It’s time for a flouncy frock – and the more versatile the better, we say. These are three of the best, styled three pretty ways.

Spring is in the air and in our step, not least because this is the time of year that we can rediscover some of our favourite lightweight frocks. It’s still a little while, however, until we can rely on balmy days, so it pays to be able to layer up these fresh numbers for cooler days. Plus, we just love a dress that will work as well on a picnic as it will on the school run or at a swish party.

The Dress



We love this button-down floral frock, which is toughened up just the right amount by its black cuffs. Perfect for everything from weddings to springtime walks.

Me + Em

Hand-Painted Floral Midi Tea Dress, £275




Style It:



Way One: Fresh & Casual

Norfolk Carrier Company

Canvas Satchel, £55

Monki

Classic Denim Jacket, £40

Veja

Campo Chromefree White Black, £120



Way Two: Holiday Style

Komono

Lucile Dirty Orange, €129

Toast

Lorna Murray Milan Hat, £110

Castañer

Catalina 80 Canvas & Jute Espadrille Wedges, £115



Way Three: Party Chic

Nanushka

Jen Glossy Satin Clutch Bag, £210

Anthropologie

Esska Suede Charlie Heeled Sandals, £155

V&A Shop

Green Chandelier Earrings By Joli, £65




The Dress



The collaboration between M&S and Nobody’s Child continues to get better and better. We love the airy sleeves on this floral frock, as well as the prim high neck and the shapely nipped-in line under the bust.

Marks & Spencer X Nobody’s Child

Ditsy Floral Round Neck Midaxi Tea Dress, £49




Style It:



Way One: Fresh & Casual

The White Company

Colour Block Cotton Cardigan, £98

Anthropologie

Becksondergaard Crochet Socks, £14

Superga

2750 Cotu Classic, £57



Way Two: Holiday Style

Straw London

Extra Large Basket, £125

Anthropologie

Natural Bucket Hat, £128

Toast

Guanabana Hand Woven Espadrilles, £125



Way Three: Party Chic

Anthropologie

Coral Shell Drop Earrings, £48

Lulu Guinness

Powder Satin Shell Clutch With Swarovski® Crystals, £495

LK Bennett

Lucie Pink Daisy Print Fabric Sandals, £229



The Dress



Simple and effortlessly chic, this is a dress that can be styled for the beach as easily as a summer dinner party. Here’s how.

Boden

Smocked Bodice Midi Dress, £120




Style It:



Way One: Fresh & Casual

Toast

Novesta Star Master Plimsolls, £55

Picto

Picto Watch In Mustard Yellow, £109

The White Company

Frill Edge Denim Jacket, £110



Way Two: Holiday Style

Camper

Atonik, £90

Freight HHG

Canvas Steel Bag, £75

Big Metal London

Petra Matte Resin Large Hoop Earrings in Green, £13



Way Three: Party Chic

Etsy

Handmade Deep Forest Green Velvet Luxury Hairband Headband, £14

V By Laura Vann

Audrey Emerald Pendant, £80

LK Bennett

Amanda Green And White Stripe Fabric Platform Sandals, £279

Nancy Alsop

Editor

Nancy is a magpie for the best in design and culture.

FIND OUT MORE