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How to wear 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: 
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. 

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
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.  

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; mid stone raw hem straight jeans, £40, Topshop; Chicago lace-up trainers, £39, Topshop; striped tube socks, £3.50, Topshop; mesh shopper, £24.99, H&M; sunglasses, £8.99, H&M
Dresses: Check pattern midi dress, £59.99, Mango; printed dress in pink, £39.99, Zara; stripe print wrap midi tea dress, £42, Miss Selfridge
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 a red midi dress in our wardrobes. This versatile wrap dress from Reiss (modelled above) will see you through many spring get-togethers. Its fluid fabric skims the body and hangs really well and, as its strapless, it’s ideal on its own for summer too. 

Feeling the chill? 
If it’s cold, then don’t pack away your knitwear. This gorgeous damson knit, thrown over the top, turns your slinky frock into a slinky skirt. Stay away from black boots: we love this lace-up Victoriana pair from Whistles. The low heel makes them wearable for daytime, too.

Getting hot out there? 
Whip off the knitwear and swap the boots for some bright, strappy heels. It’ll still be too chilly for just a strappy dress, so swap in a yellow or red blazer instead. A magenta clutch adds (another) pop of colour. 

Main image: Blouson sleeve sweater, £249, Whistles; Leonie wrap midi dress, £155, Reiss; Celeste kitten heel boots, £225, Whistles; Karen Millen folded clutch in magenta, £99, John Lewis & Partners
Dresses: Long fuchsia dress with belt, £25.99, Zara; plain satin yellow slip dress, £35, Topshop; Vena red dress, £225, LK Bennett
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Fancy some help updating your spring wardrobe? Join us at Brent Cross and indulge in some VIP personal shopping. 

At John Lewis & Partners they offer five free personal styling services, including a two-hour full wardrobe refresh and a jeans service that will help you hunt down the perfect pair. 

You’ll be taken to the private personal shopping suite and relax with a glass of Prosecco or cup of coffee. There, your stylist will ask about your style, find out what you want to achieve from your appointment and then pull together a fabulous selection for you to try on. 

We spoke to personal stylist Ania Bortnowska and asked her what spring trends she can’t wait to wear: ‘For me, it's all about neutrals! In particular beige, as it is very chic and timeless. Wearing it from head to toe can be very flattering.’ 

For more information, or to book an appointment, call 020 8732 3870, email or visit the John Lewis & Partners website. 

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