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 Bullring and Grand Central, along with our top styling tips:
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 Karen Millen shirt dress (modelled above) is lightweight and floaty, so it’s great for layering as it won’t look bulky at all. Leopard print has never looked so work appropriate! Pair it with a classic trench coat
– it’ll see you through spring and beyond, and work with every outfit imaginable.
Feeling the chill?
The Western-style boot is still a key style for the season, so opt for this spring-friendly grey suede pair from Jigsaw (cut low on the ankle). Layer with a cotton roll-neck and you’re all set.
Things warming up?
Ditch the roll-neck and swap your boots for block heel courts
or Mary-Janes. Take advantage of the dress’ neckline and pile on some necklaces. Sun’s out, sunnies on: grab some tortoiseshell ones to compliment the outfit.
Main image: Organic cotton trench coat, £135, Cos; French Connection animal print shirt dress, £120, John Lewis & Partners; polo-neck top, £12.99, H&M; Jigsaw Camila suede western boots, £150, John Lewis & Partners; Jigsaw Brix leather stud bag, £98, John Lewis & Partners; Jigsaw resin earrings, £25, John Lewis & Partners
Dresses: Donella military detailed khaki midi dress, £265, Reiss; satin yellow gown, £69.99, Mango; snakeskin print midi dress, £199, Karen Millen
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 delicate nature print, this pink Zara frock (modelled above) certainly ticks the patterned dress box. 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 marl hoodie. Pale pink and grey is such a good colour combo. Even though chunky white trainers are everywhere this season, these Next retro pair are another dressed-down option.
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: Pink printed dress, £39.99, Zara; logo fleece hoody, £80, Tommy Hilfiger; mid-rise slouchy jeans, £29.99, Zara; gum sole lace-up trainers, £35, Next; socks, £8.99, H&M; mesh shopper, £24.99, H&M
Dresses: Ari hibiscus belted dress, £249, Whistles; check pattern midi dress, £59.99, Mango; polka dot blue wrap dress, £39.99, Zara
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; folded clutch in magenta, £99, Karen Millen
Dresses: Kitri clementine satin jacqurd midi dress, £165, Selfridges; long fuchsia dress with belt, £25.99, Zara; mustard side split short sleeve midi dress, £24.99, New Look
PERSONAL SHOPPING AT BULLRING & GRAND CENTRAL
Fancy some help updating your spring wardrobe? Join us at Bullring & Grand Central and indulge in some VIP personal shopping. At Selfridges Birmingham, they offer a complimentary personal styling session to help you revamp your wardrobe or shop for a special occasion.
You’ll be taken to the private personal shopping suite where the team of stylists will ask you 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 from across the store.
Please note, personal styling sessions at Selfridges Birmingham come with a £500 minimum spend. For more information, or to book an appointment, call 0121 600 6800 or visit the website