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💜 Top Spring & Summer Dresses That Are Trending 2021

This spring and summer, with all of our enthusiasm pent up, now is your chance to play dress up and break out of the dullness of wearing our weekly sweatpant uniform. A new dress can make you feel beautiful and is one of those pieces that can do wonders for our confidence level. It is very evident that this season’s styles are geared towards lightweight, effortless designs which are meant for relaxing at home or taking on a beach vacation. Much like our lifestyles will be from now until the end of 2021. However, we are also seeing some bold, bright trends rolled into the mix. Perhaps for those that want to shake things up a bit and have a little fun this spring and summer. Volume is popular again with trends like puffy sleeves reminiscent of the eccentric 80’s style mini dresses – fun for a special occasion. There are many to choose from in prints, patterns, and styles this spring and summer. Read on below to discover the top spring and summer dress trends of 2021.  

Nap Dress

Really, it was a trend last year, but it seems to be making a bigger comeback this year. Likely, working from home will continue throughout the summer. This peasant-style dress was inspired by Hill House Home and likely gained momentum when Bridgerton debuted earlier this year. There are many different styles you can choose from, such as dusty pink ruched busts and capped sleeves, long floral tiered maxis, or whimsical prairie dresses in solid white. They are so cute to style for spring, summer, or even as we long ahead to fall as well! From boho chic with sandals, a leather cross-body, and a jean jacket. Or, you can go grunge with boots, a graphic tee, and a leather jacket into fall. 

Bold Colors

Bright and bold colors bring that spring refresh we have been looking for! It will also bring life and vibrancy back into our closets. So be on the lookout for colors especially in bubblegum pink and yellows this spring and summer. Also prints in – bold florals and colorful new takes on tie-dyes. Just as these colors are splashy, so are their styles. From maxi and midi lengths to puffy and asymmetrical sleeves – these styles are dying to be taken out on the town or to a dine-in-only restaurant. Perhaps this summer you can dance the night away this summer in one of these hot summer dresses! 

White Dresses

In the name of this season’s spirit of effortless chic, white dresses have naturally found their way to top trending dresses of spring and summer 2021. I mean, what is more effortless, fresh, and classic than a spring white dress? From poplin midis, tiered maxis or peasant dresses with puffy sleeves – these sweet numbers will keep you feeling your best all spring and summer long. They are so boho and cool, that you can throw on a pair of sandals or sneakers and look easily put together. White dresses are great for vacations too as they double as beach cover-ups or tunics. Throw them on with flip-flops for when you head to lunch on the beach.

Slip Dress

slip dress is one of those versatile pieces in your closet that you can pretty much wear all year round. For spring, you can choose a midi floral print slip dress and pair it with quilted slides and an oversized cardigan. For a dressier look try a silk or satin slip dress in a pastel or lighter color. Then, pair with an edgy moto jacket and boots or heels. That’s one thing that makes slip dresses so great, you can wear them with anything and they won’t fight with much. They layer perfectly under or over everything like a basic T-shirt or long sleeve even for fall too. That’s why it is wise to have slip dresses in a couple of different colors and prints in your wardrobe.

Mini Dress

The 80’s mini dress is having a moment for spring and summer. I see it as, once social distancing orders have lifted (hopefully this summer) everyone is going to celebrate! So let’s bust out our 80’s mini dresses ladies – just in time for summer! If you are ready to show a little leg, summer is probably the time to do it. Puffy sleeves, maybe a little glitter too? I see this trend as being something I could get in on. The more color the better too! So look out for bright, bold, and statement colors because I think it’s time for a celebration!

Maxi Dress

This season, the long maxi dresses are very much in style – be it straight or oversized as it is very much a symbol of femininity. Maxi dresses are so versatile and look great on nearly every body type which makes them universally flattering. I love that they have a boho vibe and that they also transcend all seasons. You can take one maxi dress and change it up until spring, summer or fall by adding a new coat or shoe to give it a completely different look. For spring, try an oversized spaghetti strap floral maxi dress with gladiator sandals, a Levi’s crop jean jacket, and a straw tote bag.  

Spring is definitely upon us and I hope these dress trends get you excited to start dressing up again! With all these new styles out there it makes it so fun to start trying new trends – which ones will you try this spring and summer? 

 

Fashionably,

Bailey

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Bailey Stuvland is a California girl who loves talking about all things fashion. With more than ten years of styling experience for personal clients and with brands like Stitch Fix, she enjoys helping others find what they love to wear. Her mission is to help people not only look good on the outside, but feel good on the inside by having fun with outfits, accessories and beauty. You can find her blog at The Bailey Dailies.

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