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So what if it's not actually spring yet? Right now is the best 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 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 Wish List 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
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