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Casual Spring Dress Trends

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March 17, 2021

You could google all the different sites about what is on trend for spring and they’ll all tell you something contradictory to what the last article said. One post I read even said that G strings are in. NO THANK YOU. This is why dressing in whatever makes you feel most comfortable and special will always be in style. I put together a list of what I think the big trends of the spring are going to be. I have felt all year that a lot of designers and brands have kept back their best stuff for this year and beyond because a large majority of people last year were staying home and not buying anything to go out in. I still bought  a few must have pieces for later but I grew tired of shopping all of the different coordinating sweats on the internet. I’m ready for spring. I’m ready for dinners on the patio.

This post is going to specially focus on dresses because honestly, skirts and dresses are what I’m wearing a majority of the time. They’re more comfortable than pants and I love how feminine they are. If you are looking for a fun easter dress that you can wear beyond the holiday I have an entire post of dresses here ranging from $35-$200.

Here are some fun trends for  casual dresses I’m seeing emerge for Spring 2021

Casual Spring 2021 Dress Trends

Oversized Shoulders – The 90’s are continuing to push their way to the front of the line again and I love the dramatic oversized shoulders in both dresses and blazers. Even better when it’s a blazer dress. Think 90’s Martha Stewart  with a modern twist. Why did we ever get rid of shoulder pads?

Neons – I remember about ten years ago these plastic bright neon bags were in style and I wanted one so so bad but I was newly married and had to spend my money on other adult things. Now.. Neon is back. Specifically I’m seeing a lot of bright Pinks and Neon yellows. I don’t think there is anything happier than a bright neon pink dress.

Pastels – If neons are not your style the contrast to that would be pastels. Many of the spring dress trends i’m seeing are Easter egg pastel colors like a light lavender or robins egg blue. I love the dramatic sleeve of this pastel green dress or the rainbow pastel hues of this one shoulder dress.

Casual Fashion Trends for Spring

Show them legs girl – The return of the micro mini skirt is here and while i’m not super comfortable wearing shorter things I find a nice balance by compensating with the longer sleeve. Can’t reveal it all at once now can we? This dress i’m wearing is from Sezane and is a good balance of embracing the shorter style but still being a bit on the conservative side. If you like it a bit longer still it comes in this style as well that is more knee length.

Head Scarves! – I am so pumped for this style. I love a silk scarf tied back to keep flyaways at bay. I typically am wearing a cotton one out in the garden to keep ticks out of my hair (glamerous I know) but I love the idea of an Audrey Hepburn style scarf tied back with sleek sunnies and a fun coordinating spring dress. Madewell has some great ones for under $25.

Volume – Dresses for spring are showing voluminous skirts as well as dramatic sleeves. You can never go wrong with a pretty tiered tulle dress. Asos is my go to site for inexpensive statement pieces.  Pair with a lightweight cardigan or statement belt and you are ready for a brisk walk around the farmers market or date night.

Short Floral Button Up Dress for Spring

Mix in your current staples – They’re called staples for a reason! Mix in your classic trench with your bold neon pink dress this spring or top it off with your favorite cardigan. I always buy shoes that feel timeless so they always seem to go with whatever the trends are. Investing in staples is one of the best things I do for my wardrobe because once I find something I love, I wear it forever and want it to live forever.

To recap what I’m noticing the trends shaping up to be for spring dresses.

  1. Oversized Shoulders
  2. Neons
  3. Pastels
  4. Short hems
  5. Coordinating head scarves
  6. Volume
  7. Mixing in staple pieces

By no means are these hard and fast rules. Wear what makes you feel good!

What trends are you seeing for spring?

Don’t forget to read three trends I wish would go away in 2021! 

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Abigail Albers       Author

Abby is a wife and mother, antique shopper, entrepreneur, gardener, sheep lady, sequin enthusiast and your Midwest Martha Stewart Wannabe.. Follow her on instagram @adventuresinabbyland.

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