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Fresh Dress Trends To See You Through Spring 2021

We don’t know about you but after 12 months of cosy loungewear, we’re ready for a change. Sure, we needed to be coddled by comfort during lockdown but as the days get longer and the first signs of spring appear, we have the urge to shimmy out of our joggers and into dresses made for frolicking.

So what’s on the agenda this season? Tiered and puff-sleeved dresses are still going strong after last summer’s cottagecore wave and its predecessor, the prairie trend, but this spring we’re looking to new styles and silhouettes that have piqued our interest. Fans of romance and ruffles can still find hyperfeminine pieces in the white micro trend, thanks to labels at SS21 from Acne to Altuzarra making the crisp hue the most appealing of the season. Just try to avoid those spillages…

For those unwilling to compromise on comfort, the knitted dress will make a happy change from your co-ordinating loungewear while swerving any structured rigidity. Denim, neglected and gathering dust for the majority of the past year, is this season’s comeback kid. Thanks to impressive sustainability innovations, there’s a slew of upcycled and reworked dresses to choose from. And what would spring be without gingham? The picnic print never fails to signal the optimism of the new season. If that feels too bucolic for you, psychedelic prints from checkerboard to swirls will be right up your street.

Ahead, meet the five dress trends convincing us to ditch our sweats this spring.



If you loved last year’s cottagecore trend, there’s plenty on offer to keep the romance alive this season, from puff sleeves to broderie anglaise. Look to Alberta Ferretti and Anna Sui for bohemian, spring-ready inspiration. If hyperfeminine pieces aren’t your bag, Gabriela Hearst and Jil Sander’s slick take on the white dress will provide minimalists with plenty of choice.
Mango Textured Cotton-Blend Dress, $, available at Mango
Meadows Pineapple Dress, $, available at Meadows
Zara Midi Dress With Topstitching, $, available at Zara
Mara Hoffman Extended Elle Dress, $, available at Mara Hoffman
COS Pleated Shirt Dress, $, available at COS
Urban Outfitters Lace-Trim Prairie Mini Dress, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Reformation Harvest Dress Es, $, available at Reformation


Does anything scream spring like gingham? Archival photos of Brigitte Bardot wearing capri pants and blouses in the timeless print give us summer-in-southern-France vibes; more recently, Copenhagen stalwart Ganni has rebranded gingham as the city dweller’s coolest pattern when teamed with retro kicks and a nylon cross-body bag.
Lola May Curve Tiered Smock Dress In Orange Check, $, available at ASOS
Faithfull the Brand Kiona Tiered Checked Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
Mango Gingham Check Cottoned Dress, $, available at Mango
Ganni Check Seersucker Maxi-Dress, $, available at Liberty London
H&M Balloon-Sleeved Dress, $, available at H&M
Ganni Shirred-Bodice Gingham-Seersucker Maxi Dress, $, available at MatchesFashion
Warehouse Gingham Dress With Square Neck, $, available at Warehouse


Thanks to Katie Holmes’ 2019 turn in Khaite’s bralette and cardigan co-ord, knitwear went from reliable winter essential to a luxuriously sexy option for spring. For those looking for an alternative to loungewear without forgoing cosiness, consider the knitted dress: smart enough for Zoom calls, soft enough for lolling around the house. Go sleeveless when the sunshine makes an appearance.
& Other Stories Belted Merino Wool Knit Midi Dress, $, available at & Other Stories
Karen Millen Curve Button Detail Knitted Rib Dress, $, available at KAREN MILLEN
H&M Rib-Knit Dress, $, available at H&M
Rachel Comey Salo Dress, $, available at Goodhood
Weekday Jane Knitted Dress, $, available at Weekday
Nanushka Cedro One-Sleeve Tie-Detailed Stretch-Knit Midi Dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
Arket Rib Knit Dress, $, available at Arket


If gingham feels too saccharine for you, then the slew of wavy contemporary prints thrown up by cult labels like Paloma Wool and House of Sunny should do the trick. From LA-inspired zesty and sunset hues to more graphic black and white patterns, bolder is definitely better.
Simon Miller Esmond Slip Dress, $, available at Joan The Store
H&M Plus Balloon Sleeved Dress, $, available at H&M
Paloma Wool Problema Locas Print Fitted Dress, $, available at Liberty London
UO Naomi Cow Print Halter Dress, $, available at Urban Outfitters
House Of Sunny Hockney Dress, $, available at House of Sunny
Weekday Meja Sleeveless Dress, $, available at Weekday
LF Markey x Goodhood Cameron Dress Black/White, $, available at Goodhood


From Ganni x Levi’s recycled collaboration to Arket’s patchwork drop, denim is enjoying its time in the sun after 12 months of being relegated to the back of our wardrobe. Our favourite denim pieces include XXL collars and puff sleeves but traditional shirt dresses are a great springtime workwear option, too.
Ganni X Levi’s Ruffled-Collar Denim Shirt Dress, $, available at MatchesFashion
Violeta By Mango Denim Dress, $, available at Mango
Kika Vargas Kika Vargas Puffed-Sleeve Denim Dress, $, available at MatchesFashion
& Other Stories Statement Collar Denim Mini Dress, $, available at & Other Stories
Emilia Wickstead Petra Belted Stretch-Denim Midi Dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
Coast Puff Sleeve Yoke Detail Denim Dress, $, available at Coast


Credit: Original article published here.

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