Year after year, we are forced to accept that the promise of spring does not make its arrival any less laboured. One week, wearing a bikini on the balcony seems like a brilliant idea; the next, it’s hard to see beyond balaclavas. But there’s a sartorial balance that must be struck at this time, one that demonstrates hope as much as pragmatism. And a spring dress with long sleeves provides just that.
Like pockets, sleeves make us feel more secure. Maybe you have yet to defeat your keratosis pilaris. Maybe your routine for the skin on your body is not quite as fastidious as the one for the skin on your face. Maybe it’s just cold and you’d like to avoid goosebumps wherever possible. In any of these scenarios, sleeves protect us. And until you submit to the sun entirely, they’re a decent substitute for SPF (although wearing that on your face should be a permanent fixture throughout the year).
So what of the spring dress element of spring dresses with long sleeves? Well, that’s where the hope comes in. A long-sleeved dress in and of itself is often just a winter dress. This would be fine except you’re bored of winter at this point and would rather it was spring. Alas, even daffodils and the brightest sunshine can’t disguise the fact that the weather is still somewhat imperfect. A spring dress with long sleeves – probably worn with tights and chunky platform boots at this time – is a compromise between what we want and what we have now. But that’s not to suggest a long-sleeved spring dress won’t be relevant when it actually is spring – or even summer. Imagine the joy of having a picnic in the below Zimmermann, for example. It could be the loveliest spring of your life.