The Best Casual and Simple Dresses for Spring
I love casual spring dresses. Whether they’re super casual sundresses or a dressier option, it’s so nice to have a one-and-done style to wear when you want to look put together with ease. I was inspired to look into new casual and simple spring dresses this past week to refresh my closet. Over the past fall and winter, I sold a bunch of the older styles I had on Poshmark and ThredUp with the intention of picking up a couple of new ones once spring came around.
Well, now it’s almost spring! Time to look into revamping that wardrobe! To be honest, living in Florida, most of the year is well suited for spring dresses. However, good luck finding cute options during the winter when the rest of the world is dealing with snow. Stores are starting to come out with their spring lines, though, so it’s the perfect time to take a look.
Simple and Staple Spring Dresses
First things first, my priority this season is restocking my simple, staple spring dresses. I love a fit-and-flare like the Run Ahead Smocked Minidress here — plus, the color is amazing — or a casual cover-up style dress like this Rip Curl option on the right (which also comes in black).
The Tupelo Honey Dress from Lulu’s is a great option, and they tend to have it in different colors. I have it in an olive green and a navy, but I really wish I had sized up and now it’s too late to return them. The style is great (and it has pockets!). If you want a more form-fitting silhouette, order your true style. If you want a looser look, like the style pictured, I’d recommend ordering a size larger than your usual.
I had a bunch of Loft dresses for when I was working an office job and they were amazing, but I completely wore them to death. I suspect the massive closet purge I did with those has something to blame for my dress-less predicament right now. Loft always has great sales, so I took advantage of their Leap Day deals and ordered the Ruffle Eyelet Swing Dress and Lily Embroidered Swing Dress. I had seen the green Ruffle Dress in stores but wanted the petite version (the regular style seemed like it could be pretty long). The similarly-styled Free People Easy Street Minidress is a great option for a related silhouette.
Sundresses and Floral Options
If you’re looking for a more traditionally spring-y dress, this section is going to be for you. Target has had a ton of great sundress options lately, and I feel like this Floral Print Square Neck Dress would be so easy to throw on for a spur of the moment dinner or even for just running errands.
The Lulu’s Fairytale Bliss Skater Dress is a bit more of a statement piece, with brighter colors, but it’s also available in more muted motifs. I love the rich blue, though.
Continuing with the Loft finds from the previous section, I’m loving the Beach Paisley Ruffle Sleeve Dress and Floral Vine Tiered Dress. Both feature some pops of color while still being pretty muted. I’m eager to try on the Floral Vine option; I think that would be a new favorite spring and summer dress for me.
While I love the look on others, I’ve never personally had a shirtdress that I’ve loved — it’s just not a style I’m generally super comfortable in. That being said, this Lou & Grey Galaxy Pocket Shirtdress might just change my mind. First, it’s green. Second, it has pockets. So tempting.
If you’re looking for a slightly-dressier but still light and fun floral option, I recommend checking out Modcloth’s Fleur the Longest Time Midi Dress and Target’s Floral Print Button-Front Mini. I feel like both of these pieces could be dressed up or down depending on the shoe you pick and makeup you do. The Fleur the Longest Time Midi Dress also has a really cute cut out in the back, which adds some nice detail to the style.
Lastly, Billabong’s Sweet For Ya Floral A-Line Dress and Target’s Floral Print Button Mini Dress are great options for casual, daily wear. My closet is typically full of darker colors, so I’m drawn towards the former, but if you’re looking for a brighter option, I think the Floral Print Button Mini Dress is really ideal.
Dressier Spring Dress Options
Now, for the dressier options. I found a ton of great spring dresses to fit this category from Modcloth, Nordstrom, and Lulu’s. It was difficult to narrow down what I found, but I’m pretty happy with this set of six options.
The Verona Lace Trim Minidress from Free People has been calling my name for a while now. It’s not exactly a new style — it’s been out for probably a year now — but they keep adding different colors. The white is a classic spring color, but they have a few other great options, too.
Besides the Verona Minidress, Modcloth’s astrological-inspired green a-line style is a great option for a night out, as is the Lulu’s Best Day Ever Skater Dress. Both options are super flattering and would look great with flats or wedges, depending on the look you were going for.
The Esperanza Black and Pink Floral Print Midi Dress caught my eye because it reminded me of a previous Zimmermann style that I was coveting (this isn’t the exact dress I was thinking of, but it was similar to this). The Forever Fields Minidress is a great option for day-to-night and it comes in a few great motifs. I loved this blue and cream option, but the other colors are gorgeous, as well.
Last, but not least, the Lulu’s Neva Navy Blue Floral Print Off-the-Shoulder Maxi struck me as the perfect light-weight maxi dress for the spring and summer. Dress it up or down and you’re good to go!