Body-Con Begone: Three New Dresses For Spring

Unwrap and Unravel: Three new dresses for spring.

Nothing says easy, breezy springtime style more than throwing on a lightweight, laid-back dress. If the latest spring/summer store arrivals are any indication, dresses are so having a moment right now. Perhaps this year’s siren call, the more linear midi and maxi length stretch tube dresses don’t appeal. Admittedly, some top notch ankles and shoulders are required to carry off the look’s enticing allure. Consider instead opting for the season’s new short dress to match your elevated Vitamin D level spring cheer.

While a dependable dress is often the working girl’s wardrobe staple—faithfully turning up for every event, interview or hot date, this reincarnation can’t boast having a head for business nor a bod for sin. Office-suitable shifts and wraps or body-con bandage styles are most definitely out, the new shorter length silhouette is instead semi-structured, delicately voluminous and preferably geometrically seamed.

Sensitive to the changing mood, designers are employing bold colors, vivid prints and flattering sleeves to underscore the new dress style’s demure feminity, communicating the look’s sense of humor, personality and essential simplicity.

Now is the time to assess a winter rut of wearing the same clothes day in and day out. I’m kinda over my skinny-jean and oh so artful layering and accessorizing techniques and long for the freedom of a sunnier approach. It feels good to be in sync with nature. Ironically, as carefree as this look is, achieving its spontaneous élan vital requires careful, studied consideration. Gear down accessories to a minimum and opt for a simple strappy shoe, wedges work best.

Take a look at my sustainably made picks for this season’s best examples of the new dress:

Above: German designer, Hui Hui’s standout Silk Apron dress. Hand-crafted construction, small production and made from 100% silk, the
versatile and adjustable dress has a slant V neckline and drawstring hem that allows the dress to be worn in various ways (up or down, inside out, long or short), and has enclosed finished seams throughout. The light weight silk is printed with a Vogue Vibe print on grey base, with splashes of pink, green and yellow.

Rogan’s Electra Dress is made from white haze silk. It features a deep V neckline and draped envelope sleeves in contrast slub knit with seam detail. Comes with contrasting black slip.

The Baobab Dress by Bodkin buttons half way down, has clean lines, pockets and most of all illustrates the new crisp sense of comfort. Made of 100% Cupro. Cupro is regenerated from natural fibers. It wears like cotton (durable), but has the luxurious hand of silk.

Rowena Ritchie

Rowena is EcoSalon’s West Coast Fashion Editor and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.