“Must Have” Spring Dresses for the Modern Middle-Aged Woman

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Spring Dresses - modern woman

This week, I let the spring colours fly and curated the modern middle-aged woman’s “best dresses for spring” – sharing them with my friends at The Fine Line: a leading North American voice for women over 45 that explores all aspects of “the good life”. It meant so much to collaborate with this strong, authentic, and powerhouse team of women. Today, I share my favourites, hand-selected for the style and functionality needed by the modern woman. I had fun choosing and accessorizing these dresses, and “dancing like nobody was watching” as Casey (my talented photographer) clicked away!

Spring fabrics should be soft and sexy – which is exactly what our body needs by this time each year.  Floral prints and bold colours are on-trend this spring, but a classic soft cotton is also a staple that creates versatile looks. Here are a few of my fresh finds and favourite brands for spring, and a few tips on day-to-night looks we all need for “life on the go” (including a special offer from Hilary Druxman jewelry). Enjoy! 

Club Monaco

Club Monaco offered three pretty and different styles in their latest spring arrivals:

Club Monaco Germaine dress - spring - middle age woman


Club Monaco - Saffra Frock - modern woman in spring dress

Saffra Frock

Club Monaco - Quynh Dress - modern woman spring dresses


Club Monaco - Quynh Dress - modern woman spring dresses


  • The Germaine Silk Dress offers a soft floral print, silk fabric and open neck – perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch, bridal shower, or evening cocktail party with a soft fringed wrap draped over. A neutral cropped blazer can be added for cooler days while maintaining feminine sophistication. Add chunky rose quartz jewelry (like a bracelet and earring) and your look is set! (Read on for a special offer from Hilary Druxman…)
  • The Saffra Dress offers a classic polka dot print with feminine ruffles. I added “edginess” with a cropped leather moto jacket and kept jewelry simple: a drop pearl earring and mix of silver and pearl on my wrist. Throw on a black cropped blazer for the office with a black pump, or change to an ankle wrapped heel for an evening on the town – and add a pop of bright pink or red to your lip.
  • The Quynh Silk Dress offers a twist to a classic cut that’s easy to transition from day to night with different footwear. I wore a neutral heel, but a flat or a sneaker works for daytime. Wear it belted for a different look and throw on a denim jacket to add texture. I kept jewelry simple with classic freshwater pearls in a drop earring and bracelet. Keep makeup soft, and add some gloss to a pink lip.

Lennard Taylor

Lennard Taylor is one of my very favourite Canadian designers, and a dear friend. His motto with art and fashion is “to make people smile and feel good” – and that he does with these two dresses!

Lennard Taylor - Amanda Dress - Modern Woman - spring dress


Lennard Taylor Krystle dress - modern woman spring dress

Krystle Cowl Neck A-Line

  • The soft denim Amanda dress is easy to wear and moves gracefully. I loved the comfort of sneakers and the add of a silk scarf on my wrist. Wear this dress buttoned to the neck or undone enough to show a pretty necklace. Dress it up with a heel at night and a pop of a bright pink lip. 
  • The classic Krystle cowl neck a-line dress comes in several prints, and this spring floral says pretty and functional. The cut is flattering for all body shapes – wear it loose or belted – or throw on a solid blazer, sweater, sandal or spring boot to change the look. Keep jewelry simple – with pearls or diamonds – definitely a smile and feel good!


MPG Sport’s spring line has two great classic silhouette dresses:

MPG - Runway Mock Neck Dress - modern woman - spring

Runway Mock Neck

MPG - Catwalk Centre Seam Dress - modern woman - spring dress

Catwalk Centre Seam

MPG - Catwalk Centre Seam with Diva Bomber Jacket - modern woman - spring

Catwalk Centre Seam with Diva Bomber Jacket

  • Both the  Runway Mock Neck dress and the Catwalk Center Seam dress are “no brainers” – just throw on and go! These dresses are meant for fun. The breathable, moisture-wicking fabric is soft, comfortable, and travels well (no wrinkles from the suitcase!). 
  • A blazer, leather or denim jacket can transform the look dependent on footwear. I loved adding the Diva Patterned Bomber JacketAdd a silk twist around your neck with your favourite scarf or a long necklace (I wore a lariat and labradorite necklace with irregular hoop earrings)

Anthropologie is showcasing some bold colour this spring and this dress (just received in store) has beautiful movement. I loved the hemline and bold rainbow colourful stripe. This feminine piece can handle walking along the shore in bare feet, lunch with girlfriends, and a night dancing in heels! Pair with a black onyx bracelet and hoop earrings, and leave the neckline bare or add a simple pendant necklace. 

Anthroplogie - Spring Bold stripe frock - modern woman

Anthropologie – Bold striped Frock

Free People

I danced like nobody was watching in Free People’s Gorgeous Jess Wrap Maxi Dress! An absolute favourite – this dress moved like no other and the ruffled detail added further femininity. I will definitely wear this to an upcoming spring fashion show with girlfriends!

Free People - Jess Maxi Wrap - Spring dress - modern woman

Jess Maxi Wrap


It feels so good to shed winter wardrobes and welcome the fresh, colourful, and bold fabrics of spring – there’s something so energetic about budding trees and the confidence of wearing something fresh and new. And…only until midnight Friday (April 6/18), D by denise readers can enjoy a 10% discount* on Hilary Druxman jewelry by using checkout code DENISE.

It’s the perfect time to layer sparkle into spring! Add a new lipstick and nail polish to your new favourite dress, and get out there and strut your stuff as a modern middle-aged woman. Why? Because we can!

modern middle aged woman

Special thanks to Sue and Allison from The Fine Line for sharing my fresh finds and providing a strong voice for women!

MPG - Runway Mock Neck Dress - modern woman - spring

MPG – Runway Mock Neck

Free People - Jess Maxi

Jess Maxi WrapMotto jacket - modern woman

Photography:  Casey Nolin Photography

Jewelry: Hillary Druxman

*excludes Good Works philanthropy pieces by HD

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2 Comments on ““Must Have” Spring Dresses for the Modern Middle-Aged Woman”

  1. Excellent post! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful informative post. it’s a great list of women summer dress, I look forward to reading more on this topic. I will share this blog on my social media sites.

  2. Fashion is not restricted to any age group. If you know how to choose the right outfit for you, then you can be a part of the new book. When it is about the fashion for a middle-aged woman, it does not have to be mumsy. She should not feel shame. Rather she should update her wardrobe carefully by incorporating the latest trends so that she can maintain a fresh and timeless personality. You may not wear a miniskirt. Sorry 🙁 Don’t feel bad. Because other spring costumes are there which can flatter and reflect your eccentric sense of style.

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