Spring has sprung and we're delving into our wardrobes to find the best outfits you can wear from office to beer garden - simple!
When it comes to finding the best outfit that works for both office and after, the first thing you're looking for is appearance. It is, of course, important that you make sure to prioritise the comfort of the dress. Equally, it’s important to ensure it fits in with your work environment. A sleeveless, floor-length, bright neon orange dress might fit nicely in the local pub beer garden but is unlikely to be ideal for the head office morning meeting!
Here, we’re going to go through a few of our favourites, including our own, and the accessories we recommend you pair them with! Links included, of course.
Spring Swing Dress
First up, is one of our favourite swing dresses: ‘the Abaline’. Our Abaline is the ultimate modern swing dress with a classic cut and asymmetric details. Made from our Luxury Stretch Ripple Crepe fabric it's perfect for both formal and casual events. With a tailored bodice and the combination of stretch fabric, it's not only stylish but comfortable too.
Buy now: Abaline Swing Dress, was £115 - now £69.
The Cold Shoulder Swing
Next, we have our Amorette cold-shoulder dress, which comes in eight stunning shades. With the on-trend cold-shoulder it also is made of our Ripple Crepe fabric and features pleated detailing on the arms.
The Cap Sleeved Spring Dress
Our elegant Atara pencil dress is, at present, available in two different shades: Fiesta Orange and Riviera Blue. Being made from our Luxury Stretch Ripple Crepe fabric, it is perfect for stylish comfort. With a semi-round neck, waistband detail and pockets (yes, pockets!!) it's great to wear from the office to dinner.
The Atara is the type of dress that would pair perfectly with a pair of heels just as much as they would with a cute pair of high top Converse in the same shade.
The popularity of the maxi dress has continued to soar over the years. From being the go-to dress for wearing at the beach as a cover-up, it is now a dress that you can wear all through the year. Our newest favourite maxi is from ASOS, in bright white and perfectly paired with sandals for the evening or heels/flats for those office hours.
Flowering into Spring
Next, is our favourite Marks and Spencer. With floral prints always in style you can’t go wrong with buying a floral print dress to wear year in, year out.
The M&S Floral Button-Through Midi Shirt Dress is priced at £45 in sizes 6-24 (in both Regular and Long). With its cute feminine print detail, it makes it simple to wear with sandals, trainers or even heels.
The V-Neck Maxi
This V-neck maxi from All Saints is less of a budget buy and more something you’ll want to make sure you get plenty of wear out of! This dress offers versatility, allowing you to wear it in two ways: fitted or loose. So, if you choose to wear it one way you can also elegantly wear it the same way after office hours – or you can completely change the look of it to a fitted or loose structure.
Buy now: Capri Kikyo Dress £199
The Floral Swing
Our Layla print swing dress is the ultimate when it comes to graceful, elegant, feminine design. Everything from the delicate frill neckline, and flattering tailored bodice, create this stunning look. Perfectly paired with flats or heels, this type of dress and style looks great from office to dinner.
Buy now: Layla Print Dress £125
The Colourful Swing
Finding the dream spring dress isn’t always easy when you’re after a specific colour. The colours of the spring/summer seasons swiftly switch from calming pastels to bright shades. One of our dresses, the Oceana Swing dress comes in five stunning summer shades including pink, coral, yellow, indigo and teal.
Created using our ripple crepe fabric this spring dress includes inverted pleats on the skirt and a keyhole neckline detail. With these five cute shades, you could wear one each day of the working week!
The Sleeveless Spring Dress
Our classic Vivian sleeveless pencil dress comes in ten stunning shades. Each dress flatters any figure, being designed using our bi-stretch fabric. What's more, the centre bust to the front overlaps with pleating and includes a vent at the back of the skirt for ease of movement. With shades varying from bright coral, peach and yellow to dark navy blue and vineyard green - there is definitely a shade for everyone.
Buy now: Vivian Pencil Dress £95
The Sleeveless White Dress
With spring comes newly grown flowers, bright against the greenery and bluer skies. So, why not wear them too? With our Athens Sleeveless Print Dress, you have a choice of three cute prints. Using our favourite ripple crepe material fabric, it also features a plunging neckline and a semi-square open back. With a concealed zip fastening it's great for wearing to the office and heading straight to the pub garden in comfort.
The Statement Frill Dress
Available in ten glorious spring shades, our Bodiam pencil dress features frill details around the shoulder which add timeless chic to each dress. What's more, with the dress being designed to flatter and define each figure it can help boost confidence whilst being comfortable rolled into one. Using our much-loved bi-stretch fabric this dress also features a round neckline with pleating around the waist. With the choice of shades, including yellow, pink, coral and blue - you're sorted for the week!
Buy now: Bodiam Pencil Dress £99
Talk of the town
Proving that Broadway is not exclusively for the stage! Our Broadway design is as popular as ever on Diva Catwalk.
The satin dress is available in two shades, black and black and cream. Whilst using our much-loved ripple crepe fabric, this dress also benefits from stretch satin - making the dress comfortably fashionable. With the pleated satin bodice front and a concealed back zip, this kind of dress could be worn to more formal events, like a wedding, as well as out for dinner on a summer evening.
The final pop of colour
And last, but by no means least, is our Melrose dress. Our Melrose print features two print choices including the Judy print and Floral Riot print. Each dress features a darker background, which allows for the designs to truly pop! Being A-Line shaped, this chic contour stretch fabric dress includes a round neckline with long sleeves and a concealed zip. The ideal formal attire with complete comfort.
The joy of a little sunshine in Spring is like no other, however, it does bring with it the occasional cold spell – so we all need that essential cover-up! Here we go through a few of our favourite cover-ups you can get your hands on this Spring.
The floral jacket
Our cute Fresno Floral jacket comes in a single shade: nightshade bloom. It features miniature designs of various flowers and hibiscus. Not only does the intricately woven fabric look beautiful, but it feels it too. With the jacquard stretch fabric, you're not going to feel restricted - yet the tailored fit will continue to look flattering day after day. Additionally, most spring jackets have cropped sleeves, however, our Fresno comes full-length - giving you the choice of the appearance.
Buy now: Fresno Floral Jacket £99
The Stradivarius recycled polyester longline trench coat in camel features notch lapels and a tie waist. With its longline cut and double-breasted style, it works perfectly as a cover-up over your work attire or as an essential piece for when the spring showers make their appearance.
Buy now via ASOS, £49.99
With our suggested dresses featuring an unlimited colour range, the choice of wearing a mint green coat could be the next best compliment! The Aleida Jersey Duster Blazer from All Saints features notch lapels, and two flap pockets with a regular open-front silhouette. Ideal for those colder days when you need to beat the spring chills!
Buy now via All Saints £199
And finally, last but by no means least, is the Linen Blend Relaxed Blazer from M&S. Available in two colours, a bright Flamingo shade and statement Navy, this type of coat can be worn day after day over a variety of fabrics. We suggest wearing this over your chosen dress, with other accessories to match the bright Flamingo tint - like with coral nails or hot coral makeup.
Buy now: M&S £45
Have you enjoyed this article? Let us know via social media using our links below!