As the days get longer and (hopefully) warmer, I can feel my wardrobe getting lighter and more colorful too. That’s right, I’m talking about florals for spring dresses. In the words of Miranda Priestly: groundbreaking. It might not reinvent the fashion wheel, but a beautiful dress is an instant, pick-me-up kind of outfit. Just throw it on with your favorite shoes and some fun jewelry, and you’re ready to go!
So what makes a dress feel like enough to be an outfit? For me this spring, it’s all about something a step above the basic. Maybe it’s a bold color I wouldn’t usually wear, or a romantic print that gets me out of my neutral zone. Farm Rio became well known for their wildly colorful botanical and floral prints. The rich orange, cobalt, and violet color palette of their Mixed Living dress stopped me mid-scroll, and the pink Sweet Forest midi dress would be perfect for any garden party weddings you have coming up.
Sometimes it’s not about looking dressy, it’s just about looking put together as you rush out the door because you’re late to meet up with friends and you don’t have time to try on a bunch of different tops. This is where the shirtdress comes in! It’s polished and grown up, but you can wear it with sandals and your hair tossed up and still look chic, like this white linen version from Anthropologie. J.McLaughlin’s version is petal pink and collared for an extra sharp look. Polo Ralph Lauren always does a good shirtdress, and this pale blue with eyelet lace detailing is no different.
Tuckernuck is a treasure trove of fun, flirty and floral dresses. Maybe it’s because floral dresses are so in the DNA of the Southern wardrobe, but this botanical garden dress feels like a tropical vacation trapped in a piece of clothing. On the more streamlined side of things, you can get a similar tiered silhouette in a pale blue or a sandstone shade.
Shop the rest of our spring dresses edit below:
All of our recommendations are curated by Susan & the In The Groove editorial team. In some, but not all cases, we receive a small commission for leading you to what, how and where to buy all this wonderful stuff.