Whether you like a cold shoulder, pretty florals or banker stripes, there's a dress out there to help you welcome the warm season
I believe in the power of collective action to promote change. So perhaps if enough of us wear pretty spring dresses, the warm weather will arrive a little sooner. After a dismally extended winter, it's nearly time for us to bare our legs and arms again, so pick up a new dress or two and embrace spring with the ease of two-second dressing that flouncey numbers enable.
Here are 10 of our favourites this season...
1. Le Fou Wilfred, Couvin Dress, Aritzia, $228
Aritzia Flowy and dreamy, this maxi dress is unapologetically romantic with a low back, a drapey silhouette and beautifully soft fabric. The contrast ties give it a modern touch while the plissé pleats ensure it stays on the unfussy side of elegant.
Available at Aritzia boutiques and online
2. Strapless Dress, COS, $150
COSVancouver now has direct access to the London styles of COS. Doors opened recently to its new Gastown boutique and it's packed with the quintessential COS-cool pieces that's made this label a staple in wardrobes and runways around the world. The collection is sleek, modern, well-tailored—like this strapless technical knit dress with layered architectural details.
Available at COS and online
3. Reed Garden Fluted Sleeve Dress, Ann Taylor, $215
Ann TaylorA refreshing interpretation of more typical "spring florals," this easy-to-wear lined dress elegantly contours the body with its tailoring, which include a hidden back zipper, subtly fluted 3/4 sleeves, belt and keyhole neckline.
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4. Floral Fit and Flare, RW&CO, $149.90
RW&CoThis sweet dress encompasses three strong spring trends: fit and flare (still going strong), florals and deep blue. The abstract, graphic design and low back of this frock balances the more feminine silhouette. And it's got pockets to boot.
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5. Nersi Dress, Ted Baker, $320
Ted Baker Always a master of femininity and tailoring, this Ted Baker dress features the flattering (and on-trend) Bardot neckline on a fitted top that flares into an explosion of oversized florals in the skirt. Fully lined and French-seamed, this dress fits like couture.
Available at Ted Baker stores and online
6. Rose Flounce Dress, Miik, $185
MiikFrom sustainable Canadian label, Miik, this easy-wear dress is a classic wear-with-blazer-by-day, wear-with-heels-by-night kind of dress. The contrast stripes contour and strategically flatter the body while the flounced, pocketed skirt keeps things springtime fun.
Available at retailers across Canada online
7. Floral Ruffle Midi Dress, Topshop, $105
TopshopPretty in pink, this long-sleeved midi-length crew-neck dress might look modest at first glance, but check out the deep keyhole back and suddenly it's not quite so innocent. The sweet ruffle trim shows off contours while the asymmetrical hem is perfect for kicking up the heels.
Available at Topshop boutique in Hudson's Bay and online TheBay.com
8. Dress G015, Oak and Fort, $108
Oak & Fort This is the perfect transition dress into spring—cozy with its sweatshirt top layer, and tight, bright stripes with its dress-shirt detailing. Made of 100 per cent cotton, this will be your live-in uniform for next couple of months.
Available and Oak and Fort stores and online
9. Metallic Jacquard Dress, Betsey Johnson, $99.99
Betsy JohnsonAlways whimsical without ever losing sight of real-world wearability, Betsey Johnson continues to design dresses with extraordinary fabrics and details. This fit and flare dress features dreamy blush-coloured blossoms against an inky background, sprinkled with stardust. Made of substantial jacquard, this dress will drape beautifully.
Available at Hudson's Bay and online
10. Portuna Dress, Club Monaco, $329
Club MonacoClub Monaco’s Spring Collection was inspired by the cultural renaissance of travel throughout Europe and Eastern Asia. Originally influenced by the documentary Latcho Dro, the celebration of song and dance is evident in the sculptural peasant design of this dress, featuring contrasting floral prints, sheer blouson sleeves and an overall bohemian silhouette.
Available in-store at Club Monaco and online