Dress to Impress
Cute spring dresses transition from work to dinner out.

Of course jeans are a girl’s best friend, but every once in a while you want to play up your femininity and feel like a total lady. Que dresses-- that’s when they come to center stage! Dresses are a huge trend that exploded back into the fashion world a few seasons ago, and there is no hint of this revitalization slowing down any time soon. Whether maxi, casual, work appropriate, or formal, the right dress is a genteel and glamorous way to celebrate your womanhood and truly wow at your next event this spring.

Try a Shirtdress

The shirtdress is perfect for the easy-going, sporty girl who appreciates fluidity and fun without an overload of effort. A feminine take on the men’s oxford shirt, a silk collared dress like this vintage-inspired Voyage dress by Marchesa is a classic and wholesome style. It is the perfect way to remain covered while also remaining fashion conscious, as it plays with the juxtaposition of feminine & masculine inspirations. It provides for an easy, pulled together look that’s exemplary for a professional day in the city or a romantic picnic with a new spring fling.

STYLE TIP: Keep accessories feminine and dainty and feel free to layer up – a shirtdress can come across as bold and severe if not properly accessorized. Might we also suggest adding a little bit of a heel? Regardless of the more feminine implementation of the silk material, the masculine cut still greatly benefits from a little bit of height in the leg.

Appreciate Beauty in Blooms

Give spring a warm welcome by trying feminine, natural prints for anything from a particularly important work meeting to your next luncheon, event, or dinner with friends. Play up your girly side in this Zimmermann twist knot drape dress at Shopbop.com. Designed by two sisters from downunder, Zimmermann is known for a polished aesthetic and beach-inspired fashion collections. The ruching and knotting flatters all body types, while the silk fabrication and drape lends a playful twist and vintage sophistication. Whatever print you choose, allow your personality and personal style choices to shine through your print choice.

STYLE TIP: Be willing to take a risk with your choice of prints, but be cognizant about the size of the floral. If you are petite, a small-scale dainty print lends to an ensemble that doesn’t overtake you. Tall? You can pull off a bolder, large print.

Hear Me Roar

When you want to break from the pride, animal print is the way to go wild. Put the “dress” into dressing up for your next evening out and don a naturally vibrant dress for instant flattery. A leopard print dress such as this pairs a modern approach with a modest long sleeve, making it a perfect wardrobe staple at any age. It emphasizes any figure; the long sleeve will also mask problem arm areas, should that be needed. Take your style up a notch at your next party and try this dress for an evolved, queen-of-the-jungle look.

STYLE TIP: If you don’t want to feel overdressed – throw on a pair of flats and style your hair into a messy bun to give this dress casual styling.

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