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23 spring dresses for picnics in the park

It's almost time to dress up again.

For those of you wondering what to wear when lockdown ends, we’ve found 23 spring dresses to get you excited about dressing up again.

In just a few short days, the clocks go forward – meaning longer days, shorter nights and finally, the beginning of spring.

As luck would have it, lockdown will start to be relaxed a few weeks later, so picnics in the park, walks with friends and outdoor coffee dates will be back on the agenda.

However many women are worried about what to wear post-pandemic. Roisin from Kent told us, ‘Before lockdown, I was religiously in jeans for work and leisure, so working out what to wear after lockdown is a real conundrum for me.’

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Despite the fact jeans are more relaxed than ever, knitted trousers are trending and loungewear has never been more popular, many are dreading the return of restrictive and tight clothing into our wardrobes.

Spring dresses offer the perfect solution. Comfortable, loose-fitting and easy to wear, they take next to no time to style and as they’re so timeless, they’ll last forever. What better excuse to invest!

With that in mind, we’ve looked through thousands of dresses to bring you 29 of our favourites. For those looking to shop sustainably, there are vintage, made to order and eco-friendly options, while those on a budget will be pleasantly surprised too.


Jessica Howard Pastels Dress in Size 8-10, £50, Peony Vintage

Jessica Howard Pastels Dress in Size 8-10, £50, Peony Vintage – buy now

Pink Floral Dress Cesea size 10

Pink Floral Dress in size 10, £68, Cesea at Etsy – buy now

1970's Blue Pinafore Dress Waiste Vintage

1970’s Blue Pinafore Dress in size 6-8, £65, Waiste Vintage – buy now

embroidered summer dress beyond retro

Embroidered Summer Dress in size XL, £28, Beyond Retro – buy now

Vintage 1970s brown polka dot dress by Jean Allen selenas shop

1970s Brown Polka Dot Dress by Jean Allen in size 8-10, Selena’s Shop – buy now

Product Image 1 - 🌸 cute ditsy floral bardot

Bardot Dress in size 16-18, £40, Lucy Florence Shop at Depop – buy now

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Slow Fashion & Independent Brands

Heli Dress Joplin Floral Meadows

Heli Dress, £195, Meadows – buy now


Denise Dress, £195, Resume at Studio B – buy now

Mustard tie back dress glassworks

Mustard Tie Back Dress, £90, Glassworks – buy now

Michelin Linen Dress in Lavender daily sleeper

Michelin Linen Dress, $320, Daily Sleeper – buy now

Billie Dress sika

Billie Dress, £249, Sika Designs – buy now

Alice Midi Dress - Brown & Blue molby

Alice Midi Dress, £140, Molby The Label – buy now

Cameron Dress Brushstrokes lf markey

Cameron Dress Brushstrokes, £185, LF Markey – buy now

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High Street & Mid-Range


Pointelle Dress, £59.99, Zara – buy now

Wide Tiered Puff Sleeve Midi Dress & other stories

Wide Tiered Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, £95, & Other Stories – buy now


Skylar Midaxi Dress, £335, Rixo – buy now

Pleated Georgette Oversized Mini Dress, Recycled Polyester, in colour Orchid Bloom - 1 - GANNI

Pleated Georgette Oversized Mini Dress, £165, GANNI – buy now

Embroidered cotton kaftan - White - Ladies | H&M GB

Embroidered Cotton Kaftan, £59.99, H&M – buy now

Lazy Oaf Ornamental Cord Dress

Ornamental Cord Dress, £90, Lazy Oaf – buy now

Santa Cruz Spot Printed Dress weekday

Santa Cruz Spot Printed Dress, £45, Weekday – buy now


Parachute Skater Dress, £55, COS – buy now

Ruched Front Printed Dress

Ruched Front Printed Dress, £59, Warehouse – buy now

Ribbed midi dress monki

Ribbed Midi Dress, £30, Monki – buy now

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