Dressing for spring is like a never-ending battle against Mother Nature’s mood swings. A chilly 55-degree morning can easily turn into a sweltering 80-degree afternoon, and an impromptu shower could cool off a wet afternoon in ways you weren’t prepared for. But one thing is for sure: spring marks the beginning of dress season and we couldn’t be happier about it.
“When spring comes around, I tend to jump right into a summer mindset when it comes to dress shopping,” says New York-based stylist Calvy Click. “I love an easy linen change or vacation-ready option in a fun, summery print. I streamline these purchases by wearing them a few months in advance, pairing them with a chunky cardigan, blazer, or classic jean jacket. I like to pair them with retro trainers and a mini bag so when summer comes I can keep it cool with sandals and a knit tote.”
Eco-conscious stylist Cassandra Dittmer, who works with celebrities like Laura Dern and Hillary Scott, echoes Click’s sentiments: “I prioritize using all-natural materials like cotton, silk and linen to keep me cool,” she says, and adds that it recommends more innovative garments. moisture-wicking materials like Tencel, Lyocell and pineapple waste-based pineapple for summer.
Shop the experts’ favorite spring and summer-ready dresses for 2022 below, plus find their tips to keep them feeling fresh.
We love a nap dress here, and this one is perfect for spring, too, with two sweet floral options and plenty of pretty bold colors, too. Do you want something a little shorter? Try the Elizabeth Nap dress.
A Click’s favourite, this summery print is perfect for work or play.
Use Dittmer’s trick to make any floral dress, like this top-notch style from Target, feel modern: “Jewelry enhances any look, and right now I love chunky, vintage silver pieces as well as having an architectural or aesthetic form. ”
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“I always light up when I see my co-workers in a cheerful floral outfit,” says Dittmer, who says the pattern is a fun way to convey energy and confidence on a Zoom call. “Also, the cyclical nature of flowers makes them an obvious and natural choice for the season.”
Another Dittmer pick, this watercolor effect dress exudes a floral touch.
This elegant wrap dress is perfect for strolling through the farmers market or the aisles of Target.
Make a simple floral dress with cutouts appropriate for the office by pairing it with an oversized denim jacket.
“I love an easy linen change or vacation-ready option in a fun, summery color,” says Click, who loves how versatile this breathable linen dress is.
Click says she would pair this dress “with a throwback sneaker and mini bag now, and sandals and a knit bag come summer.”
Peters’ choice, this boho-style dress is made from summer-ready linen and is easy to dress up or down.
This top notch dress from Urban Outfitters walks the line between modern and timeless. “As an edgy way to spice things up, pair it with a classic cowboy boot,” says Dittmer.
Dittmer recommends this cotton Ganni dress for its unexpected details, like the pointed collar.
“Mint is a hot color right now,” says Peters.
A Dittmer’s favorite, this dress is made for whatever fantasy event you have in the books this summer.
“Blumarine is making a huge comeback,” says influencer Audrey Peters. She pairs this ’90s-inspired dress with white sneakers for a daytime look, or wear it with strappy heels for dinner.
Another Dittmer pick, Mara Hoffman’s off-the-shoulder style has a subtle twist detail at the neckline, making it perfect for weddings and date nights alike.
Crafted from a Net Sustain and Dittmer approved fabric, this Tencel dress from Reformation features an elegant cutout detail on the side and an elegant crystal embellished chain.
This midi dress from Madewell receives 5 stars from customers, who rate the linen-blend style “light enough to wear on hot summer days.”
“I know this is nothing new, but I will always love the dress and sneaker combo,” says Dittmer, who loves the sustainable brand Feners.
This linen-blend dress has everything Dittmer is looking for in a spring style: it’s breathable, versatile and stylish for everyday wear.
Good American is a favorite of stylists, editors, and influencers for its flattering, easy-to-wear silhouettes, like this top-notch midi style.
Dittmer’s latest pick, this midi look from Sleeper is surprisingly wearable. Pair it with strappy heels for a date night look, or pair it with flats and a cropped jacket for a fun twist on a nighttime vibe.