Cute + Classy Collars

I have zero problem admitting that I often look to today’s teen stars for some major style inspiration. These little ladies include (but certainly aren’t limited to) Kiernan Shipka, Hailey Steinfeld, Elle Fanning and, of course, Chloe Grace Moretz. So when I saw Chloe sporting the most adorable Miu Miu shift dress the other day—complete with a nerdy-chic collar and beautiful sequin detailing—I immediately wanted a collared dress for myself.

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Chloe Grace Moretz in Miu Miu at the If I Stay New York premiere.

Naturally, I started my hunt for the perfect collared dress right away, where I quickly came across 12 dresses I’d love to add to my wardrobe (some budget friendly, and some a little out of my price range). Check them out:

Though the solid-hued dresses are perfect for any occasion, I’m really loving the bright, fun + eye-catching prints on the numbers from Peter Pilotto, True Decadence, Saloni and Mela Loves London—especially for the last few weeks of summer.

Do you already own some collared dresses? If not, would add one to your wardrobe?

Southern Charm

As much as I love the hustle, bustle and thrill of living in a big city, I am (and always will be) a Southern girl at heart. Sure, I don’t have a super-thick accent (most of the time) or drink gallons of sweet tea every day like I used to, but I do still love to incorporate little bits of the South and Southern living into my lifestyle and wardrobe. Yes, my wardrobe. And yesterday was the perfect day to do just that.

Throwing on one of my favorite linen dresses, a woven shoulder bag and a gold-and-pearl statement necklace, I added a little Southern charm to the mix on the warm, breezy spring day with my trusty cowboy boots and a classic pair of pearl earrings.

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To be honest, I don’t get to wear my cowboy boots nearly enough. But when I do, I always enjoy the puzzled looks I get from northerners who think I must be lost and looking for my way back to the South (or to the Midwest, at least). I also love how comfy and casual they are—the perfect way to keep a sweet, floral-print dress, delicate jewels and a color-drenched lip from going too girly.

What do you think: Would you ever incorporate Southern touches like these into your city wardrobe?

Sunday Best

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your Easter weekend was fantastic and that you were able to spend a lot of quality time with your friends, family and loved ones. We did our fair share of celebrating yesterday when we went to a wonderful brunch at our friends’ house, complete with lots of tasty treats, delicious dishes and, yes, all the mimosas I could ever wish for. The weather turned out to be positively amazing—just warm enough to enjoy a day out on the deck, but not too hot to make it uncomfortable.

I felt perfect—both for the occasion and the weather—in my ruffled-sleeve floral dress, which I paired with a bright orange belt and my favorite ankle-strap wedges. Finishing the look with a straw shoulder bag, floral earrings, a chain link bracelet and my new shorter ‘do, it was an easy spring ensemble that was colorful enough for Easter but laid-back enough for a casual get together.

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I can’t tell you how excited I am that it’s finally at the point in the season where I can wear spring dresses and skirts without having to grab a jacket or shiver the whole time I’m out and about. And if it were up to me, it’d stay exactly like this all year long.

How did you dress up for and celebrate Easter this weekend?

20 Dresses You’ll Love for Spring

I may have already picked out sandals, bags, crop tops and even home decor that’s perfect for spring, but why stop there when I can create a roundup of must-have dresses for my favorite season, too? After all, isn’t crafting a fresh, new wardrobe the best part of switching from winter to spring? (That, and not having your teeth chatter every time you step outside!)

So that’s exactly what I’ve done—scoured all my go-to sites and shops for flirty frocks, pretty printed pieces, dazzling dresses and more that would make any spring wardrobe positively shine. Check out 20 of my favorite finds:

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1. Crepe dress by Jonathan Saunders 2. Embellished dress by Topshop 3. Cactus-print dress by Matthew Williamson 4. High-neck dress by Nicole Miller 5. Printed lace dress by Collette by Collette Dinnigan 6. Tropical-print dress by Collection by John Lewis 7. Lace dress by Oasis
8. Striped dress by Karen Millen 9. Asymmetric wrap dress by Tibi 10. Shift dress by Merona 11. Sleeveless dress by Kenzo 12. Boxy dress by Hush 13. Striped peplum dress by Ganni
14. A-line dress by Ted Baker 15. Kaleidoscope-print dress by MICHAEL Michael Kors
16. Houndstooth dress by Richard Nicoll 17. Silk wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg 18. Pinafore dress by Toast 19. Striped dress by Calypso St. Barth 20. Sequined dress by Needle & Thread

I’m feeling much more adventurous when it comes to my spring style this year, so those bright hues—like the yellow Nicole Miller, the bold red Tibi and the neon green Ted Baker—are really sticking out to me. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love the subtler, muted hues, like the numbers from Jonathan Saunders, Merona and Kenzo. And you know how crazy I am about floral and tropical prints, so I’m crushing super hard on the dresses by Matthew Williamson, John Lewis and Needle & Thread. But hands down, it’s that gorgeously simple, pink houndstooth shift dress from Richard Nicoll that has me wanting to save up all my lunch money for a big spring splurge.

Which of these (and other) spring dresses are making your must-have list this season?