Bright, Bold, Beautiful Dresses for Spring

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Last week I was lamenting that I had no dressy occasions in my spring calendar; this week I’m lamenting that I have no spring dresses for all the occasions in my calendar. In the space of a week, I’ve received “save the dates” to four weddings, a bridal luncheon, and a graduation. Add in some spring traveling and I find myself with a great excuse to go frock-shopping … not that I ever really need an excuse!

I’m a dressaholic (applause please) and with all the gorgeous dress options in store this season, there’s just no excuse not to go dress shopping. I’m eager to shed my drab winter layers for the bright, bold, and beautiful dress trends of spring. I’m thinking vivid colors, graphic prints, and feminine frills, and luckily I have a Nordy’s gift card (thank you nana!) so I can hit their dress shop—and all the key trends—in one stop.

Shrinking violets look away—fashion is so bright this season, there’s no escaping the spotlight!

I love the not-so-mellow yellow of this gorgeous metallic silk dress by Nicole Miller. This is a definite possibility for one of my spring weddings. I can see it now, the rest of the guests dressed in Oscar red, or boring black … I couldn’t but shine in this brilliant hue!

This form-fitting azure blue knit dress by Diane Von Furstenberg is classy without being stuffy—perfect for my cousin’s graduation ceremony and dinner party. By combining a very clean classic shape with an of-the-moment hue (also available in flame red), this dress may inspire the graduating students to graduate from their Juicy sweats.

This raspberry stripe knit dress by Missoni is the gorgeous, bright wakeup call my spring wardrobe craves. The textured horizontal stripes across the fitted bodice and lengthening vertical stripes in the flowing skirt below will be so flattering on that I’ll have trouble taking it off—luckily it’ll never go out of style. Need to get those silver sandals too.


With big and bold graphics and artsy abstract prints, dresses are all about show stopping drama this season.

I’m crazy about prints for tops, scarves, and even stationery, so I’m thrilled to add some eye-catching patterns to my dress rotation. I’m also a fanatic of belted dresses, so I have a serious fashion crush on this dress by Classiques Entier. The swirl-print is playful while the belted waist and full pleated skirt is super flattering. Altogether perfect for my bridal lunch engagement and anything next week’s mail throws at my spring/summer calendar.

Diane Von Furstenberg is never one to shy away from bold prints. Her dresses are flattering, feminine, and timeless—yet somehow, always on trend. This chic belted chocolate and white floral print on sleek silk jersey is no exception. The delicate spaghetti straps and off-the-shoulder cap sleeves create a subtly sexy neckline—perfect for my afternoon garden wedding engagement.

Well, hello there! Yes it’s bright (bright henna to be exact) and it’s bold, but this Tracy Reese “kaleidoscope” tie-front soft silk dress is also delicate and feminine too. I’ll wear this to the barn wedding where I won’t know anyone—it’s sure to generate conversation (and also sure to piss the bride off when she sees how much film the photographer dedicates to my bold choice!).


Softly gathered waists, feminine ruffles and frills, floaty fabrics, and body-conscious shapes … I’ll never wear pants again!

Thankfully we’re never limited to just one or two trends when it comes to spring dress shopping. While I find myself gravitating to the bold and vivid prints most popular this season, the Easter lass in me wants soft and pretty pastel shades too. This lovely coral silk charmeuse dress by Ellen Tracy will make me feel pretty as a flower, but sophisticated too.

Robert Rodriguez can do no wrong in my book. His designs always manage to be fashionable and feminine but wearable for the average female like me. This floaty silk organza dress is romantically styled with a cascading ruffle down the front, a flattering tie waist, and floaty skirt. So elegant.

Va-va-voom! This navy one-shoulder sheath dress by David Meister will earn its keep in my wardrobe for weddings and events for years to come. The cut is modern and figure hugging while the stunning navy shade is as classic—but more interesting—than black. Say it with me, “va-va-voom!”



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