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Spring Trend Alert: Four Dresses You'll Want To Wear All Season

So what if it's not actually spring yet? Right now is the ideal time of the season to buy the best new spring dresses. For one thing, they're still in stock. For another, after all that winter-appropriate black, bright colors and lighter fabrics feel just perfect. We polled our favorite New York City boutiques to get their top picks for the upcoming season.

1. The Hasley From BB Dakota:"People are starved for color," says Ann French Emonts, owner of Greenwich Village boutique Darling. "I'm seeing loads of bright, solid colors in silk, especially green--jade green, kelly green, hunter green. And I still see a strong interest in the Mad Men look--whether a [size] 2 or a 10, people really love what I call the Peggy or Betty silhouette, which is fitted on top and goes into a pleated or full skirt. My favorite is the Hasley from BB Dakota ($110)." Darling, 1 Horatio St., 212-367-3750, darlingnyc.com

2. Rag & Bone's Lafone Dress at OTTE: Sophia Hyacinthe's top pick is Rag & Bone's powerhouse "Lafone" beige-and-black dress, which is part of the shop's Runway Wishlist collection. "This dress has three trends in one," says Hyacinthe. "It's sheer, which feels right for spring because it has a sweet and airy feel to it. Underwear-as-outerwear is another big trend for spring--here you can see that the top has a very bra-like look to it. And the strategic color block emphasizes and minimizes all the right things." The dress is $625 and will be available at Otte in mid-March. Otte, 121 Greenwich Ave., 212-229-9424, otteny.com; plus other locations

3. Surface To Air's Ranch Dress: At Dear Fieldbinder on Smith Street, the winner is Surface To Air's Ranch dress ($240). ("In '70s blue," owner Lara Fieldbinder specifies.) "It has the longer length we're all craving, and the allover seaming turns the typical denim dress on its head," she says. Dear Fieldbinder, 198 Smith St., Brooklyn, 718-852-3620, dearfieldbinder.com

4. Christian Wijnants Dress: "We love this wonderful digital-print dress ($406) by the young Belgian designer," says Lydia Rodrigues, manager of Project No. 8. "It's an easy, everyday piece that would be fabulous for a day at the beach or paired with our great Margiela brown oxfords for a running-around-the-city look." Project No. 8, 138 Division St., 212-925-5599

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