This article is part of spring fashion month, we’re here to break down your must-have spring fashion pieces. From denim jackets to cozy sandals, we asked editors, influencers, and experts about their must-haves for spring and beyond.
It’s easy to be an Amazon fashion skeptic. As much as we consider ourselves expert shoppers, nearly all of us have purchased t-shirts, pants, jackets, dresses, sunglasses, etc. and despite the high number of reviews the item may have had, we were completely disappointed when it arrived. So, that’s why we dropped by and tried on the most popular spring dresses under $40 on Amazon in person. Although some of our selections have over 50,000 reviews, we were very disappointed with some of them, so please see the actual selection below.
At first, I was hesitant to order this espresso dress based on my skin tone, but I was shocked when I loved it! It’s neither sheer nor too thin, but at the same time the garment is light and comfortable, and I can move freely while feeling secure. It was the same as the pictures shown online, and to my surprise, the height and waist fit the dress perfectly even for a 5’2″. One thing to note about this dress is that although I ordered a small size, the bust was a bit larger than I thought it would be and the sleeves were a little baggy. However, since the dress is meant to be flowy and not fit, I really don’t mind! I will still be wearing it to events this spring and summer. — Madison Yerke, social strategist
Honestly, there’s nothing easier and more flattering than this simple V-neck dress, which comes in many basic colors and fun patterns. The style accentuates all the right places, the material is soft and the length is great so you don’t have to worry about wearing any special underwear. A breezy spring outfit that can be worn with cute sandals, or with sneakers and a denim jacket – what more could you ask for? — Chelsea Stone, Senior Editor
I was a little skeptical about Amazon Fashion, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this dress. I don’t know why they called the print Black Panther, because it’s actually more of an abstract, almost monarch butterfly vibe. But it’s soft to the touch, and the combination of length and high neckline makes it feel more than your average slip dress – and it could be great with accessories for a garden wedding or a pretty open-air dinner. I would have liked a zipper to make it easier to get in and out – there’s a lot of fabric to wrestle with – and the belt loops do a good job of securing the included belt. But it can go in both the washer and dryer, which is great for the inevitable grass stains I might get. — Rena Behar, Copy Editor
It’s the perfect t-shirt dress and ready to go. It works just as well with sandals as it does with sneakers and is super comfortable. the best part? Pockets – deep! Although it’s rayon and polyester, it feels like cotton and is breathable. This is an absolute wardrobe must-have. — Lindsay Smith, Associate Editor
There’s a lot I like about this dress. I love the adjustable waist and how I can turn it into a deep v neck, shallow v neck or cover up. It’s super light and breathable, and the length and bust are true to the size chart. There is plenty of room to move and the color is exactly as described in the photos. With its adjustable fit, it can be dressed up or down, and once I find myself in warmer weather, I can totally see it for an event or as a beach cover-up. — Madison Yerke, social strategist
This off-the-shoulder dress is so flattering! I was nervous at first because it looked small out of the bag, but it stretches a lot and is really comfortable. The double slits are my favorite part, great once the weather gets hotter. All I will say is that this garment tends to wrinkle easily, so if you’re packing for a trip, make sure you have an iron or steamer handy. — Lindsay Smith, Associate Editor
It’s very rustic – I thought I’d pair it with a giant straw hat and matching picnic basket. It’s fun though! The fabric feels softer than I expected, and the flowers are much more vivid than I expected. The liner also does a good job of keeping thin fabrics opaque even if you’re not wearing a bra (the way the sleeves and back are designed may be necessary). The ties at the back are super cute and easy to tie yourself, though you can also tie it looser and pull the skirt on. It’s also a big fan of the fact that it’s machine washable, even if it does need to be lined to dry. — Rena Behar, Copy Editor
The Yathon Sleeveless Dress has all the little details I look for in a spring dress. It has a flattering V-neck, adjustable spaghetti straps, an A-line and a slightly gathered top. I’m always a little worried about sizing when choosing S, M, L, and XL, but the large size works because the straps are easy to adjust. It’s not the highest quality cotton, but for the price, it’s soft, comfortable, and definitely opaque. You can also wear a belt to elevate your work look or more formal gatherings. But my favorite part? pocket. — Tobey Grumet, Reviews Editor
I had low expectations for finding a fitted dress on Amazon, but this one from Dokotoo actually scored quite well. It fits easily on the head but has a concealed side zip should you need it. The overall fit is very comfortable; it’s not itchy thanks to the fully lined bodice, and it’s lightweight and roomy enough to still allow my arms to move freely. The belted waistline is still cinched just enough to create some shape and contrast with the fullness of the skirt.
While I’m not always a fan of short skirts, I like this one with the back fully covered but the front still just above the knee. I also like the backless design, although it does mean you have to go braless or opt for an adhesive bra. The only caveat with this dress is the neckline. I’m all for deep V, but this one might be a bit too deep, going all the way down to the base of my sternum at first. To me, it’s not a problem that a cleverly placed safety pin can’t fix, but those with larger breasts or who like to be more covered may want to be careful, the cropping is more revealing than most Amazon photos. — Jillian Tracy, Editorial Coordinator