Pants are overrated. Who needs restricting denim and tight-button flies? When spring weather hits, I’m a dresses-only kind of girl. I like to feel the air on my legs and enjoy the sunshine on my SPF’d skin, which is why I live in lightweight, feminine spring and summer dresses when the weather warms up and adore every easy-breezy moment.
While I’m confident my collection of sundresses, maxi dresses and tee-shirt dresses already rivals that of any department store, I’ll always make room for one (or 10) more in my curated closet. And since I want to feel especially casual, comfortable and cool this season as I relax in my yard and lounge on the deck, I’ve selected a few favorites that fit the bill – without racking up a majorly expensive one!
If you, too, are excited to transition to dresses as the weather warms up, look no further; I’ve done the browsing for you! Just be sure to shop with Rakuen, so you can earn Cash Back on all your purchases — even if you’re buying jeans.
Old Navy Sleeveless Ruffled V-Neck Swing Dress, $39.99
This spring-ready dress offers a little bit of swing and a whole lot of fling with its dainty floral print, ruffled neckline and flattering fit.
Ann Taylor Paisley Ruffle Smocked Maxi Dress, $179
Pretty in pink, this three-quarter-sleeve dress will take you from breezy spring evenings to warm summer nights. With a smocked waist, it flutters and flatters and looks effortlessly ethereal and romantic. Alfresco dinner dates are calling!
Don’t be a wallflower this season; make your big spring debut in bold colors and striking patterns. This midi-length dress features eye-catching beading and a plunging neckline that’s both playful and dramatic.
Nothing says spring picnic like a gingham dress. This Draper James option offers just the right amount of stretch to fit all body types, a cinched tie-waist belt to draw the eye in and a cute ruffle bottom that works with espadrilles or sneakers—you do you.
When you just want to throw something on without overthinking your look, turn to this breezy Free People mini dress. With a mixed-print design, everyday-appropriate V-style neckline and dropped dolman sleeves with slits and pleating, it’s perfect over a bathing suit or fabulous for a girls’ happy hour (or, better yet, both!).
Be prepared to never want to take off this luxurious linen dress. It’s as comfortable and chic as summer fashion gets. Designed with adjustable tie shoulders, it features a tiered full silhouette. It’s an ideal everyday option, which is great since—mark our words—you’re going to wear it daily.
The antidote to winter, every woman needs a little white dress in her spring or summer arsenal. This fresh and feminine option offers romantic touches such as scalloped edges, tiered seams, flutter sleeves and dainty buttons. Wear it before Memorial Day weekend—we dare you!
A T-shirt dress is a seasonal staple. You can dress it up or down, style it with a denim jacket and accessorize it in any number of ways. This bold multicolor striped option is fun and casual. It falls right below the knee, and offers a slight slit for easy movement.
It’s a tunic. It’s a dress. Either way, it’s totally island ready. Whatever your plans this season, take this bright and beachy-keen piece with you. Inspired by gorgeous seasonal sunsets, this frock is delightful and sweet, with an easy fit and flattering flare.
You can definitely keep your cool and look good doing it with a few new fun frocks and simple styles. From frilly dresses to pretty patterned maxis, these picks will take you from spring to summer and beyond. Join Rakuten and start saving with Cash Back and coupons today — happy shopping!
Lauren is a digital editor, freelance writer, and Instagram aficionado with a feisty five-year-old boy and a sassy two-year-old diva at home. With a passion for family, travel, style, and alliteration, she spends her days chasing children, chugging coffee, and daydreaming about sleep. As a veteran lifestyle editor and media mom, Lauren loves to find ways to make the aspirational attainable for all the overwhelmed parents out there—because we really need to stick together! Lauren lives with her husband and kiddos in the suburbs of New York City.