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12 Pretty Dresses for Spring

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Spring dresses are a wardrobe hero — toss it over your head, and BOOM, an outfit. Plus, they’re perfect for weekend picnics, summer weddings and fun travels. Here are 12 easy picks for those sunny days where you just can’t wait to get out of the house…

Thoughts? Which do you like? This jumpsuit is cute, too; and I’d love to wear this dress all summer.

P.S. The seven everyday clothes I swear by, and do you like these spring trends?

(Top dress by Dôen.)

  1. Kat says...

    These are often not the most commented posts, but I love them! I find myself exploring new sites and styles every time you do a post like this – thank you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, kat!

  2. Katie says...

    Thank you, as always, for including dresses and models of all shapes.

  3. Carly says...

    I just went to the loft and bought the off the shoulder one you link to at the end – love it so much!! Not somewhere I usually shop so thanks for the heads up!! My new summer go-to outfit! ?

  4. A Martin says...

    OOh I love the raindow shirt dress! Sadly, I feel like I would show my lady bits when sitting or “momming” around with the kids ?

  5. Omg that black floral Free People dress! Come to mama!

  6. Connie says...

    I would wear the Berry Flounce and the Gingham wrap like…every day. So. Cute.
    I love shirt dresses, but I always feel like I forgot to wear pants. I end up caving in and putting leggings underneath! Lol!

  7. Sarah says...

    I love these dresses! But, what do you do about a bra? Are there any comfortable strapless bra’s out there?

  8. Lisa says...

    Wow. That midi dress is so understated SEXY!

  9. Philyse says...

    I’d wear the Midi Strap and the Pink Daisies. The Floral Wrap is nice but, I’m not feeling the Tulip / Flutter hem.

  10. Kaitlin says...

    The crepe one from Artizia is beautiful and their clothes are so comfy!

    I would love to see a round-up of favourite post-partum clothes as part of a Motherhood Mondays. I’m three weeks from my due date and haven’t shopped for summer clothes yet because I don’t know what will be comfortable.

  11. I love the Crisscross Back, looks awesome! Beautiful finds!

  12. That crepe wrap, in linen, would be a dream. But then again I think everything in linen is a dream.

    I keep seeing more and more dresses made out of tencel (a sustainable fabric from wood cellulose). I was wondering how that wears if anyone knows. Does it breath? Is it lightweight? Does it make you sweat?

    • R.S. says...

      Mickey, I love tencel!! It’s kind of like rayon, but a little slicker and more drapey. It breaths really well and is great for spring and cooler summer days. I’d say it’s usually a midweight fabric.
      -R

    • Allison says...

      Tencel is one of the softest fabrics out there (reminds me of bamboo) so I have two shirts that I love in that fabric but it does have a tendency to wrinkle pretty easily (sort of along the lines of linen). So I recommend it but not for anything dressy.

    • So happy I came here to see the replies.

      Thank you, ladies.

      I won’t shy away from tencel now. I saw a few cute tencel dresses, but at 80 euros a pop, I didn’t want to risk buying something that wouldn’t wear well.

  13. Oh these dress is so cute!! I like the Berry Flounce one, looks so comfy.

  14. Lily says...

    You all are good at finding these! Could you ever do a post on shopping and where you look?

  15. JulieB says...

    I’m currently 0 for 3 in my spring dress buying attempts. I’m so. tired. of ending up wearing black when I get ready for church ? Plus we have a wedding coming up next month that I’d love a new dress for. I’ve been consoling myself that if I don’t find anything I can wear the great silk Anthropologie dress I bought for another wedding last year. Then it dawned on me, the baby will only be 5 months old. No way will I get through the wedding and reception without him wanting to nurse ?‍♀️ So now I’m really determined to find something!

  16. Jean Jones says...

    Wish you would sometimes post more affordable options in the things you display. While I enjoy your posts, it’s kind of depressing when all of the items are way past middle-income level.

    Thanks

    • Cynthia says...

      I agree.

    • Alison says...

      YES! All out of my budget!

    • Hannah says...

      Same!! All the dresses are around $100, which is out of my price range

    • Sasha says...

      I bought a really nice maxi dress at the Gap a couple of weeks ago for cheap ($42)- they had lots of good options!

    • Yes, I agree I find a lot of great options that are out of my budget, like, Rouje has a great collection of dresses to dreaammm for! I loved it too much that I wrote about it! But I found similar pieces at Topshop and Mango with a lower price tag. I also find that Midi skirts should be the next spring dress don’t you agree?

  17. Jo says...

    I feel like such a downer (insert Debbie downer face) but I don’t feel I ever identified with the easy spring dress mentality. I have to work to feel comfortable… Lotioning the dry winter skin and shaving everything and toenail situations? The right bra and undies that don’t show or that only show in a cute way? To those women who “throw it on over your head and you’re done”, or don’t feel self conscious, teach me all your secrets! ? womp whomp. Probably indicative of a lack of winter maintenance. Pretty dresses though!

    • Sasha says...

      I’m with you here Jo. I usually wear dresses with leggings underneath, when it’s really hot, bike shorts under. I try and find dresses where I don’t need a bra.

      For me an easy look is a sweater under overalls, not something where I am showing skin, and worrying about hair removal ?

  18. Savannah says...

    Come spring with light dresses and I dream of small tits! Just some cute perky braless wonders. In winter I love my enormous breasts that feed my baby and need a crane to hold them up but spring is here and I just want to be free and flat!

  19. Kat van der Hoorn says...

    I love your style so much! It would also be wonderful to see some more ethical brands (I love that you featured reformation) that focus on slow fashion, transparency, sustainability, and fair labor practices. In a site that celebrates women, it would also be wonderful to celebrate the ethical treatment of the women who make our clothes. For ideas, Elizabeth Suzann, Two Fold, Black Crane, Jamie + the Jones, Nikki Chasin are some great ones! Thank you for all you do.

    • Kathleen says...

      100% agree

    • Lily says...

      Yes but then people will be upset about the high price point. Can’t please everyone all the time.

  20. Emily says...

    Love these dresses! You should also check out Target’s new Universal Thread line of clothing, they have SUCH cute dresses and jumpsuits. :) I think you’d really like their style.

  21. Amanda G says...

    Ooh, I love that criss-cross back dress, but I’ve heard far too many Amazon dress purchase horror stories (where the dress looks NOTHING like the model picture) to spend over $100 on a dress with no reviews from real people! I’ll just have to sit and wait for a bit :)

  22. Laura says...

    florals for spring? groundbreaking.

    (i kid obviously and think these dresses are lovely but can’t help but think of that reference every time i see florals in the springtime)

  23. I love the cream and gingham dresses. So pretty for Spring!
    xAllie

  24. Steph says...

    Is it just me or does the Madewell pink daisies dress look very “90’s Friends”. Love it, btw!

    • I was watching early Friends episodes the other day and marveling at how many of their outfits I would wear. The fashion of my youth has totally come full circle!

    • anon says...

      Yess!I can totally picture Phoebe rocking that dress!