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How to wear spring dresses

After some spring fashion outfit ideas? We’ll be wearing these 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 Brent Cross, along with our top styling tips:

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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 Mango wrap dress (modelled above) has an elegant side split and is made from a slinky fabric, so it’s great for layering as it won’t look bulky at all. Pair it with a classic 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 white pair from Mango. Along with a layered cotton roll-neck, the hits of white help keep the look fresh. This quirky lattice bag is an absolute find from M&S, and adds a statement finishing touch.  Things warming up?  Ditch the roll-neck and swap your boots for block heel courts or Mary-Janes. Take advantage of the dress’ V neck and pile on some necklaces. Sun’s out, sunnies on: grab some tortoiseshell ones to compliment the outfit.  Main image: Imra balloon sleeve trench, £179, Whistles; yellow satin gown, £69.99, Mango; ribbed turtle neck long sleeve T-shirt, £8.50, M&S; leather high leg boots, £159.99, Mango; tan weave basket bag, £32.50, M&S Dresses: French Connection animal print shirt dress, £120, Fenwick; Donella military detailed khaki midi dress, £265, Reiss; Warehouse twist knot dress, £49, John Lewis & Partners

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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.   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,