There's an unspoken rule that it's perfectly acceptable to start expecting spring-like weather once March hits. The fact that the season technically doesn't start until the end of the month is mere semantics. So despite the fact that my weather app is warning me that it's not quite yet time to hang up my coat, I'm busy daydreaming about all of the spring dresses we're about to see.
Living in New York, it's not uncommon to witness the entire city in leg-bearing looks the minute the weather starts to turn. With hopes of manifesting that time to come sooner rather than later, I'm calling out the eight spring dress trends I'm predicting will be rampant within the new few weeks. With spring arrivals just hitting stores, we're finally starting to see the trickle-down effect from the prints and silhouettes we spotted during the S/S 20 fashion month in the flesh. Without further ado, ahead are the spring dresses you can expect to see every New Yorker wearing by next month. Note that the style-setters below aren't all New Yorkers, but they're showcasing the dress styles NYC girls will most likely wear.
The Return of the Baby-Doll Dress
I've never been much of a fan of the term "baby-doll" dress, but I can't deny that the silhouette tends to resemble its moniker's origin. The dress's comeback, though, is it a bit more grown-up than its predecessors. The new iterations are made up of tiered skirts, satin finishes, and other novel details that keep the A-line dress from appearing too juvenile
Tasteful cutouts are key this spring. As opposed to the open-back trend we've seen throughout the last few summers, these cutouts can be found in unexpected areas like your hips or along your entire side profile. It may be time to start investing in a few nontraditional bra and underwear cuts to pull these styles off.
Vintage Wallpaper Prints
We wouldn't be surprised if this trend starts to permeate the homeware space, too. It's about time we start to re-embrace the late '60s/early '70s trends we've long been averse to. Okay, the questionable wood-paneled walls can go, but the psychedelic wallpaper-like prints can definitely stay.
Vivid-exotic florals, larger-than-life monstera leaves, even bananas—tropical flora and fauna make up one of this season's most prevalent prints. No need to save a tropical printed dress for your next vacation. This resort-casual look is now street style approved.
Nowadays you'd be hard-pressed to find a single "color" of the season. There's rarely just one. But one common denominator some of this season's most prominent colors do share is their luminosity. Expect to see plenty of attention-grabbing neons in every color of the rainbow.
A black leather dress will work in a pinch, but try to expand your style horizon with spring's more playful takes on the material. Leather dresses are now available in a range of shades from earthy tones to bold and bright colors.