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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 Union Square, 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. 

Thanks to its black ditzy floral print, the New Look midi dress (modelled above) has a vintage feel. Its lightweight fabric makes it great for layering as it won’t look bulky at all. Pair it with a cotton trench coat – it’ll see you through spring and beyond, and work with every outfit imaginable.

Feeling the chill? 
Knee-high boots are back, and we love this classic brown pair from New Look. Add a cotton roll-neck underneath the dress and you’re all set. This quirky wicker bag is an absolute find from Next, and adds a statement finishing touch.

Things warming up? 
Ditch the roll-neck and swap your boots for block heel courts or Mary-Janes. Sun’s out, sunnies on: grab some tortoiseshell ones to compliment the outfit. 

Main image: Cotton-blend trench coat, £139.99, H&M; mustard floral long sleeve midi dress, £29.99, New Look; polo-neck top, £12.99, H&M; tan knee-high boots, £39.99, New Look; large round earrings, £9.99, H&M; tan weave circle bag, £30, Next; sunglasses, £8.99, H&M
Left to right: Beige utility midi shirt dress, £46, River Island; khaki leopard print tie waist shirt dress, £42, River Island; snake print shirt dress, £45, Next
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 polka dot print, this blue Zara frock (modelled above) certainly ticks the patterned dress box. It’s a wrap dress and its silky material helps to counterbalance the jeans underneath, keeping the silhouette sleeker and more wearable.  
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Feeling the chill? 
Throw on some straight leg jeans and add an oversized hoodie in a clashing pastel shade. Sky blue and dusky pink is a good combo. Chunky white trainers 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. Sunglasses are a must, as is a tote bag – throw your hoodie in, for when the sun disappears. Can you believe this shopper is from H&M? We love it.

Main image: Polka dot wrap dress, £39.99, Zara; oversized hooded top, £19.99, H&M; Topshop mid stone raw hem straight jeans, £40, Outfit; Topshop Chicago lace-up trainers, £39, Outfit; Topshop striped tube socks, £3.50, Outfit; mesh shopper, £24.99, H&M; sunglasses, £8.99, H&M
Dresses: Floral print dress, £39.99, Zara; polka dot blue dress, £39.99, Zara; striped wrap dress, £19.99, H&M
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: Basic dress in mid-yellow, £19.99, Zara; long fuchsia dress with belt, £25.99, Zara; split sleeve compact red dress, £55, Next – all order, collect and try in store
 

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