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Trend Alert: NYC’s Fashion Elite Are Living In These Stylish Day Dresses For Spring

Looking for stylish day dresses to elevate your closet for spring? New York’s fashion elite have all the inspo you could ever need. From influencers and fashion week’s front-row regulars to actual A-list celebrities, the streets of Manhattan are basically a lookbook of the season’s most sought-after trends at this point. With that in mind, I’ve taken to scrolling through thousands of street-style pics. All to create an edit inclusive of all the best new dress styles NY’s most stylish residents are wearing right now. So, shop my top day dress picks below and feel like fashion royalty every time you step out of the house this spring…

A woman in an AGUA BY AGUA BENDITA Lima Printed Cotton Mini Dress stands in a hallway with green walls, wooden doors, and a table with a vase of red flowers. She looks away from the camera.

Agua Bendita

A woman in a stylish LOVESHACKFANCY Manuela Dress stands by an open glass door at a flower shop, with bouquets of flowers visible behind her. She has long, wavy hair and is wearing strappy sandals.

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Stylish Day Dresses That Work Seamlessly From Day To Night

Maybe you’re living in NYC, perhaps you’re just swooning over the stylish day dresses of the lucky ones who do. Either way, I have your spring day-to-night looks covered. Firstly, I’m taking inspiration from the throw-on-and-go vibes of Upper East Side style icons. How? I’m adding the Manuela dress by Love Shack Fancy to my lineup before it inevitably sells out. The ideal daylight soiree dress, pair it with heels and a cute shoulder bag for best dresses guest status at any event. For example, I recommend the Bari 101mm metallic leather sandals by Schutz and the micro bow bouclé tote by Self Portrait for your next event.

Meanwhile, I consider the Lima mini dress by Agua Bendita a must-have for spring and summer plans. Firstly, this dress works perfectly with chunky knitwear and chic flats for brunch dates and spring strolls around your favorite park. Secondly, when day plans change to evening ones and you want to style it up, simply add a pair of strappy heels to transform your outfit. For the former, I recommend pairing this eternally pretty dress with the versatile small leather handbag by Prada. Lastly, subtly highlight the hardware on your bag and elevate the blue in your dress with the gold Izzie knotted leather sandals by Loeffler Randall.

Shop more Stylish Day Dresses selected and reviewed by our expert fashion buyers and stylists

  • BARDOT Vibrant Midi Dress

    $179
  • BARDOT Sorella Ramie Mini Dress

    $129
  • MISA Fiorella Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress

    $410
  • DRESS THE POPULATION Monica Sleeveless Tiered Dress

    $748
  • MAEVE Linen Edition The Colette Midi Dress

    $178
  • ULLA JOHNSON Eden Shirred Gathered Printed Cotton-blend Midi Dress

    $490
  • STELLA MCCARTNEY Net Sustain Organic Denim Midi Dress

    $1,190
  • PROENZA SCHOULER Ella Printed Cady Midi Dress

    $1,190
  • REFORMATION Tagliatelle Stripe Linen Midi Sundress

    $278
  • CINQ À SEPT Maude Braid Detail Cotton Midi Dress

    $465
  • MATTEAU Shirred Cotton Midi Dress

    $400
  • SELF-PORTRAIT Bead-embellished Mini Dress

    $420
  • AJE Fallingwater Ruched Midi Dress

    $595
  • LUXELY Theo Drape Midi Dress

    $188
  • MAC DUGGAL Sleeveless V-Neck Mesh Midi Dress

    $498
  • Adoni Sleeveless Mesh Midi Dress

    $119
  • FAITHFULL THE BRAND Camera Midi Dress

    $209
  • DVF Polina Cotton Dress

    $538
  • DVF Erica Cotton Dress

    $518
  • AGUA BENDITA Lima Mini Dress

    $600
  • LOVESHACKFANCY Manuela Dress

    $595
  • PAIGE Samosa Dress

    $279
  • PETAL & PUP Lino Embroidered Tie Strap Cotton Sundress

    $89
  • LOVESHACKFANCY Azalea Maxi Dress

    $695

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A woman stands confidently outdoors against a textured stone wall, wearing a Trend Alert: NYC's Fashion Elite Are Living In These Stylish Day Dresses For Spring AJE Fallingwater Ruched Midi Dress with voluminous sleeves and detailed stitching, paired with black strappy heels.

AJE

A woman in a ULLA JOHNSON Eden Shirred Gathered Printed Cotton-blend Midi Dress walks across a room with vertical bamboo-like wall decor and a wavy patterned floor, wearing black strappy heels.

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