This satin mini dress is available in both pink and bronze shades (we tried both). We’ve found wearing it instantly creates an effortlessly dressed-up look, while the waist tie, wide sleeves and front pleat complement the piece’s simplicity. The fit feels comfy and chic all in one, and the shape works well with heels and flats alike. Plus, there’s a hidden popper securing the front wrap neckline and pockets.
Spring is finally in the air, which means the days are getting longer, and sunnier months lie ahead. This new season provides plenty of opportunity for getting outside, after months of cold and dreary days. Whether you’re planning alfresco entertaining and are shopping for garden furniture or are enjoying fresh scents to get you in the mood for summer, it’s wardrobe changes that can make the most difference when it comes to embracing the new season.
You might favour a classic floral maxi dress as the weather warms up, or perhaps you are looking to follow key SS23 trends. Either way, there are plenty of options available worth perusing. Slip dresses still reign supreme as a wardrobe staple, and they can be layered over a long-sleeved top too. Meanwhile, shirred smock dresses are a keen favourite every year. Spring also tends to mark the beginning of wedding season, so shopping at this time of year means taking into account any upcoming occasions.
On the Fashion Week catwalks, Burberry, Chloé and Givenchy homed in on denim for this season, while Hermès served up tropical colours and Stella McCartney focused on light pink and yellow hues. However, if you favour classic black, fear not, as it was seen showcased by several designers for SS23, including Alexander McQueen, Dior and Versace.
Simply add on-trend accessories such as straw bags and white trainers for full spring-style impact. Whether you prefer floral prints, shirred detailing or shirt-dress styles, we’ve been trialling the best to buy now.
Our expert shopping team has been putting a few spring dresses through their paces, to find the best sartorial picks for the new season. From full-length styles to those with pockets, we’ve got all budgets covered.
How we tested
We’ve spent several weeks testing a selection of spring dresses, including mini, midi and maxi styles. Our tester trialled the pieces for daytime and evening, and looked at different patterns, shades and shapes across all price points. Keep scrolling for our list of the best spring dresses to buy right now.
The best spring dresses for 2023 are:
- Best overall – Next satin draped mini dress: £42, Next.co.uk
- Best mini dress – Ted Baker Priana poppy print tie-front mini dress: £122, Tedbaker.com
- Best midi dress – Free People oasis midi dress: £108, Freepeople.com
- Best maxi dress – Barbour Coraline dress: £99.95, Barbour.com
- Best wedding-guest dress – Oasis printed crepe pencil dress: £75.50, Very.co.uk