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How to wear spring dresses



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Whether the sun is shining or it’s bitterly cold outside, we’ve got all the outfit ideas you need to perfect transitional dressing. The key? Layering! With a few hero pieces, you can master how to dress for spring, whatever the weather. 


To give you a helping hand, here are five midi dresses for your next weekend shop at Cabot Circus, along with our top styling tips: 
Selection of day to night dresses

Smart spring dresses

With a colour palette inspired by the Chloé SS19 show, this look feels incredibly premium – making it ideal for your working week (and any weeknight engagements, too). Think tonal shades of khaki and beige, coppers and mustard hues. Don’t forget the print of the season (or should that be decade), too: animal print. 

The Karen Millen shirt dress (modelled above) is lightweight and floaty, so it’s great for layering as it won’t look bulky at all. Leopard print has never looked so work appropriate! Pair it with a classic trench coat – it’ll see you through spring and beyond, and work with every outfit imaginable.

Feeling the chill? 
The Western-style boot is still a key style for the season, so opt for this spring-friendly grey suede pair from Jigsaw (cut low on the ankle). Layer with a cotton roll-neck and you’re all set. 

Things warming up? 

Ditch the roll-neck and swap your boots for block heel courts or Mary-Janes. Take advantage of the dress’ neckline and pile on some necklaces. Sun’s out, sunnies on: grab some tortoiseshell ones to compliment the outfit. 

Main image: Organic cotton trench coat, £135, Cos; French Connection animal print shirt dress, £120, House of Fraser; cotton turtle neck, £29, & Other Stories; Jigsaw Camila suede Western boots, £150, House of Fraser; Jigsaw Brix leather stud bag, £98, House of Fraser; Jigsaw resin earrings, £25, House of Fraser
Dresses: Donella military detailed khaki midi dress, £265, Reiss; animal print shirt dress, £40, Next; striped shirt dress, £25.99, Bershka – now open!

Selection of pretty and printed dresses

Printed spring dresses

We feel pretty, oh so pretty. But this is pretty with a big ol’ dose of attitude. Go as daring as you like: pastel hues, ditzy or graphic florals, checks, spots, stripes… Look for buttoned fronts or slashes at the front, wrap dress styles or roomy kaftans, then play down the prettiness with cool sporty additions and casual denim. Perfect for all your weekend plans. 

With its vintage floral print, this amazing Isabel Marant frock (modelled above) ticks the patterned dress box. Its luxe silk chiffon material glides and floats, helping it counterbalance the jeans underneath to keep the silhouette sleeker and more wearable. 

Feeling the chill? 

Throw on some straight leg (leave a few buttons open at the bottom of the dress) and add an oversized pastel hoodie. Chunky white trainers, such as these Adidas Falcons, are still big this season. Pop them on with some sports socks. 

Things warming up? 
Ditch the jeans, but keep those trainers on. Dresses worn with trainers were a huge hit last summer and is set to continue this year too. It instantly adds edge to any dress. Chiffon too see-through? Invest in a spaghetti strap slip to wear underneath. Sunnies are a must, as is a tote bag – throw your hoodie in, for when the sun disappears.

Main image: Isabel Marant Étoile Ellie printed silk midi dress, £610, Harvey Nichols; Ava straight jeans, £108, All Saints; Isabel Marant Étoile Mansel pink logo sweatshirt, £225, Harvey Nichols; socks, £8.99, H&M; Adidas Originals Falcon trainers, £84.99, FootAsylum
Dresses: Crepe dress, £34.99, H&M; midi green wrap dress, £69, & Other Stories; polka dot blue wrap dress, £39.99, Zara

Selection of bold spring dresses

Colourful spring dresses

Save colour blocking for a night out on the town – evening attire just got a lot brighter! There are many ways to pull off this look. First up, full on colour clashing – yellow, orange and pink go well together. You could pair colours tonally – red with purple. Or use neutrals such as caramel to tone things down. 

We all need an easy go-to dress in our wardrobes, and this yellow New Look midi dress (modelled above) will see you through many spring get-togethers. Its subtly nipped-in waist and side split are chic, while its floaty fabric skims the body and hangs really well. 

Feeling the chill? 
If it’s cold, then a light tan roll-neck and orange jacket make for a spicy colour mix. Don’t just save this Zara jacket for special occasions. It’ll work thrown on with your jeans, too. It’s an oversized style, too – very popular this season! Stay away from black boots: we love these red Zara ankle boots. Don’t worry if it’s a different tone to your dress – anything goes!

Things warming up? 
Whip off the roll-neck and swap the boots for some bright, strappy heels in the same colour mix. A two-tone magenta clutch adds (another) pop of colour. 

Main image: Mustard side split midi dress, £24.99, New Look; neon masculine coat, £119, Zara; ribbed roll neck top, £8.99, New Look; animal print ankle boots, £29.99, Zara; colour block clutch, £9.99, New Look 
Dresses: Long fuchsia dress with belt, £25.99, Zara; Vena red dress, £225, LK Bennett; Warehouse satin frill sleeve yellow tea dress, £69, House of Fraser

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PERSONAL SHOPPING AT CABOT CIRCUS

Fancy some help updating your spring wardrobe? Join us at Cabot Circus and indulge in some VIP personal shopping. At Harvey Nichols they offer free personal styling services, whether you’re after a full wardrobe refresh or an outfit for a special occasion. 

Your personal stylist will call you before your appointment to find out a little bit more about you. On the day, you’ll head to the private personal shopping suite where you can relax with a drink from the Harvey Nichols bar. All your pre-selected clothes will be waiting for you, ready to talk through and try on.

We spoke to personal stylist Iona McCabe and asked her what spring trend she can’t wait to wear: ‘Snake print isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and I'm not complaining! We are seeing some beautiful variations of it on shoes, shorts, shirts and trench coats.'

To book an appointment, email iona.mccabe@harveynichols.com or lucy.taylor@harveynichols.com.
 

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