A curated selection of spring dresses by homegrown labels that promote sustainable practices while creating stylish staples.
A stylish, well-tailored dress is one of the most underrated fashion investments. Rich fabrics, timeless silhouettes and quirky details ensure that you wear the piece for years to come. So as we ring in the good weather days, we curate the ultimate edit of spring dresses that will serve you for many seasons.
While we love botanical prints, there are times when you’re in agreement with Miranda Priestly that florals prints for spring aren’t exactly groundbreaking. Like us, if you’re looking to expand your fashion vocabulary and include bold hues, sharp cuts and unconventional prints into your wardrobe, then this edit of spring dresses is for you. Made from natural fabrics, created by local artisans and weavers and following principles of sustainability, these spring dresses are ready to slip into.
Are you planning a holiday somewhere or simply dreaming about summer? Whatever, your mood might be Summer Somewhere by Meghna Goyal’s carefree garments fit right in. Their latest collection is inspired by sandy landscapes like canyons and deserts. Earthy tones of red, rust and yellows are peppered with pink, lilac and white. Our pick, the one-shoulder Antalya Mini Dress (Rs 5,590) with a draped bodice that checks our need for playful everyday outfits that promote slow fashion over changing trends.
LàFuori, meaning ‘out there’ in Italian is the brainchild Vidur Adlakha from India and Riccardo Benedini from Italy. This cultural merger aims to create organic and sustainable clothing while promoting local artisans and crafts. Their collection, ‘Stories of Sapa’ are inspired by Vietnamese culture and features crimson hues, botanical prints and luxurious silk fabrics. Alluding to the sunset and Vietnames poppy flowers, the Retro Slip Dress (Rs 13,293) with cut-out strips and silk crepe fabric is a great option for evening spring soirees.
Tilfi is a homegrown brand with a singular aim of reviving and modernising the rich crafts, culture and artist community of Banaras. Founded by Udit Khanna, Ujjwal Khanna and Aditi Chand, each garment from the brand is handmade in Banaras using handwoven silk, cotton, koras, khadi and georgette fabrics. The Mint Green Pure Khaddi Georgette Handwoven Flared Dress (Rs 15,800) boasts of a wispy freshness with it’s double-tiered silhouette, braided belt, dual-tone tassels and dainty pearl detailing.
If you’re looking for romantic date dresses, then prêt-a-porter label, Tara & I is sure to serve as a great accomplice. Their latest collection, ‘Tutu’ is inspired by the playful movements and dainty ballerinas of a ballet class. Motifs of tutu and ballet ribbons are reimagined with movements. Ethically sourced, natural, biodegradable fabrics like high-twist cotton voile and cotton tencel in hues of blush, plum, crème and pearl grey complete the look. This flouncy sleeves Plum Ribbon Print Midi Dress in cotton voile is made for coffee dates where you want to dress up while looking casual.
House of Three is a multi-faceted design label based in Bengaluru that boasts of couture, pret, diffusion, menswear and home decor with clean sophistical styles. Their latest diffusion line, Sattva offers easy wearable options that are made from handloom chanderi and mercerised pure cotton. The collection is based on the idea of giving back to the weaving community. The Artha Red Wrap Dress (Rs 8,990) is the perfect day-to-night outfit crafted in cotton poplin with a tie-up sash.
Alamelu, a luxe ready-to-wear label comes from the House of Angadi and is designed for the contemporary Indian woman who is conscious of design and textile quality. Their latest collection, ‘Close To The Art’ is their creative director, K H Radharaman’s attempt to make art more inclusive. Shot against artworks in his former hometown, Chennai, this seasonless collection is replete with artistic elements like tonal palette and brushstrokes. This beautifully constructed Ivory Silk Textured Cowl Dress (Rs 22,500) adds sharp lines to an otherwise loose silhouette.
Saundh refers to petrichor, the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. A metaphorical reference to the natural beauties that the earth offers us, Saundh is a contemporary label that creates modern pieces with a traditional ethos. The Rumaani Pastel Tunic In Cotton (Rs 5,995) from the Preet line steals our heart with its delicate lace detailing, patchwork and chequered yokes, peony flower embroidery and raglan sleeves.
If you’re looking for fierce and feminine clothing, Swatee Singh’s eponymous label with its impeccable craftsmanship is your new best friend. Her RTW ‘21 collection titled, ‘Zeita’, the Romanian word for goddess and is bold and dramatic with classic elements like leopard print, embellished polka dots and watercolour pastels. Inspired by the 80’s, the low back style called Bateau Neck Fay Dress (Rs 18,000) is crafted in organza for that ladylike elegance.