Does anyone else have a hard time dressing for formal occasions in transitional seasons? The idea of a “Spring Wedding” sounds wonderful, with visions of sipping champagne in a pretty dress on a patio, enjoying the first days of warm weather as the sun basks down on the party. The reality is that it’s still 50 degrees in early April, weddings occur in the evening, and I’m freezing ALL the time. So, with that reality check in mind, I’ve begun the search for a dress to wear to a wedding that meets a few requirements. 1. I’m not going to be freezing and uncomfortable, 2. I can wear the dress to a formal occasion, but can also dress it down for everyday, 3. It’s not so trendy that I’ll be over it this time next year.
No wedding to attend? Well, these dresses work for any and all of your spring occasions- showers, birthdays, Easter, Passover, BRUNCH! Whatever it is that has you dressing fancy, these dresses will take the “but what will I wear” stress out of getting ready for an event, and leave only time for fun!
So, what to wear?
Would you believe that this dress is even more beautiful in person? Well, it is! And, the combination of yellow and pale pink is one that would be stunning on any complexion. Also, this multitasker would look just as good at a formal occasion with heels as it would with sandals, a wide brimmed hat, and straw bag for a casual summer day. I haven’t seen a full size run available in one location, but you can still find all sizes out there, by checking here, here, here. It’s also available in stores at Anthropologie, but isn’t on their website. It’s the priciest of my picks, but when you do the ol’ ‘cost per wear’ trick it really is a steal! That’s how that works, right… 😉
It’s no wonder this dress has 145 5-star reviews. It has a flattering-for-many-body-types silhouette, comes in 7 colors, and would look great with a leather jacket and sneakers to keep wearing it after your event. Oh, it’s also under $100!
Florals for spring? Groundbreaking…name the movie! Seriously though, this dress is so floaty and gorgeous, and I love how the hem is slightly lower in the back, without feeling too drastic or trendy. Also, the slightly shorter lining gives a little bit of edge to this otherwise sweet, feminine piece.
‘Cold shoulder’ styles are here to stay, and I love it! My arms are my *least* favorite part of my body, so even having a little wisp of fabric over them is always welcomed. On this particular dress I really like how the flutter sleeve wraps around the back of the dress to add a delicate ruffled layer.
This dress is so unlike most things that I wear, but I find myself remarkably drawn to it! Also, this is one where dressing it down wouldn’t be a challenge, and dressing up with jewelry, hair, makeup would really make it unique.
I know, this one looks SUPER sexy, and a little intimidating. Really, it’s just because the model is very sassy! The swiss dot-esque pattern allows for this to be very sweet. And, if the black feels a little too sultry, it’s also available in lilac here.
A sandal that goes with everything- including all of the dresses above! For those who can (or will) wear a higher heel height, they’re available here in a 4 1/4″ heel. I’m old and refuse to suffer- or go barefoot- so I’ll stick with the more modest 3″ heel.
If you’ve read reviews of this that sounded too good to be true, believe them. This wrap has a cult following for a reason! The cashmere is so soft, but still has a nice weight that can stand up to travel, and when unfolded is about the size of a small blanket. Perfect to stay cozy, but still look chic! It also comes in a wide array of colors (and stripes!) so you can always find one to go with your ensemble.