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Fashion: Sarah Stright-Hartley

May 7, 2014

Sarah Stright-Hartley: Spring dresses deliver style, versatility

NEW CASTLE — Nothing says spring like bare legs! (Except, of course, the sun and the calendar.)

After the dreary winter we've had, I'm sure there are several of you who were excited to go outside wearing a dress and NO TIGHTS. Spring dresses are always so much fun because they're one of the easiest pieces to dress up or down and there are so many great styles that work on just about anyone. To the right I've picked a few such dresses to wear in three different situations.

Professional — The classic wrap dress is universally flattering. The tie wraps around the smallest part of your body to make the dress figure flattering. For work, wear a dress like this in a bold shade for spring. If your office is more conservative, consider pairing it with a floral blazer to add a fun detail. Keep your shoes and bag neutral and your accessories simple.

Casual — The T-shirt dress is the holy grail of comfort. Essentially you're wearing what you wore to sleep in as a child — your dad's oversized T-shirt — but it's become acceptable if done the right way! These cotton dresses are perfect for the daytime warmth of spring and can be worn with tennis shoes or sandals. Or wear them at night with heels to dress them up. Just don't wear them with slippers and you'll look like you belong in society, not a pajama party.

Dressy — I love a sleeveless, button down dress. I think they're great for work and they're especially great for date night. If the straight up and down shape isn't right for you, consider belting it at your natural waist line to show off your shape. If you're wearing it out on a date, bold accessories and shoes are perfect for this dress since it's a classic style. Black booties with a great zipper detail, a bold cuff, and a metal detailed clutch give you great edge. Don't forget the red lipstick!

What are your favorite types of spring dresses?

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