After weeks upon weeks spent working, walking, and basically living in stretchy pants, I'm ready to feel my legs again. Aren't you? With the arrival of warm weather, there's ample opportunity (cue the skirts and shorts), but really, few things make us giddier than a floral dress. Slipping one on feels like the ultimate precursor to spring—a signal that iced drinks, outdoor picnics, and more warm-weather pleasures are on the horizon.
Designers this season have turned the traditional floral dress on its head, transforming its sweet, saccharine image into something that feels modern, seductive, and powerful all at once. Although calico and vintage-inspired florals are still going strong, they've been making way for bigger, bolder abstract prints in punchy, vivid hues. As they're practically a spring-summer staple, you probably already own a few floral dresses you rotate through each season, but what's one (or two) more to the mix? My personal motto: You can never have enough, especially if you like to keep a fail-safe outfit in your clothing arsenal. To get you in the summer mood, I'm highlighting all of the epic floral dresses I think everyone should buy now. Also included are the various ways our favorite tastemakers are styling them. Scroll below to shop them all.
BP Print Mesh Minidress ($25)
I really can't think of a dress any cuter.
Glamorous High Neck Mini Smock Dress ($54)
Pair this with strappy nude heels and drop earrings for a formal look.
H&M Long Chiffon Dress ($50)
If you're looking for versatility, this one has you covered.
Free People Park Slope Maxi Dress ($148)
The comfort of an easy maxi dress truly is unparalleled.
Rolla's Shelley Datura Slip Dress ($129)
This looks so expensive.
Faithfull the Brand Alina Shirred Mini Dress ($179)
The watercolor effect adds a fun vintage vibe.
Réalisation The Christy Dress ($180)
Daisy prints are huge with the fashion set right now.
Minkpink Olla Mini Dress ($119)
Meet my post-lockdown outfit.
Christy Dawn The Colette Dress ($238)
Every piece from Christy Dawn is made from deadstock fabrics, so you can feel good about wearing it.
Afrm Wyatt Long Sleeve Wrap Dress ($128)
Can a wrap dress ever steer you wrong?
Afrm Assi Cutout Dress ($128)
The lace-up detail is really unique and eye-catching.
Paloma Wool No 628. Ikebana ($202)
Honestly, truly, I am obsessed, and the open back is gasp inducing.
Dôen Harbor Nightgown ($238)
Dôen dresses sell out in an instant, so don't expect this one to last long!
Miaou Arielle Stretch-Crepe Dress ($295)
If you're not a big floral-print person, here's a more subtle way to try it out.
Stella Nova Thelma Dress ($279)
I can imagine all of the cool Brooklyn girls wearing this with sneakers.
With Jéan Gigi Dress ($239)
This dress has been all over my feed.
Reformation Fairway Midi Dress ($250)
You really can't have a list of floral dresses and not expect a Reformation mention.
Sabina Sommer Alyssa Pink Dress ($257)
Add Sabina Sommer to your Rolodex of Scandi designers to know.
Kitri Calley Blue Floral Shirt Dress (£201)
Oh, look—I found the perfect summer dress.
Rixo Lauren Midi Dress ($400)
Give me all the big collars.
ByTiMo Ditsy Floral Poplin Maxi Dress ($394)
Scandi girls love a dramatic dress, and this one checks all of the boxes: big sleeves and tiered ruffles.
Nanushka Willow Mid-Length Dress ($565)
Yes, you can do florals even if you hate color.
Les Rêveries Shirred Halterneck Midi Dress ($495)
The halter neckline feels so fresh—this dress will look great with colorful sandals, sneakers, or any shoe you throw at it.
Lindsey Thornburg Clark Dress ($425)
All you need is a French braid, canvas sneakers, and a cruiser bike, and you'll have the perfect summer scene.
Mirae Daisy Dress ($330)
It's all about the little details with this one.
Natasha Zinko Collar Dress ($885)
If I had an unlimited budget, you better believe I'd buy this.
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