Cute Cotton Dresses
Photo courtesy of John Rogers Spring 2021

19 Reasons to Stock Your Closet Full of Cotton Dresses This Spring

There’s nothing quite as effortless as this easy-breezy fabric.

Certain fabrics can evoke feelings of nostalgia. Just like cashmere is reminiscent of holidays well spent with family, cotton is the epitome of spring’s joie de vivre. There is something effortless about cotton that feels like a clean slate after a long winter. 

Once temperatures reach 60-degrees, we instantly gravitate toward our beloved spring and summer dressesespecially the cotton ones. Trust us—there is no better way to embrace spring than by trading your loungewear for a classic cotton dress that is just as easy to wear. They’re lightweight and breathable yet timeless all at once. In fact, in the springtime, cotton dresses become every fashion girl’s uniform; you can style them with a low-heel mule for polished look or slide sandals and a cardigan sweater for a more casual vibe.

From maxi lengths and kaftan styles to cut-outs and floral numbers, we are deeming these 19 cotton dresses  the must-haves of the season. 

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Caroline Herrera $1,690.00 BUY NOW
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Caroline Herrera Gathered Cotton Midi Dress

Throughout the last several seasons, statement sleeves and cotton dresses have proven to be the ultimate pairing. Carolina Herrera’s Creative Director, Wes Gordon, was inspired by graceful and dramatic femininity when designing this collection—and this dress embodies that. Style this voluminous silhouette with minimalist-inspired accessories so the dress can be the hero of the look.

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Caroline Herrera Gathered Cotton Midi Dress available at Moda Operandi for $1,690.00 BUY NOW
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Jonathan Simkhai April Drawstring-Detailed Cotton Maxi Dress

A classic silhouette, the maxi cotton dress is a perfect option for an elevated yet effortlessly relaxed look. Jonathan Simkhai’s April dress is an easy style made from washed cotton that cinches at the waist to accentuate the body’s natural curves.

Jonathan Simkhai April Drawstring-Detailed Cotton Maxi Dress available at Moda Operandi for $595.00 BUY NOW
bottega veneta $1,920.00 BUY NOW
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Bottega Veneta Button-Down Cotton Midi Dress

Introducing the cotton dress version of your beloved button-down shirt: Bottega Veneta’s Button-Down Cotton Midi Dress. The brand's resort collection championed contemporary silhouettes, placing a major emphasis on functionality. This midi dress is made with soft cotton and subtle tailoring for a relaxed and refined look.

bottega veneta Button-Down Cotton Midi Dress available at Moda Operandi for $1,920.00 BUY NOW
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RAEY Elasticated Cut-Out Abstract-Print Cotton Dress

For those craving a graphic moment, try a slim-fitting silhouette with a contrasting pattern. The coordinating cut-out at the waist creates an optical illusion, making the dress look like a two-piece set, yet it's actually one easy style. Complete the outfit with bold black accessories like leather slides and a structured handbag to enhance the abstract motif.

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raey Elasticated Cut-Out Abstract-Print Cotton Dress available at MatchesFashion for $187.00 BUY NOW
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Celine Prairie Dress in Cotton Percale

We’re obsessed with the romantic, bohemian spirit of Celine’s resort collection. This prairie cotton dress embodies sweet femininity through its design details, like the ruffles framing the collarbone and baring the shoulders, the delicate front buttons and bow, and the eyelet pattern on the hem.

Celine Prairie Dress In Cotton Percale available at 24 Sèvres for $1,950.00 BUY NOW
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Farm Rio Floral Sea Midi Dress

Perhaps it’s our newfound love for color after winter, but we are all about tropical colors and patterns this season. Switch up your usual  white cotton dresses with a fun pop of color, like Farm Rio’s Floral Sea Midi Dress.

FARM Floral Sea Midi Dress available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $74.99 BUY NOW
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Khaite Rosaline Ruched Cotton Dress

For a more evening-inspired look, opt for Khaite’s new Rosaline Ruched cotton dress. Remaining true to Khaite’s design DNA, this dress is a modern silhouette distinguished by exceptional materials and subtle yet striking details. Elevated with delicate ruching and cut-outs, this dress is the perfect spring night-out piece. 

Khaite Rosaline Ruched Cotton Dress available at Moda Operandi for $3,600.00 BUY NOW
Cute Cotton Dresses - Staud - Demi Short Puff-sleeve Maxi Dress
Cute Cotton Dresses - Staud - Demi Short Puff-sleeve Maxi Dress
STAUD
Demi Short Puff-Sleeve Maxi Dress
$345.00 BUY NOW
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STAUD Demi Short Puff-Sleeve Maxi Dress

No silhouette exudes more ease than the tiered cotton dress. Its voluminous shape feels extra breezy—even on summer's hottest days. But it's the flounce hem, short puff sleeves, and elongated length that make it a go-to day in and day out.

STAUD Demi Short Puff-Sleeve Maxi Dress available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $345.00 BUY NOW
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Deveaux Sylvie Cutout Midi Dress

Cutouts were made for the cotton dress. Take Deveaux’s sophisticated midi design for example—its tasteful waist cutouts add visual interest and create the illusion of a corset, without the uncomfortable cinching. Editor's tip: style this dress with a strappy sandal and hints of gold jewelry for an elevated everyday look.

DEVEAUX Sylvie Cutout Midi Dress available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $268.49 BUY NOW
10 /19
Oscar De La Renta One-Shoulder Pineapple-Print Cotton Dress

We know it’s cliche, but it wouldn’t be a proper spring dress without a floral print. Update your floral dress repertoire with a super-sized, abstract print like Oscar De La Renta’s One-Shoulder Dress.

Oscar de la Renta One-Shoulder Pineapple-Print Cotton Dress available at Moda Operandi for $2,790.00 BUY NOW
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The Row Tanita Blue Cotton Shirt Dress

There is nothing quite as timeless as a cotton shirt dress. And it comes as no surprise that The Row calculated the perfect balance of elegance and modern charm to create the Tanita shirt dress. Designed in a refreshing blue hue, this tailored dress is the transitional number that will take you from spring to summer to fall.

THE ROW Tanita Blue Cotton Shirt Dress available at Harvey Nichols for $1,900.00 BUY NOW
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Chloé Flower Dot Broderie Anglaise Cotton Dress

We have to admit: we love a mini moment. Believe it or not, but mini cotton dresses have the same ease as the flowy maxi styles. This Chloé mini cotton dress is designed with a sophisticated A-line skirt, which adds an elevated finish to a short silhouette.

chloe Flower Dot Broderie Anglaise Cotton Dress available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $569.15 BUY NOW
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JW Anderson Halterneck Cotton-Blend Jersey and Poplin Dress

To be completely candid, we haven’t stopped thinking about this JW Anderson dress since the day we first saw it. The juxtaposition of the fitted halter neck bodice with the voluminous poplin skirt creates a dynamic proportion that just works.

JW ANDERSON Halterneck Cotton-Blend Jersey And Poplin Dress available at MatchesFashion for $1,290.00 BUY NOW
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Gucci Cotton-Blend Jacquard Kaftan

For those ready to skip ahead to summer’s beach-inspired looks, Gucci’s floaty kaftan cotton dress from Alessandro Michele’s bohemian-inspired Pre-Fall collection is for you. This flowy silhouette was practically made for lazy days spent in sipping lemonade on the boardwalk.

Gucci Cotton-Blend Jacquard Kaftan available at Net-a-Porter for $3,700.00 BUY NOW
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Three Graces London Rosette Shirred-Waist Cotton Mini Dress

This shirred-waist cotton style is the ultimate spring dress. Designed with softly gathered cotton poplin to create a simple yet elegant shape, and long-sleeves that allow you to forego a jacket altogether, it's the ideal dress for spring’s rather moody weather.

THREE GRACES LONDON Rosette Shirred-Waist Cotton Mini Dress available at MatchesFashion for $270.00 BUY NOW
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Matteau The Triangle Tiered Organic-Cotton Dress

It’s official: pink is the color of the season. If you haven’t indulged in something this bold yet for spring, now is your chance. Matteau’s Triangle Tiered dress is designed for a minimalist with its thin straps, low-cut V-neckline, and dainty button detailing, but it also speaks to maximalists with its bubblegum pink color.

Matteau The Triangle Tiered Organic-Cotton Dress available at MatchesFashion for $336.00 BUY NOW
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Tory Burch Printed Cotton-Voile Midi Shirt Dress

To be considered an easy dress, one must be lightweight—it’s a nonnegotiable. Tory Burch’s shirt dress, which is printed with a garden-inspired floral pattern, is cut from a lightweight cotton-voile, making it feel just as breezy as it looks.

Tory Burch Printed Cotton-Voile Midi Shirt Dress available at Net-a-Porter for $398.00 BUY NOW
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Self Portrait Ruffled V-Neck Striped Cotton-Poplin Maxi Dress

Stripes will always be a classic spring and summer pattern; thus, a striped cotton dress is more than fitting. Self Portrait’s Striped Maxi Dress is the ultimate day dress thanks to its no-fuss fit. Take it into evening with a strappy square-toe sandal and lady bag, or keep it more casual by styling the dress with a sneaker and rectangular sunglasses.

SELF-PORTRAIT Ruffled V-Neck Striped Cotton-Poplin Maxi Dress available at MatchesFashion for $510.00 BUY NOW
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Prada Patch-Pocket Flared Cotton-Jersey Dress

We saw a plethora of tennis-inspired looks this past season, from pleated mini skirts to classic tennis dresses with sharp collars. Prada’s cotton dress nods to sporting influences with its clean white cotton, round neckline, and extra fullness through the skirt.

Prada Patch-Pocket Flared Cotton-Jersey Dress available at MatchesFashion for $1,202.00 BUY NOW
About the Author
Adrienne Faurote is a contributor at Editorialist covering all things fashion and beauty. After studying Fashion Design at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York, Adrienne then moved on to become the Fashion Market Editor at Marie Claire Magazine for over 5 years. When she's not covering the season's must-have fashion trends or reviewing the latest beauty fads, you'll find her trying popular boutique fitness and wellness trends.
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