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24 Best Spring Dresses That Are Equal Parts Cute and Comfy

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Trees are blooming, days are longer, and there’s a fresh energy in the air. Your vitamin-D-deficient wardrobe can feel it too, as the best spring dresses are calling. Now that the sun has made more than a few cameos in 2023, the time to manifest your favorite spring outfits is nigh. 

Street style looks from fashion month have caused a number of spring dress trends to take off, from lacy numbers that straddle the line between elegant and edgy to vibrant maxi dresses that add a pop of color on gloomy days. Tried-and-true textiles like poplin, denim, and silk (classic for slip dresses) make appearances, with subtle tweaks in styling (like pairing the latter with an oversized bomber, a key spring jacket trend) to bring them into the now. 

After an endless winter, these cute spring dresses feel like a breath of fresh air—and the dominating fashion trends offer a little something for everyone. Shop them below. 

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Leather and Lace

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If you’re constantly asking WWSND (“What Would Stevie Nicks Do?”) the answer is always pair leather with lace. The whimsigoth queen perhaps meant that metaphorically, but we’re being quite literal. Bridging from last year’s slip dress trend, we’re adding a layer of grunge to the classic feminine piece in the form of heavy boots and/or a leather jacket. Snag outfit ideas from #balletcore or #ballerinasleaze, or the Miu Miu spring-summer 2023 show arrivals (we’re still sweating from this Cindy Bruna masterpiece) for something more polished. PS: If you’re looking for celeb inspo, Alexa Chung has walked these roads for literal years

A New Day Women’s V-Neck Slip Dress

Boden Elena Midi Slip Dress

Abercrombie & Fitch Lace-Trim Satin Midi Slip Dress

Free People Simply Biased Slip

Wilfred Only Lace Slip Dress

Madewell Papinelle Sleepwear Silk Lace Slip

Wedding Guest Attire

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If your calendar is starting to look stacked with nuptials and baby showers and other ceremonies, consider this the perfect place to find a spring and summer wedding guest dress you can wear throughout the warmer months. Reformation just dropped a ton of slinky, satiny styles, while Hill House has the breezy dresses you’ll want to wear to all your garden lunches and al fresco parties. For beach settings, consider anything from Free People’s and Anthropologie’s latest dress arrivals golden.

Free People Sundrenched Printed Maxi-Dress

Hill House Home The Anjuli Nap Dress

Pretty in Poplin 

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Easygoing and elegant, poplin is an undefeated spring classic. While oversized button-up shirts (and shirt dresses) ruled last year, we’re taking things a step further by wearing the crisp cotton material in more structured silhouettes from the likes of Tory Burch and Johnathan Simkhai. Have any nuptials on deck? These happen to make for excellent spring or summer wedding guest attire—particularly if the celebrations are al fresco.

A New Day Women’s Sleeveless Poplin Dress

J.Crew Tiered Cotton Poplin Minidress

Madewell Petite Sidonie Poplin Maxi-Dress

Hill House Home The Ophelia Dress

No Pants, No Problem 

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Blame it on the “vibe shift” or (more likely) the ’90s comeback, but miniskirts are back, and so are micro-mini dresses. While last year they were in the form of actual dresses, this time around they’re simply oversized shirts. Crewnecks, polos, band tees, and even soccer jerseys (say hi to your moto jacket and Adidas Sambas for me) are ripe for pairing with absolutely no pants—or maybe just the hint of bike shorts with semisheer tights

Ascot + Hart Long-Sleeve Graphic Sweater Polo Shirt

Formula 1 x PacSun Fast Boyfriend T-Shirt 45

Adidas Jacquard Long-Sleeve Jersey

Free People Freda Polo Tunic

Daydreamer Fleetwood Mac Rumors Tee

Ruffled Out 

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Minidresses may be your typical warm-weather fare, but don’t underestimate the power of the maxi—especially where frill is involved. Hailey Beiber, Victoria Beckham, and mother Lizzo have all worn ruffles in varying degrees of opulence, but this is a trend where more is more: hemline, frill, and color included. Plus, if you get hot, simply fan out your skirt for an instant cool-down. 

Prettygarden Women’s Cross-Neck Summer Sleeveless Tiered Maxi-Dress

AlvaQ Knot-Front V-Neck Ruffled Long-Sleeve Dress

J.Crew Collection Ruffle Oversized Gingham Dress

Boden Maxi Ruffle Tulle Dress