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Ashley Parker spent four years in DC, writing and styling for the fashion section of the Washington Post, and its sister style publication, Fashion Washington. She now calls New York her home as a writer, editor and lover of all things style who recently started working for Vanity Fair. Living in the city's West Village, Ashley will be on hand to report on all the newest trends in fashion, how to wear them, new designers and lines to look out for. She will be your eyes and ears at New York Fashion Week, reporting who's in the front row, what designer killed it and just how crazy the after-parties got. As a Carrie-Bradshaw idolizer who lives in Louboutins, Ashley is ready to tackle New York City, one fashion show at a time. Her favorite designers include Betsey Johnson, Christian Siriano, Alexander McQueen and Balmain and wouldn't be caught dead in harem pants or anything by Ed Hardy.

Must-Have Dresses For Spring 2013

Stow away your heavy sweaters and pack up the wool pants, spring has officially sprung which means it’s time to dress yourself up and embrace the warm weather. From pleated maxis to floral minis, check out these eight fabulous dresses for any occasion this season including a Mad Men era inspired frock, a sexy snakeskin date night option and an anything but boring black tie formal gown that will save you big bucks.

Betsey Johnson

Tutti Fruitti

Sundresses reign supreme in the spring season and this flirty fruit print cotton number by Betsey Johnson is the perfect way to incorporate some retro flair into your wardrobe. Never underestimate the power of a peplum. The oh-so flattering trend is here to stay and with this dress’ heart shaped cut-out detail in the back, the playful piece is hands down one of our favorites.

$98; betseyjohnson.com

Line and Dot

Trapeze Artist

As a rule for spring, you must invest in at least one maxi dress. They are so fresh and so versatile, especially in a striking solid color. We are loving the 70s inspired long trapeze halters that are big this season, particularly  this accordion pleated frock from Line and Dot. Dress up the emerald floor skimmer with strappy gold sandals and statement earrings for a special nighttime occasion or slip on some tall flat gladiators and chunky bangles for an afternoon outing.

$119; piperlime.com

alice_and_olivia

White Swan

Alice and Olivia’s whimsical feathery mini dress is so sweet and demure but with a flirty twist thanks to the hiked hemline and peek-a-boo lace back. It’s already been worn on the red carpet by several  young Hollywood stars such as Holland Roden and AnnaSophia Robb. But to balance out the ultra girly style and keep it age appropriate, pair it with edgier shoes like black studded strappy sandals or snakeskin pumps.

$997; aliceandolvia.com

 

Leather

Veg Out

Leather is typically reserved for fall and winter but the trend just won’t seem to settle down this spring (Kim Kardashian can’t even give up her love for leather despite being six months pregnant!). Leather can actually be chic anytime of the year and this super cool mini dress by Eight Sixty is the perfect example of how to rock the trend in the warmer weather. The light cotton floral print bottom balances out the tough girl top for a hip mix-and-match look. Best part of all, the leather is 100% vegan friendly.

$99; piperlime.com

fredflareArtistic Streak

Brighten up your spring wardrobe with this painterly print cocktail dress. The rainbow watercolor motif pairs perfect on top of the sassy swing circle skirt and scope back detail for an unexpected eye-catcher. The black piping adds a sporty element so build your accessory stories around that. Think thick black ankle strap sandals and a coordinating black clutch.

$48; fredflare.com

Kate SpadeFrench Twist

If Betty Draper took a trip to Paris, we are pretty sure she would wear something along the lines of this adorable Kate Spade dress. It features a lady-like silhouette, with a full skirt and high neck that screams 60’s chic while, the Parisian inspired stripes are timeless with a touch of a nautical influence.  It’s ideal for your upcoming Mother’s Day brunch plans. Cute enough for you, classic enough for mom to approve. Don’t forget the red lipstick.

$488; katespade.com

adolfo

In The Nude 

For a hot date night, ditch your favorite winter LBD for a chic spring LND- little nude dress that is. This simplistic style from California based designer Adolfo Sanchez is so alluring with its clean lines and neutral color and the touch of exotic snakeskin that oozes sex appeal. But when taking the plunge- literally- make sure you stock up wisely on double stick tape to avoid any embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions.

$520; adolfosanchez.com

bibhu-mohapatra

Spring weddings are always a blast until that one dreaded “black tie formal” invite comes in the mail, sending you into a fashion panic. When a cute little sundress won’t do,  bring out the big guns in this exquisitely beautiful strapless gown by Indian-American designer  Bibhu Mohapatra. With it’s intricate lace body and sweeping rose chiffon, it retails for a staggering $4,200. Luckily Rent The Runway has it on loan for a fraction of the cost, so you don’t have to go out and spend three months rent on a gown you’d probably never wear again.

$400 for a four day rental; renttherunway

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