You know the kind of dress that has the power to make you book a vacation? You spot it on Instagram, envision yourself sipping spritzes on the Amalfi coast wearing it, and for the next several weeks can't think about much else. If you're suffering from this dreamy dressing syndrome, it can only mean one thing — it's time to do a little shopping. The best place to start: The host of new indie brands that design the dreamiest dresses.
When searching for the romantic frock to sweep you off your feet, there are a few key things to keep an eye out for. First off, fabric and fit are crucial elements of a perfect spring dress that you should be mindful of. Because temperatures are warming up (and you'll probably be wearing your buy during summer too) you'll need something that is breathable. The silhouette shouldn't be fussy, and should feel breezy and effortless whether it's a sweeping maxi or something with a shorter hemline. The finishing touches — voluminous sleeve details, funky buttons and chicly practical pockets — are all wise to consider as well.
So where to track down said perfect spring dress? The eight insider-loved brands ahead should do the trick. Continue to discover your perfect match and should the mood strike, perhaps book a getaway worthy of your new purchase while you're at it.
Faithfull The Brand
Sarah-Jane Abrahams and Helle Them-Enger founded Faithfull the Brand back in 2012 while in Bali. The two (Australian and Norwegian, respectively) design effortless styles swathed in colorful prints and embellished with delicate details like puff shoulders, ruching, and ruffles. In other words, it's everything you'd ever want to wear while on vacation.
The brand was founded by two friends who sought to design pieces that could complement their favorite jeans (hence the name). The assortment is bright, airy, and excellently suited for spring. The collection is produced in Bali, and the fabrics are locally sourced, made from natural fibers, and ethically hand dyed. They also ensure their team of seamstresses work in fair, ethical conditions and for every purchase made they donate $1 to three projects involved with i=Change.
In case you're not already acquainted, Dôen is the California-based brand that's responsible for all of the dreamy editorial imagery that's been making you want to upheave your life and go work on a farm — all while dressed in a pastel prairie number, naturally.
Los Angeles-based Christy Dawn offers nostalgic, vintage-inspired dresses that evoke the kind of ethereal quality you want out of every spring dress. The collection is sewn by local artisans and everything is crafted from deadstock fabric to help minimize their environmental footprint.
Jason Wu x Eloquii
It's no secret that extended size offerings are often harder to find than they should rightfully be. Designer Jason Wu set out to change that by way of his collaboration with plus-size retailer Eloquii. The assortment is elevated and affordable and thankfully, the spring dresses are all both easy and elegant.
If you've never worn a piece from Lacausa, the first thing you'll notice is how the fabric feels on your skin — it's gloriously light. Their core collection is crafted from viscose chiffon, vintage and gauze jersey, and slip fabrics and designed into easy, wearable shapes like this season's selection of spring dresses.
Everyone's favorite French girl, Jeanne Damas has made your goal of channeling Parisian style that much easier with her label Rouje. If you've yet to invest in one of her frocks for yourself, move fast since they tend to sell out.
This Brooklyn-based boutique offers a small-yet-stylish offering of affordable pieces to build out your wardrobe. The shop carries a curation of independent labels that'll help give your outfit that, where'd you get that? aesthetic.