Fashion & Accessories

By Alexandra Taylor

The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and the weather couldn’t be any more inviting — what better way to honor the arrival of spring than by stepping out in your favorite warm-weather frocks. From floral-printed sundresses to bold color-blocked maxi dresses, retailers are awashed with vibrant frocks for every occasion.

Work-wear:

The rising temperatures have spurred an outpouring of bold spring fashions all over the New York City streets. In spring and summer our priorities tend to sway towards staying cool and looking stylish, all whilst carrying on with our day to day activities. While donning the newest fashion forward dresses in summer-like weather is an achievement in itself, it is also just as important to dress work-appropriate for those 9-5 days. Take a note from the Spring 2012 runways and keep the 5-inch heels and mini sundresses at home and opt for a burst of color, bold prints and sophisticated yet flirty silhouettes for the workday. Try an abstract-printed, draped dress from Tibi or a graphic black and white shift from Black Fleece paired with a fitted blazer for chic yet appropriate office style. Available at net-a-porter.com. To add a splash of color to your day, opt for a bright sheath dress from J.Crew in a tailored silhouette, the perfect combination of sophistication and warm-weather flair. For subtle spring charm, choose a light pastel dress, like the Tucker stretch-silk number paired with bold accessories for an effortless city-chic look. Available at net-a-porter.com, images courtesy net-a-porter.com.

Weekend Style:

Nothing brings New Yorkers together more than a beautiful spring weekend, indulging in the luxuries of brunching outdoors, reading in the park or jogging along the Hudson. The streets seem to overfill with enthusiastic shoppers and locals taking in the hustle and bustle of the city. For a relaxing weekend afternoon, it is always best to dress with comfort in mind. Throw on a vibrant printed frock and strappy flat sandals from Vanessa Bruno Athe or Tucker for afternoon brunch and a leisurely stroll along the High Line. For a more sophisticated weekend affair look to Diane Von Furstenberg’s bold red wrap shirt dress or a By Malene Birger peach silk crepe dress with tailored details, which can easily be paired with flats or heels for versatility from day to night. All dresses available at net-a-porter.com, images courtesy net-a-porter.com.

Spring Escape:

Planning a spring getaway? Fully indulge in your wanderlust with a bevy of tropic-friendly, effortlessly fashionable dresses. Whether you are sauntering through the streets of Monaco or eating beach side at a Caribbean resort these bright dresses will complete any spring/summer vacation wardrobe. Thakoon Addition’s Spring Collection features the perfect spring and summer holiday dresses, exuding relaxed glamour. Choose the bohemian styled tie dye-print silk dress for day or a vibrant yellow belted maxi dress with a cinched waist for an evening out. During an afternoon of vacation shopping consider a whimsical floral-printed pastel flowing dress by Girl. By Band of Outsiders. Lastly, for the ultimate vacation allure, don the Milly graphic chiffon maxi dress with an art-deco inspired construction, sure to get you noticed during any spring retreat. All dresses available at net-a-porter.com, images courtesy net-a-porter.com

Originally published April 2012
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