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12 Unexpected Dress Trends For Spring 2017

Changes in temperatures ensue a change in fashion, and just like the weather, it is always unpredictable. Bell sleeves, vibrant yellows, and youthful ruffles are among the dress trends expected to dominate 2017. From mini to maxi, we pulled styles that ruled the runways and will now win over your wardrobe.

Dress to Duster

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An edgy twist on the traditional maxi—this dress doubles as a duster jacket. Wear the merlot maxi as an outerwear or accessory by leaving it open with a tank and jeans underneath. Or, remove the jeans and instantly transform the duster by buttoning it to create a maxi with crochet trim and a high-low hem. ($128;

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Photo: Free People

Cold Shoulder

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Off-the-shoulder styles have been translated into blouses, jumpsuits, and of course, dresses. The cool, clavicle-baring silhouette is expected to make appearances everywhere from Coachella to Fashion Week. Frills and ruffles make this ivory off-the-shoulder dress both romantic and sexy. Bonus: It will look incredible with your sweet summer glow. ($328;

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Photo: Anthropologie

Yellow Is the New Black

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From bright banana to spicy turmeric to soft sunshine, yellow is trending in all shades this season. Perfect for work or play, this cold-shoulder marigold dress features a scalloped hem and broderie lace detailing. Spring into warmer temps with this mid-length must-have. ($64;

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Photo: Asos

Flirty in Floral

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Expect florals with soft pastel colors this season that will offer a touch of femininity to every closet. The plunging neckline and asymmetric front slit make this so-sweet maxi a hint sexier. Romanticize your wardrobe this spring with soft pastel blossoms. ($58;

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Photo: Forever21

Rock the Ruffles

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Dresses detailed with ruffles are romantic and nostalgic. Whether they're framing the face or cascading the hips, frills and ruffles are the perfect way to sweeten any outfit. Flounce through the streets in this vintage-inspired dotted dress. Not into the girly thing? Try a structured option with a single ruffled hemline. ($68;

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Photo: Asos

Skin Is In

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Skirt and dress slits have long been a friend of fashion, but recently sleeve cutouts have found themselves rocking the runway. This spring, skin is in. Show a little yourself with this LBD. The dress details, including a tie closure, ruffled hem, and elastic waistband complete this spring staple. ($80;

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Photo: Macy's

Beloved Bell Sleeves

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Flaunt billowy sleeves this year with this bohemian-inspired silhouette. Statement sleeves are an exciting way to inject a little drama into any fashionista's wardrobe. The cinched waist and flared sleeves of this Free People dress pair perfectly with a lacey or strappy bralette underneath. ($88;

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Photo: Free People

Slip Into Sexy

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Layer a slip dress with a top underneath and you'll effortlessly add more interest. Wear it bare with a block heel for warmer days. This '90s inspired style is simple, but sexy. The delicate pink color and subtle texture make this slip dress softly luminous. ($89;

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Photo: Nordstrom

Shimmery T-Shirt Dress

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Say hello to comfort with a relaxed t-shirt dress. Made of a rose knit fabric, this loose fit crew neck t-shirt dress is stretchy with a shimmery finish. We see this paired with anything from sandals to sneakers. ($59;

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Photo: Urban Outfitters

Wrap Queen

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Wrap dresses are a favorite by many, and for good reason. Their timeless silhouette and versatility make them perfect for any occasion. Using the adjustable waist tie, this dress instantly creates an hourglass silhouette. The sheer overlay and asymmetrical hemline reveal a flirty glimpse of leg with every step. ($185;

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Photo: Nordstrom

Sexy Single Shoulder

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Printed or solid, the single-shoulder always stuns. Arrive at happy hour in this sleek LBD. This bodycon silhouette will hug you in all the right places and better yet, it features a built-in choker. Show the perfect amount of leg, arm, and shoulders with this sexy number. ($58;

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Photo: Lulus


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Symmetry is graceful and gorgeous, but there is something unique and untraditional about an asymmetric hem, silhouette, or detail. Everyone needs a neutral shift dress in their closet, and one with an asymmetric hem is certain to turn heads. Edgy and versatile, this statement-making dress is perfect for a night out. ($150;

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Photo: Revolve

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