Spring Dress Hunt: 4 Trends to Follow

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Spring Dress Hunt: 4 Trends to Follow
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Spring is perhaps one of the most exciting seasons especially when it comes to trends for dresses -- floral designs, the shirt dress, different styles of lace, and pastels. With such a garden variety of fun and inviting trends, it’s hard to decide which of these fresh picks will work best for you. Don’t worry, we found some stylish celebrities (from their 20s to their 60s) who will help you crack open these spring trends so you can dress up your wardrobe.

Fun in Floral
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Fun in Floral

With spring in bloom, floral prints popped up on the runway and red carpet. Women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even their 60s express their inner “flower child” in bold patterns that are the hallmark of the season. If you're ready to join in on the garden party, choose prints in shades you love and don’t forget to keep your shoes and jewelry simple. For women in their 20s and 30s, wear a smaller floral print to accentuate your frame. And, for you stylish 40-plus out there, think loud and proud! Try big flowers and light outerwear for a clean and crisp look.

Gleeful over Florals
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Gleeful over Florals

Dianna Agron, of “Glee” fame, is wearing a beautiful, sheer maxi dress that hangs delicately on her petite frame. The V-neck and sheerness of the fabric are the perfect blend because the dress doesn’t overwhelm her frame or look too formal. Agron nailed this outfit by keeping her makeup light and wearing minimal jewelry. If you want to get this look, make sure you let the dress do the talking. This ensemble is a fun option since it gives a hint of elegance without being over the top for 20-somethings.

Fun & Flirty at 30
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Fun & Flirty at 30

Zoe Saldana embodies the ultimate femme fatale in this lovely, mixed floral mini-dress. The mid-length sleeves are a perfect addition to this outfit since it gives warm coverage to the arms, without making the dress too conservative. For all you fab 30-somethings, mimic this flirty piece by making sure your mini-dress is styled with soft-colored heels, such as nude, taupe, or white.

Floral Madness
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Floral Madness

The best thing about the floral trend is the variety of flowers that are represented on the fabrics. While young women should opt for smaller floral prints, the mature women should focus their attention on the big picture: namely, bolder and brighter prints. Opt for a floral maxi dress and pair it with a light jacket, like Laura Dern’s outfit. This ensemble is age appropriate and tasteful -- a perfect combo for a spring celebration.

Floral Gone Retro
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Floral Gone Retro

The fountain of youth lies in a gorgeous floral print for spring. Get snaps for style by opting for a knee-length dress with a bold floral print and a chic knit cardigan to show off your figure. If you want to take a more retro approach for your springtime festivities, copy Dame Mirren’s look. The retro silhouette of this floral dress, plus the peep toe shoes make for a mod combination.

The Comeback of the Shirt Dress
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The Comeback of the Shirt Dress

The shirt dress is back! Except this time it came back in lavish fabrics from silk and lace, to chiffon. To find a flattering shirt dress for your figure, look for an outfit that is structured and well-tailored. If that option isn’t available, search for a thin belt to complement the ensemble. While the shirt dress is a tailored favorite of many women, it can mask your figure if it doesn’t fit well. Make sure to find one that is snug around your arms and waist and free flowing around the hips and thighs.

Staying Laidback and Cool
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Staying Laidback and Cool

The military-inspired shirt dress is tastefully appropriate for the 20-somethings out there. It’s the perfect blend of maturity and youthfulness in one packaged dress—what’s better than that? How about some bright color in your accessories! While Alexa Chung looks chic and comfortable, opt out of neutral jewelry for some colorful accessories to liven up the outfit! If you’re going to an spring celebration, throw in some colorful chunky jewelry or a vibrant pair of shoes to add some energy to the outfit.

Tailored with a Feminine Touch
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Tailored with a Feminine Touch

Ali Larter is the epitome of spring beauty in her white lace shirt dress. Not only is this the perfect combination of tailoring with a feminine touch, the dress also flatters her figure in all the right spots. Don’t be afraid to pick a shirt dress with a prominent collar and cuffed sleeves, especially if it’s in a delicate fabric (such as chiffon, lace, or silk). Even though this outfit has the basic black and white colors, the embellished ankle-strap peep toe shoes add originality to the outfit.

The Versatile Shirt Dress
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The Versatile Shirt Dress

Celebrate spring by choosing a youthful look for your shirt dress: The baby doll. Kelly Bensimon wears a baby doll shirt dress in a paprika red that demands attention. This dress is versatile because it’s a year-round piece. Pair it with opaque tights during the winter time and for the warmer seasons, you can substitute the tights for a bare legs, sandals and a statement clutch.

A Dash of Dazzle
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A Dash of Dazzle

The queen of couture and editor-in-chief of "Vogue," Anna Wintour, graces Paris’ streets in this eclectic A-lined shirt dress. She blends the eccentricity of the pattern with the sophistication of the seams in this collar-less graphic print dress. Her multi-colored bib necklace and strappy nude heels look fresh. Find ways to throw in detailed pieces like these to keep the look glamorous and age-appropriate edgy.

Frolicking in Lace
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Frolicking in Lace

When spring rolls around, lace is a romantic fabric that can be worn on a variety of occasions. This year there’s a twist to the trend; instead of the typical white short lace dress, designers, like Valentino, have extended the hemline to below the knee for a nostalgic 1960s look. They’ve also started experimenting with various colors to create the perfect stand out outfit.

Show Grace in Lace
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Show Grace in Lace

Kate Bosworth dons a beautiful and elegant sage green lace dress with a leather belt to accentuate her waist and tiny frame. The shirred detail in the bottom half of the dress gives a feminine touch and texture to the outfit. For those in their 20s, be daring and swap your white lace dress for one in color with mid-length sleeves.

Red Lace: From Day to Night
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Red Lace: From Day to Night

Like Kate Bosworth, Claire Danes looks youthful in a colored lace dress. The larger lace print and structure of the dress make this an ideal day to night outfit. Danes looks chic in this A-line silhouette. If you can, find an A-line for yourself -- it flatters many body types, for any age, so try this timeless and classic piece!

A Spring Classic
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A Spring Classic

Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett nails her roles as a movie star and fashionista. Here, she goes for a retro mod print that is designed with a sheer mesh fabric -- all pulled together with pleats. That’s right ladies, pleats are so spring! When looking for your own white lace dress, search for one with pleats on the bottom half to create a retro look. To be age appropriate like Blanchett, make sure the mesh detailing of the dress does not over expose you. Finish the outfit off with white (or any color for that matter) pumps to create a timeless look.

A Twist to Tradition
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A Twist to Tradition

Like Blanchett, Andie MacDowell chose to wear a classic white lace for spring. MacDowell’s form-fitting dress has a traditional lace design, which gives it an antique touch, while its still modern because it's hemmed above the knee. Mimic her look by choosing a dress with sheer sleeves. The long sleeves and shorter hemline make the dress youthful and timeless, and who could pass that up?

Pretty in Pastel
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Pretty in Pastel

Every fashionista knows that spring is synonymous with pastels. The softness and sheer elegance make it a crowd favorite. From soft pink to delicate purple, the beautiful hues of pastel colors are endless. The best thing about this trend is that women from various age groups can wear the same color since the richness complements any, and all, skin tones and hair colors.

Pleasingly Peach
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Pleasingly Peach

America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift looks simply radiant in this peach pastel dress. This dress has all of the spring essentials: pastels, pleats, and light fabric. The chiffon and the crisscrossed design makes the piece subtly daring. Want to mimic this for your spring time party? Choose a soft pastel color and a dress with a shorter hemline to create a sweet and youthful look.

Beloved in Baby Blue
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Beloved in Baby Blue

Rachel McAdams, a favored fashionista by many, donned baby blue dress that was like a breath of fresh spring air at "The Vow" premiere. The beauty of this dress is its simplicity. While it is not ornate, the softness of the color is enhanced by its draping. If you're ready to rock your inner Grecian goddess this spring, pick an elegant jewelry option (such as her sparkly bracelet and necklace) and pair it with a bold eye or lip.

Smart Move with Mint Green
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Smart Move with Mint Green

Amy Smart looks refined in her mint green gown. While your most celebrations may not require formal attire, take a closer look at Smart’s styling so you can apply these tips to your own, more casual ensembles. Like McAdams, Smart lets the richness of the color make the fashion statement, rather than going overboard with hair and makeup styling.

A Dusty Coral Evening
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A Dusty Coral Evening

Julianne Moore may be in her 50s, but she doesn’t look it! By wearing a dusty rose-colored dress that cinches at her waist, she looks sophisticated and sweet. The asymmetrical drapery adds extra flair to this fun dress. You can find many options for this dress in jersey, silk or a cotton blend. Pull the waist up or down to flatter your waistline.

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