In between lockdowns and loungewear, there isn’t much to be excited about at the moment, but there is one major thing that I’m starting to look forward to, and that’s floral dresses for spring (and wedding guest dresses come May).
High-street and designer brands have slowly started dropping their new collections, and I can assure will be both metaphorically and literally blossoming very soon.
Floaty, midi, mini or super-structured – there’s plenty of ways to work the trend this season. See our summer fashion trends report, to see this season’s twist on the trend: feel good dresses.
Floral dresses for weddings
Yes, I know it’s optimistic but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead for wedding guest season. If you want to stand out from the crowd, do take the ‘feel good dress’ trend seriously and opt for loud prints and bold colours. This season I’m especially loving pinks and reds.
Designers such as Marni, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana and Badgley Mischka embraced tropical vibes on their SS21 catwalks, giving a fresh twist on somewhat stale florals.
That said, if you’re more of a wallflower (pun intended, sorry), then fear not, there are still plenty of subtle ways to do florals this season. Brands such as Aje and Rixo have some clever ways of avoiding the saccharine, thanks to abstract prints, muted colours and patchwork details.
What do you wear with a floral dress?
Don’t feel like you’ve wasted money by buying a dress you’ll only wear once. The beauty of most floral dresses is that they can easily be dressed down.
I personally love pairing mine with an ugly sandal, be it a chunky flip flop or Birkenstock style flats. Pre-sandal season, I’ll be wearing mine with some track-sole boots to counter the overly-feminine feel.
Of course, if you are dressing up, then the barely-there sandal is always a winner. Whichever way you go, you can shop my edit of the best floral dresses below.
This print is ideal for those not wanting twee florals. Printed with a graphic floral motif in pastel shades, this dress is shaped from softly structured cotton twill to a voluminous frame, with a neat point collar and boxy sleeves balanced by an airy tiered skirt.
This piece is part of the brand's "UND Earth" collection and is made from recycled plastic bottles. For every piece sold, we donate €4 to Green Transition Denmark.
Designed with a delicate ditsy print, this floral midi dress comes complete with a pie crust neckline, flared sleeves and ruffle detailing.
The second collection of dresses designed by iconic British brand Ghost exclusively for M&S is here. Each of the 15 dresses showcases what Ghost does best: flattering, super-wearable silhouettes and beautiful vintage-inspired prints, like this meadow floral puff-sleeved midi dress.
Adorned with a playfully bold floral print Reiss' midi dress is ideal for Spring weddings. Style yours with mules.
Cut for a super flattering fit-and-flare silhouette Reiss' Olive dress is playfully adorned with muted blooms. Finished with a frilled collar pair yours with trainers or espadrilles.
Pairs perfectly with trainers and sandals alike.
Designed with Spring weddings and picnics in mind. Pair yours with mules or trainers depending upon your diary.
I love the subtle print on this dress, and the tiered shape is flattering on all body types.
Part of the designer’s AW20 collection, this dress will look great now with black tights and boots.
With a drawstring shoulder detail and in a monochrome abstract floral print, this feminine dress is perfect for spring.
The perfect 90s slip dress.
Thanks to its square neck and romantic print, this sustainable dress taps perfectly into the prairie dress trend.
Who said rose prints were naff? The minimal take on the trend works well on this midi dress.
If all-over floral prints scare you, this dress is the perfect compromise, and the linen fabric is ideal for summer.
As far as occasion dressing goes, this gown with its whimsical print and Bridgerton vibes is pretty spot on.
Marni's creative director Francesco Risso cites the free-spirited nature of the 1960s with the uplifting floral pattern illustrating this yellow and blue poplin Pop Graden Lily dress.
This buttoned-through dress features a contrast cotton collar that is oversized with a beautifully embroidered pattern, giving it a 40s feel.
This throw-on dress will look great with chunky flip flops this summer.