This article was created in partnership with Gap.
We adore a dress all year round, but these days, with no need to mess with tights, we find ourselves reaching for one most days. A great spring dress is the perfect easy outfit you’ll wear on repeat all season long, and it won’t feel like a uniform if you layer on the right tees and accessories. Want inspo? Here are four looks, each illustrating the power of a stellar spring dress. Imagine: a work look you’ll legitimately be excited to wear, a pretty party getup, and other sartorial proof that the dress is the hero of your spring wardrobe, ahead.
At the Office
The navy hue of this shift dress means it works with basically everything, while eyelet detailing elevates the clean-lined silhouette and imparts a polished touch. It’s exactly the piece to reach for on a harried Tuesday morning when you need to look as capable as you are. Add a structured tote for your laptop and comfy flats with a sleek pointed-toe in a fun animal print, plus a minimalist statement bangle and cat-eye tortoiseshell sunnies, and you’re good to go.
Eyelet Embroidered Shift Dress in Navy, $79.95 at Gap; Day Market Tote in Cognac, $175 at Everlane; Cat Eye Sunglasses, $34.95 at Gap; The Point Flats in Big Cat, $145 at Rothy’s; Loves Me Knot Cuff in Gold, $98 at Kate Spade New York
The only thing better than brunch with your girls is brunch at a sidewalk cafe with your girls. A floral dress feels completely right, and this one checks all the perfect-dress boxes: pretty pattern, breathable cotton weave, and it even has pockets! Add a fedora, gold slides that temper the metallic flash with espadrille-esque soles, plus a versatile black bag with perforated laser-cut detailing that looks like an epic vintage score. Top it off with mod pink shades; after all, if there’s ever a setting to be viewed through rose-colored glasses, it’s the idyllic vibes of a spring day.
Apron Dress in White Floral, $69.95 at Gap; Acetate Round Frame Sunglasses in Pale Pink, $24.50 at Gap; Straw Fedora, $19.95 at Gap; Rachel Footbed Sandals in Gold, $40 at Topshop; Laser Cut Round Bag in Black, $59.99 at Mango
Dinner In The Neighborhood
This denim apron dress is the slightly structured, versatile spring staple that’s just as awesome as your beloved pair of jeans, but in sweet-yet-polished frock form. It’s ultra comfortable, can be dressed up or down with ease and is perfect for a mellow meal out with your partner or pals. For extra warmth until it’s balmy enough to wear the sleeveless, square-necked number on its own, try a snug, slim layer underneath, like a timeless striped long sleeve tee in ultra-lightweight cotton. It’s a subtly ’90s twist, similar to the appeal of a silky slip-dress atop a tee, that lends coverage without getting in the way of a great dress. A compact saddle bag in crisp white is a spring-into-summer staples you’ll use on loop, while sculptural earrings add low-key flair and gingham print knotted mules play off the tee’s striping.
Denim Apron Dress, $49.95, at Gap; Featherweight Stripe Long Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt in Black Stripe, $29.95 at Gap; Crossbody Saddle Bag in Milk, $44.95 at Gap; Pointed Toe Loafer Mules in Gingham, $28 at Forever 21; Circular pendant earrings, $49.99 at Mango
Daytime Birthday Party
From beer garden get-togethers to outdoor brunching, the season presents all sorts of reasons to reach for an airy dress that’s trimmed with special details. This one, in a muted green, offers the perfect pop of color, while its subtly scalloped hem and sleeves make it celebration-worthy. Wear it to the array of open-air birthday gatherings that tend to happen around this time of year, when everyone’s eager to shed the layers and get their party on. An interestingly shaped wooden bag with a beaded handle basically doubles as jewelry, and a lightweight patterned scarf adds flair. Pull on cool kicks in a neutral hue, for comfort as much as the Instagram #OOTD potential.
Eyelet Embroidered Shift Dress in Sage Green, $79.95 at Gap; Small Beaded Wood Bag, $79.99 at Mango; Oblong Print Fringe Scarf in Vintage Navy, $29.95 at Gap; Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top, $50 at Converse; White and Gold Catmaster Sunglasses, $26 at Topshop