15 'Anne'-inspired spring dresses fit for a day at Green Gables

Fun spring looks that pay homage to the simple fabrics, high necks, full skirts and ruffle-detailing that dominated the fashion back in Anne’s time.

Spring has sprung! And just in time for CBC's new take on the beloved Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables, aptly titled Anne. While we were watching the premiere, we couldn't get enough of the luscious greenery and blooming fields that cover Anne's home of Green Gables. So, we pulled together a bunch of fun spring looks that pay homage to the simple fabrics, high necks, full skirts and ruffle-detailing that dominated the fashion back in Anne's time. Shop them, wear them and love them as you anxiously await next week's episode.

Natural fabrics

The button-down silhouette and 'sweet as sherbert' shade of this linen A-line dress make it a must-have for the warmer months.

Cooperative Emilia Linen Button-Down Midi Dress, $99, Urban Outfitters

This pretty party dress uses a vintage pattern from Liberty Art Fabrics, a British print house that's been creating bright floral motifs since the time Anne stepped on the scene. Plus, it's 100% cotton for easy wear and wash!

Ruffle-hem midi dress in Liberty® Wiltshire Floral, $259, J.Crew

Make a statement in this playful cotton midi dress that's adorned with flowers, pinstripes and an eye-catching knot just under the ribs.

Printed Tunic with Knot, $69.90, Zara

Made from a soft, medium-weight linen, this fit and flare sand beauty with a sweetheart neckline is perfect for attending an Anne-style tea party — or any spring affair!

Olivia Dress in Sand, $198, Reformation

Rousing ruffles

With a diagonal ruffle swept across the bodice, this playful long-sleeved mini dress is sure to make a statement all spring.

TopShop Blossom Frill Dress, $75, Hudson's Bay

The big, bold ruffles on the front and shoulders of this dress harken all the way back to Anne's time, while its frayed seams and denim fabric bring an edgy, modern twist.

Frilled Denim Dress, $35.90, Zara

If you love a good polka dot, look no further than this ruffled beauty with an empire waist and a flowy, flared skirt.

Patterned Dress, $49.99, H&M

Ruffles line the chest, sleeves and hem of this pale pink piece, while its dainty, white floral pattern reminds us of Anne's beloved White Way of Delight.  

Glamorous Tall Floral Printed Ruffle Dress, $71.80, ASOS

Modest cuts

With its bright orange floral knit, smocked elastic bodice and full skirt, this dress is practically made for running through fields.

Kimchi Blue Annie Lynn Smocked Midi Dress, $79, Urban Outfitters

The simple, button-down design of this short-sleeved dress lets its punchy print do all the talking. Plus, the knee-high slit at the front gives it fun, flirty edge.

Alice & You Button Through Tea Dress, $71.80, ASOS

Springtime usually means saying goodbye to all-black attire, but we'll make an exception for this lacy, long-sleeved number. Delicate florals, a high neck and a flowing midi skirt make it the ideal transitional piece.

Natalia Dress in Oleander, $248, Reformation

A high neck and midi cut make this crinkly modal dress a winner in terms of coverage and we can't get enough of its feminine touches, like the intricate lace detailing and removable waist tie.

Honoree Dress, $135, Aritzia

Showstopping sleeves

Layered, feminine frilled sleeves make this modern take on the searsucker trend pop, but you'll really love the mini-dress for its clean cut and breezy fabric.

Striped Dress with Frilled Sleeves, $49.90, Zara

With beautiful blouson sleeves and built-in shorts underneath, this cotton wonder with silk trim reminds us why Anne is oh-so-passionate about puffed sleeves.

Lessines Dress, $128, Aritzia

The open 'cold shoulder' trend is everywhere right now, and with sleek zipper detailing that lines the seam of each shoulder, this ruffled green dress gives you the best of both worlds.

Sea Green Zipped Shoulder Dress, $39.90, Zara