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The Best Special Occasion Dresses for Spring Events

Your mailbox is flooding with invitations to occasions left and right: graduations, weddings, can’t-miss parties! What’s a girl wear to them all? We did the interweb exploration for you and rounded up 10 special occasion dresses that you can where from one event to the other without looking like an outfit repeat.

Reformation Karen Dress

Special occasion dress, midi length dark floral, kimono sleeve dress

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The dress description reads, “Never met a wrap dress we didn’t like,” and I have to agree. I haven’t either. They’re comfortable, adjustable, and you can eat to your heart’s content without worries of bloating. It’s a transformative piece that can be styled an endless number of ways, with ankle booties to avoid spring puddles, or a wide brim felt hat and mules for sunny afternoons.

Shop It! Karen Dress, $228

Photo: Reformation

Free People Honey Mini Dress

Special occasion dress, bright yellow lace, mini dress

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Like a ray of sunshine, this marigold dress by Free People shines bright like the center of our solar system. This lace dress reveals a flirty open back that can easily be covered with a blazer for more modest celebrations. Though covered in stunning details, this mini dress is the perfect base piece for statement accessories like the knee high cowboy boots it’s modeled with!

Shop It! Honey Mini Dress, $250

Photo: Free People

Show Me Your Mumu Ansley Dress

Special occasion dress, single shoulder ribbed mauve pink dress

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Even though I currently don’t have a formal affair to wear this dress to, I want to make up one so I can! Sweet meets sexy in this slinky, form-fitting, one sleeved dress by Show Me Your Mumu. It would look amazing at your work wife’s upcoming wedding, a ladies boozy brunch, or date night. Trust me, if you buy it, the parties will come.

Shop It! Ansley Dress, $158

Photo: Show Me Your Mumu

ASOS Design Pleated Trapeze Dress

Special occasion dress, sage green lace, pleated trapeze dress

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Ultra-feminine and incredibly chic, this dress pleads, nay, screams to be worn to your next outdoor nuptials. Featuring a high neck that bow ties in the back and an all-over flattering sage green color, you’re bound to receive hoards of compliments for this dazzling number. Make sure to wear heels you can move in and dance the night away in this swing style, trapeze frock.

Shop It! ASOS DESIGN Premium High Neck Pleated Trapeze Broderie Midi Dress, $95

Photo: Asos

Show Me Your Mumu Verona Cowl Dress

Special occasion dress, champagne satin cowl neck dress

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A special occasion dress you need no excuse to wear. I cannot advocate enough that every woman needs a high quality slip dress in her wardrobe necessities kit. This satin champagne dress can be made formal with a pair of strappy heels and chandelier earrings, office appropriate under a turtleneck sweater with loafers, and happy hour approved with a leather jacket and sneakers!

Shop It! Verona Cowl Dress, $164

Photo: Show Me Your Mumu

Lulu’s Porch Swing Dress

Special occasion dress, navy blue floral midi dress

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I will admit, I was inspired to share this special occasion dress with you all after seeing a friend wear it to a wedding, but it was too good not to! It reminds me of Reese Witherspoon’s brand Draper James, and how cute would this floral dress look sippin’ lemonade at a Mother’s Day brunch?!

Shop It! Porch Swing Navy Blue Floral Print Midi Dress, $66

Photo: Lulus

Anthropologie Klara Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Special occasion dress, cotton red off-the-shoulder dress

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Maybe your festivities this year will have you traveling far and wide. Having a dress that is appropriate for the event, travels well, and won’t weigh down your luggage can be a tall order to fill. I’ve saved you the searching frustration and found a dress that checks all the boxes. This punchy red dress from Anthropologie is a lovely, lightweight cotton that will look amazing belted with contrasting acrylic earrings and remain wrinkle-free despite hours in a suitcase.

Shop It! Klara Off-The-Shoulder Dress, $160

Photo: Anthropologie

ASOS Design Plus-Size Mini Dress

Special occasion dress, grey flutter sleeve plus-size mini dress with a pleated skirt

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If you are a plus-sized lady, I cannot recommend Asos enough for its selection of inclusive, plus-size fashion! With extended sizes ranging from 12 to 28, everyone can get in on this trendy, affordable online retailer, especially for special occasion dresses. As the weather outside begins to heat up, this flutter sleeve mini dress will keep you cool and comfortable through the longest graduation and wedding ceremonies.

Shop It! ASOS DESIGN Curve Flutter Sleeve Mini Dress with Pleat Skirt, $51

Photo: ASOS

ASTR the Label Lace Midi Dress

Special occasion dress, periwinkle blue special occasion dress with spaghetti straps and a floral lace pattern

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Playful and party-ready, this extra-girly midi dress is begging to be twirled in some sunshine! The delicate straps and lace pattern give an airy effect to this dreamy dress. I love this cool-tone periwinkle blue, but if it’s not for you then you have your pick of four other spring-ready shades.

Shop It! ASTR the Label Lace Midi Dress, $89

Photo: Nordstrom

French Connection Whisper Light Sheath Minidress

Special occasion dress, black, square neck mini dress

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While I am someone who dives headfirst into colors, I understand our ladies out their who prefer their neutrals, and this LBD has me debating switching to the dark side. This square neckline is extremely flattering and you’ll no doubt feel a little like Posh Spice when you slide this black dress on. Plus, a minimalist style such as this is so easy to layer, you might have trouble not reaching for it all the time.

Shop It! French Connection Whisper Light Sheath Minidress, $119

Photo: Nordstrom

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