As the weather starts to turn, our fashion focus shifts to short sleeves, tank tops and of course pretty spring dresses. This season there are a variety of great dresses that can be worn with a wrap during spring and solo during the summer. Spring and summer dresses come in a variety of styles and with a variety of fabrics. Of course for warm weather you will always want to consider lighter weight fabrics like cottons that wear well, are breathable and comfortable.
Velvet by Graham and Spencer is a large source of inspiration for us with great dresses primarily made of cottons or other lightweight fabrics. One of our favorites is the Freda Dress and for spring and summer we wear it in gorgeous white. With a flared skirt and a gathered waist line, this dress also features ¾ length sleeves and a deep v neck. It really is a stunning dress and looks fabulous on. Made of baby jersey cotton, this dress is machine washable and comfortable to wear which makes it a versatile piece for spring that can be dressed up for special occasions and dressed down for just a simple spring day dress.
Another wonderful spring dress is the Modal Jersey Scoop Neck Dress by Splendid. The modal jersey is so soft and luxurious and it is a great complement to the ruffles around the scoop neckline and sleeves. This dress is available in Mud, a light brown color, or Black and is a great go to dress for spring. We love the pretty ruffles that are subtle, but really make the dress stand out. The modal jersey fabric is amazingly soft and still machine washable so this dress is easy to wear for everyday and can be dressed up too.
One of our favorite classy and elegant dresses is the Wrap Dress by Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati. This dress comes in basic black and features a faux wrap on the side. With ruffled sleeves and a deep v neck, this dress is a super versatile piece because it can easily be dressed up for special occasions or to wear to the office. It is the dressiest of the dresses mentioned in this article.
Finally, when you are looking for pretty spring dresses, we have to mention the Dita Ruffle V Neck Dress by Ella Moss. This gorgeous dress exudes femininity and most certainly qualifies as pretty. We love the deep v neck and the ruffles around the neckline. With a flared skirt and an empire waist, this dress really has a gorgeous vintage style to it as well.
Of course, these dresses only scratch the surface of perfect dresses for spring, but in any case these dresses are a great representative sample of what is available for spring and what classic styles you can incorporate into your spring wardrobe. Don’t forget the option of incorporating a great wrap or two to help keep you warm during cool spring nights. Each of these dresses work well for different occasions and will be great additions to your closet.
Designer cardigans are the perfect piece to wear this time of year. Cardigans have come a long way from the puffy think styles of the 80s and now you find the modern versions include lighter weight fabrics, distinctive buttons or no buttons, no shoulder pads, and additional trim or details like pockets. Some of our favorite designer cardigans have even transformed into short sleeve versions that are perfect for layering over long sleeve tees or work great over short sleeve tops in warmer weather.
Consider the Cotton Bamboo Cardigan by Splendid. This cardigan made from 70% cotton and 30% bamboo features short loose sleeves, hints of white around the trim in front and as accent in the back and pockets. Without buttons, this cardigan gives a loose look that helps it look slightly less formal, but the style itself gives it a modern edge. The Cotton Bamboo Cardigan features a long length that falls well below the hips.
Another contemporary cardigan style by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer is the Eloise Winter Slub Long Pocket Cardigan. This long sleeve flared cardigan is another one of our favorites. Part of Velvet’s Winter Slub collection that is so popular this season the Eloise cardigan is a great long cardigan option. You’ll love the long length that works so well with leggings or boots. The loose, open look of the cardigan which adds to the versatility of the cardigan gives you a variety of alternative ways to wear and accessorize it. Our model wears it with an adorable scarf and scoop neck top and jeans. Of course we can’t forget to mention the pockets in front too which give it an added element of distinction compared to other cardigans this season. The winter slub fabric is the perfect blend of texture giving the fabric variation which adds to the uniqueness.
One of everyone’s favorite designers Ella Moss features the Kylie Bust Tie Cardigan. This cardigan is a great dressy piece. Made with lightweight cotton knit which gives this top a sophisticated, sheer look. With a tie at the bust line you can adjust the fit and look of this cardigan to suit any occasion. We love wearing this with a tank in warm weather and then with a long sleeve top in colder weather adding to its usefulness. The empire waist looks very flattering as it is loose enough and sheer enough to ensure that no one looks frumpy. Of course, Ella Moss is a great sophisticated designer that is known for designing modern, yet wearable designs.
As you can see there are a variety of different designs and options to consider when shopping for Designer Cardigans and these are only the tip of the iceberg so to speak. You can find other great cardigan designs from some of our favorite sweater designers including, Laurie B., Splendid and Ella Moss. As the weather warms up, some of the lighter weight wraps and cardigans from designers such as Velvet by Graham and Spencer or Sweet Pea will be great pieces to have on hand.