The Best Sundresses for Spring 2012

By Ashley Berg , last updated February 1, 2012
With spring right around the corner, it's time to start planning your new wardrobe for 2012. Sundresses are always a stylish and popular option because they are comfortable, chic, and feminine, as well as easy to dress up with layered jewelry and pumps or down with a cross-body bag and flats. Designer brands like Mango, J.Crew, H&M, and Victoria Beckham are offering a slew of on-trend sundresses for the upcoming sunny season, and it is easy to get excited about all the blooming fashion opportunities. Below is a collection of some of the best sundresses of 2012; they are versatile, flattering, and bursting with the first blushes of springtime.
Mango Watermelon Pink Pleated Sundress
Mango’s Spring 2012 collection includes a variety of effortlessly stylish looks that have a clear European inspiration. The watermelon pink pleated sundress is girlish without being childish, and the blushing color cannot help but elicit a happy outlook. Spaghetti straps and a cream satin neckline add grown up sophistication to this easy piece. The gentle pleats are forgiving on all body types, in case you are still working off the indulgences of winter. Pair this wearable confection with a cropped blazer and a skinny belt for all day style.
J. Crew Fresca Floral Dress
Spring brings fresh flowers, and what more appropriate way to welcome the arrival than with a floral print dress in shades of deep royal blue, mint green, and hunter green? This beautiful and verdant dress is begging to be worn on the first warm nights of the season. The modest square neckline, delicate spaghetti straps, and contoured silhouette make this cotton sateen dress an early favorite for dinners with old friends, meeting the parents, and hunting for plastic eggs. The knee-length must-have look even comes equipped with pockets, making this $298 item practical and swoon-worthy.
H&M ¾ Sleeve Floral Dress
H&M has its own take on the flower print theme with its lightweight floral sundress. The midnight blue background showcases the miniature rosettes of pink and lavender dotted across the frock. The blousy ¾-length sleeves offer a little more coverage when the occasionally crisp wind blows, and can be cinched tight with the elasticized ties, found also on the neckline and waist. Combine this flowing dress with neutral leggings and a retro cardigan for a great weekend look that can go from a picnic lunch to a movie date. You can even offer to treat your significant other with the money you will be saving on this budget $35 dress.
Victoria Beckham Pleat Pinafore Dress
This Victoria Beckham dress comes straight off the runways with cutting-edge fabrics and uniquely updated style. A lesson in contrasts, this dress is both masculine, with the rigid tailoring of the pinafore, and feminine, with its draped under dress and pleated circle skirt. Fashioned in bright white and cream it is fresh, youthful, and eye-catching. You can just as easily wear this piece biking down the boulevard as to your nephew’s baptism. It is elegant, refined, and casually sophisticated enough to walk in the best of circles.
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