7 best spring dresses from candy stripes to a sunny slip

Emma McCarthy

1. The weekender

Lionel Richie once declared that Sunday mornings should be easy.

And things don’t get much simpler than denim, particularly when it comes in the form of a no-brainer dress that doesn’t even require you to fish a corresponding top out of your laundry basket.

MiH’s circle-cut option, which comes in classic indigo wash or Finnish stripe, is as cute as the buttons on it.

(£265, mih-jeans.com)

2. The sundress

When the sun shines, London goes into meltdown: how can you be expected to work/be inside/stay sober when the mercury rises above 20 degrees? On days like these, warm-weather hysteria also leads to questionable outfit choices. Ensure the first signs of sun don’t go to your head by keeping this sweet sundress within flinging-on range. Plus, the long sleeves will keep you covered if the sun disappears after five minutes.

(£48, topshop.com)

3. The all-rounder

Low-maintenance types looking for a dress they can wear to work, as well as every wedding, barbecue and second cousin’s christening this year, plus covert job interviews and awkward meetings with in-laws, this dress is your saving grace. Part of Boden’s latest Icons — which lands today — the pop floral print is pretty but not twee. Similarly, the silk cut is feminine but thanks to the lack of skin on show it’s also universally appropriate. It’s for all these reasons and more that this all-rounder more than justifies its price tag.

(£250, boden.co.uk)

4. The millennial pink dress

There’s a lot to covet about this dress. Note the statement sleeve, the tie-neck and the waist-skimming cut. But the crowning glory of this M&S tunic is its unapologetic shade of pink — catnip for any millennial. As for whether or not the M&S pink dress will prove a contender to the legend that is THAT pink coat — or for that matter, Percy Pigs — is a matter for the tills to reveal.

(£45, marksandspencer.com)

5. The low down

Don’t be distracted by the eye-catching candy stripe — the root of our affection for this shirt dress lies in its hemline. If there’s one thing Londoners love more than a new Soho House opening it’s an exposed ankle, and the length of this dress — let’s call it the maxi-midi — flashes just the right amount of calf. Pair it with both ankle boots or sandals when the season finally arrives.

(£39.99, zara.com)

6. The sunny slip

They say that when you smile, the world smiles with you; and when you wear yellow, the world is a sunnier place. Ergo the more you wear yellow, the happier you’ll be? We’re not sure if this logic will pass for fact but we’ll run with it if it means we can make the daffodil our style icon. And if that doesn’t work, then the simplicity of this Monki slip is certainly something to smile about.

(£30, monki.com)

7. The dip-dye

Those on the hunt for a dress to stand out from the crowd should consider ombre. Much like a dip-dyed hairdo, a dress that starts off as one thing and finishes as another is a sure-fire conversation starter. Comeback kid Warehouse is leading the charge with this watch-me-walk Grecian gown.

(From a selection coming to warehouse.co.uk on May 15)