin Dress (£585)
Gabriela Hearst Lewis Belted Pleated Linen Midi Shirt Dress (£2050)
Endless Summer Having a Moment Dress (£88)
8. Denim Dresses
Denim dresses aren't an obvious part of the season's top-line trends, however if you look closely this classic dress featured in many of the collections from Gabriela Hearst to Wales Bonner. Editor-in-Chief Hannah Almassi writes: "Perhaps its innate combination of practicality and sass puts it in a prime position to win when many day-to-day schedules now centre around being comfortable but smart and many wardrobes are leaning to well-curated, hard-working staples."
Wales Bonner Saint Catherine Denim Shirt Dress (£595)
& Other Stories Statement Collar Denim Mini Dress (£75)
Gabriela Hearst Virginia Sweetheart-Neck Linen-Denim Dress (£1290)
Ksubi Denim Mini Dress (£250)
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring summer 2021.
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