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Fifty plus spring dresses: what to buy and how to wear


Spring is finally here and chances are you've been rifling through your clothes trying to find something casual, easy to wear and stylish to fit the change of season. Not been having much luck? We say, go on, treat yourself to a  new frock - but be sure to check out this fifty plus spring dresses guide beforehand, as it's got the best T-shirt, shirt and tunic designs in the shops right now!

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The T-shirt dress

Ah, the oh-so-easy T-shirt dress. Though you can get wear out of it all year round, we think springtime is the best season for it, as you can show it off in all its glory. These dresses are super versatile in that they can be worn as casual daywear with sandals or slip-ons, or dressed up with heels and that fancy bespoke necklace you recently bought for a more glamorous evening look. Whether it's a maxi T-shirt dress or a beach-style T-shirt dress, there's every length and fit going to suit a range of body shapes and tastes, not to forget the fantastic variety of prints currently on the high street! As for materials, we aren't quite yet melting in blazing heat, so you can be a tad more flexible with the types of materials you choose. Don't worry so much about jersey, nylon or silk until the temperatures start rising...


womens spring t-shirt dresses

From left to right: Black knot-detail T-shirt dress, £25.99, Gap; Grey maxi T-shirt dress, £18, Simply Be; Orange star print T-shirt dress, £45, Boden.



From left to right: Striped midi T-shirt dress, £8, George; Orange cotton T-shirt dress, £14.90, Uniqlo; Paige pineapple dress, £59.95, White Stuff.

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The tunic dress

Whoever designed the tunic dress clearly knew what women want - something that doesn't unflatteringly cling to lumps and bumps but also doesn't end up resembling a family-sized tent - however, this particular dress actually originates from the Medieval times and were worn (less stylishly) by men. However, back in the 21st century, they're a stalwart item in many women's wardrobes, a fail-safe to make you look effortlessly stylish, even on a bad day. Cover up problem arms with three-quarter sleeves or accentuate your curves with a tie-waist. Complete the look with sandals or wedges or leggings if you're feeling a tad chilly. Are you after a bold, floral print or a more muted, seamless linen? Look no further than the best selection of fifty plus tunic dresses from the high street right now...

womens spring tunic dresses 

From left to right: Wallis palm print tunic dress, £36, Debenhams; Sage sleeveless midi tunic dress, £39.50, Marks and Spencer; Floral print, short-sleeve tunic dress, £19.50, Marks and Spencer


womens spring tunic dresses 

From left to right: Navy linen tunic dress, £69.95, White Stuff; Phase Eight blue brushstroke tunic dress, £89, Debenhams; Lauren Ikat pink tunic dress, £55, Monsoon.


The shirt dress

The trusty shirt dress suits tall, small, plus-size and petite - and everything inbetween. They look great loose and above the knee, but can be just as stylish longer in length with a cinched waist. They are the ideal fifty plus spring dresses, particularly for those not wanting to show off too much skin (arms tend to be capped-sleeve or longer), they're suprisingly cool, particularly if made from linen or lightweight cotton. The classic denim-look shirt dress, complete with a tie waist, exudes laid-back chic, and the selection of abstract prints in the shops this spring are perfect for those with a quirkier dress sense. If you're looking for a spring dress which will take you from a sunny picnic to an alfresco dinner, you've met your match, so save a space in your retirement wardrobe for one of these...


 womens spring shirt dresses

From left to right: Black buttoned midi shirt dress, £22.99, New Look; Chiffon paint print plus size shirt dress, £32, F&F; Red yasmin shirt dress, £59, Phase Eight



 womens spring shirt dresses

From left to right: Black stripe tie front shirt dress, £25, Debenhams; Indigo striped tie-waist shirt dress, £24.99, Gap; Contrasting print midi shirt dress, £49.99, Mango.


The shift dress

Long thought to be the garment which can transform anyone from scruffy to chic, the shift dress seems to have quite a bit of competition these days - as you've already seen! However, there's no disputing that this uncomplicated design, which hangs from the shoulders and flows over the waist with little definition, flatters all forms. The classic shift dresses are sleeveless, but these days designers have introduced sleeves to accommodate those fearsome of flapping bingo wings. Petite women should look for styles that have even the smallest hint of tailoring at the waistline so to avoid getting swamped by material, but for everybody else, relish wearing a dress which allows you to go slightly overboard at lunchtime whilst looking à la mode!

fifty plus spring dresses shift styles

From left to right: Floral print half sleeve shift dress, £23, Marks and Spencer; Linen blend sleeveless shift dress, £25, Marks and Spencer; Floral print plus size shift dress, £17.50, F&F


fifty plus spring dresses shift style

From left to right: Harrison cotton shift dress, £99, Coast; Floral print shift dress, £25, Tu; Pocketed linen mix shift dress, £22, JD Williams.


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