At the very bitter end of winter, when daylight savings has finally made it possible to leave the office and still catch the sun casting shadows on the sidewalk, it seems like the perfect time to finally break out printed dresses. Even if you kept these pieces in heavy rotation all winter long, layering them with turtlenecks or knits, there’s something straight-up liberating about slipping into a striped, polka-dotted, or (most appropriately) floral dress; it practically coaxes spring into full bloom.
Devoid of cliché flower motifs and boring graphics, some of the best printed dresses for spring are bright, come in modern silhouettes (think generously sized sleeves, midi-length hems, sleek slips), and translate the less-than-groundbreaking floral print beyond its reputation for being demure and delicate. Instead, playful mini buds, sweeping watercolors, and completely clashing patterns feel completely fresh.
Below, shop some of the best printed pieces that are practically synonymous with the spring without feeling entirely expected.