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Saks Adam & Eve dress from Saks.com

I am feeling O-so Jackie O this spring! Pourquoi, mon amie? Well, in case you haven’t laid eyes on the lovely array of shifts peppering NYC’s window displays this season, the dress is back! Even better, baby dolls, the baby doll is back. Floaty and feminine, this seasons frocks are not only absolutely darling, but they’re also comfy (mon dieu!).

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Anthropologie dress

I happened to be trying on an adorable cobalt tunic at Barneys CO-PO last week when my mind wandered back to the days of body suits (I was certain that I had blocked that out) and the nightmares that they evoke. Sure, I’ll work a pair of stiletto like nobody’s business or low-carb it for skinny jeans, but no gal should ever again be a slave to a fashion that included crotch snaps and spandex. Anyhoo, I slipped the roomy dress over my head and paired it with wedges-voila! In an instant, I am rendered super-cute without having to snap, stretch or suck in. The roomy dress showed no visible evidence that I had Grey’s Papaya for lunch and instantly made my legs look slimmer. Bless the hearts of the fashion Gods for this!

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Urban Outfitters dress

Working this season’s chicest trend is not without a few simple guidelines, so take note. First and most important is the length of your fabulous frock. Dare to bare, peaches, this is the time to show off those gams, and since your outfit is innocent enough in style, sex it up with a little leg. Anything too long conjures up memories of your grandmother’s mumu.

Of course, you shouldn’t forget to accessorize. Belt it, cinch it or keep it just-so, but pair your dresses with cute cardigans while the weather is still breezy and layer to your hearts content.

A clutch is a must, but most important is what your feet are walking in. That pesky rule that short hemlines should be paired with flats? Stash it away with your denim jackets for another season. Sure, a pair of ballet flats can be a casual-cute combo with your new duds, but the wedge is where it’s at and just so happens to make your legs look a mile long in your tunic dress, (Hint: Patent leather will add instant glam for after-hours).

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Daryl K Dress

So where do you buy your lovely new “it” item? As I mentioned earlier, Barneys CO-OP racks are stuffed with fabulous spring dresses. My personal faves are Phillip Lim’s Bib Front and Trapeze Dresses and any of the Daryl K dress line is fabulous.

For the chain gang, Anthropologie and their hip younger sister, Urban Outfitters, both have a selection of goods that can make you look like a politician’s wife or a rock star. Whateva floats your boat, love.

So whether you’re going for Jackie O or Janice J, dress it up this spring and flock to the frock.

Originally published March 2007
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