Grandpa collar dresses will be everywhere this spring – 11 of our favourites

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Don’t let the name fool you, for these frocks are certainly fresh.

Whenever we want a pick-me-up purchase, dresses are our first port of call. Diligently working for a whole host of occasions, they’re a wardrobe staple that will see us through any season, whatever the weather. And they can even be counted on for effortless styling, meaning making it out the door in minutes is more than achievable. Could we ask for much more?

Looking at the latest trends is our passion (and our job) here at Stylist, and we’d be confident in saying we can spot them from a mile away. But this latest one may surprise you, as it’s so subtle it could easily be missed. 

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Calling in the grandad collar, a shape we haven’t seen around for quite a while, the smart-casual look is coming through thick and fast from some of our favourite retailers. Taking on the structure of a standard shirt dress but cutting off the collar, it pares back a more formal frock so you can wear it from the boardroom to the bar. And, on particularly warm days, there’s no risk of getting hot under the collar, in the literal sense.

From an M&S denim number to Monki’s myriad of patterns, some of our beloved high street brands have kept the grandad collar dresses more casual, while Plumo, Anthropologie and Me + Em have made more formal fitting frocks. Keep reading below to see our favourite finds to add to your workwear wardrobe, dinner date looks or wedding guest gowns – yes, it’s not too long before that season starts. 

  • Monki doddle print grandpa-collar dress

    Monki doddle print grandpa collar dress

    Monki is leaning into the grandpa-collar dress trends wholeheartedly, with a handful of perky prints covering the cut. This black and white wonder is one of our favourites, adding a punchy pattern to the simple shirt dress style.

    Shop Monki doddle print grandpa collar dress at H&M, £35


  • Anthropologie the Somerset maxi dress

    Anthropologie the Somerset maxi dress

    This dress is giving Italian Riveria meets west London living, and we just love it. The pretty print is sure to perk up anyone’s wardrobe, while the voluminous structure lends itself to a whole host of occasions.

    Shop Anthropologie the Somerset maxi dress, from £118


  • Whistles button front mini dress with shoulder detail

    Whistles button front mini dress with shoulder detail

    Whether worn with tights and biker boots or bare legs and trusty trainers, we’re marking this Whistles dress a must-have, no matter the weather. Made from lightweight lyocell, it’s sure to be comfy and cosy – the frill details add just a pop of personality.

    Shop Whistles button front mini dress with shoulder detail at Asos, £119


  • Joules Aurora zip down jersey dress

    Joules Aurora zip down jersey dress

    If you’re still working on your winter wardrobe, then this Joules dress could be just the ticket. In deep purple tones and comfy jersey fabric, it’s cosy yet adds colour to even the dullest of days.

    Shop Joules Aurora zip down Jersey dress, £64.95


  • M&S denim V-neck button front midi tiered dress

    M&S denim V-neck button front midi tiered dress

    Denim is the dutiful fabric we turn to for any occasion, but it’s time to wear it in more ways than just jeans. This lightweight denim dress is one of our favourite finds, and the tiered skirt gives it a beautifully structured finish.

    Shop M&S denim V-neck button front midi tiered dress, £39.50


  • Guess Marciano linen-blend dress

    Guess Marciano linen blend dress

    It may be a little early to start buying minis, but a girl can dream. And if you have a hot holiday coming up, we’re willing to bet you’re planning your wardrobe now (even if it is many months away).

    Shop Guess Marciano linen blend dress, £325


  • Joe Browns Jasmine dress

    Joe Browns Jasmine dress

    Whether wearing them to work, dinner, or drinks at a bar, polka dots are the perfect pattern for almost any occasion. In a vintage-like look, this Joe Browns dress takes us back to the 20s in the best way.

    Shop Joe Browns Jasmine dress, £50


  • Monsoon embroidered jersey shirt dress

    Monsoon embroidered jersey shirt dress

    Embroidered dresses are effortlessly elegant, and this Monsoon pick is no exception. Coming under the brand’s sustainable range, it’s created with more planet-conscious cotton that’s cool and comfy.

    Shop Monsoon embroidered jersey shirt dress, £100


  • Me + Em wild chamomile print fit and flare dress

    Me + Em wild chamomile print fit and flare dress

    Spring is in the air, and Me + Em certainly got the memo. In a light camomile print, this dress is just delightful. Whether worn to work, lunch or a warmer weather wedding, it’s sure to sit in pride of place in anyone’s wardrobe.

    Shop Me + Em wild chamomile print fit and flare dress, £275


  • Monki green grandpa-collar dress

    Monki green grandpa collar dress

    Glowing green, this dress is designed for the brave. But worn with white knee-high boots and a trusty trench, it’s sure to stand out in a chic way.

    Shop Monki green grandpa collar dress, £35


  • Plumo seersucker dress

    Plumo seersucker dress

    Seersucker dresses are a godsend in warmer weather. So while we won’t be wearing them right now, we are prepping our wardrobes with the fabric in shades of white, neutral and black for any occasion. Just imagine how weightless this one will feel when walking around in the summer.

    Shop Plumo seersucker dress, £89


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