While you can get spring dresses with long sleeves that are also maxi dresses and spring maxi dresses that happen to have long sleeves, the main difference between them is this: spring maxi dresses are for those of us who will always be more hesitant to bear our legs than our arms.
Bare legs are such a signifier of spring that they’re basically a signifier of summer. However, they require a certain amount of preparation that sometimes we can’t be bothered with. Showering is always a necessity, so that bit is bearable. But the subsequent exfoliation, shaving and moisturisation? That may well be described as ‘labour’! And imagine going to all that effort only for it to be so cold that tights are rendered essential. Of course, you could do away with this process altogether, but some of us simply aren’t ready to be rid of patriarchal beauty standards and would much rather just complain about them. One way to circumvent them temporarily, though, is to wear a maxi dress. Maxi dresses offer freedom quite unlike anything else.
So what’s a spring maxi dress specifically? Well, we guess it’s a maxi dress you wear in spring. But, most importantly, it must make as much sense in the cold as it does in the relative heat. This is because spring can be subject to a lot of false starts – especially in the UK. People are so keen for winter to be over that they take any glimpse of sunshine as proof of its permanent defeat, only to be left howling in the hail when they realise they spoke too soon. Still, spring maxi dresses can just be layered over and under things like polo necks until their time truly comes. Although we do think that the Wolford bandeau number should be worn with naked flesh and naked flesh only, the rest is up to you – and the weather.