Spring officially sprung Sunday, but you sure wouldn't know it from the vantage point of drab winter clearance racks crowding area department stores.
That day, I set out on a hunt for a couple of sundresses fit for an upcoming trip to Mexico. I thought this would be an easy task, and being that it is late March, I was even optimistic that there may be some sales since spring break season is wrapping up.
Much to my surprise, I only spotted a couple of decent sundress contenders hidden amid mountains of discounted coats, cardigans and scarves. It seems as though many big box retailers have little of their spring collections up and running — odd for late-March, I think.
Thankfully, came to the rescue Sunday — I went for the travel-sized toiletries, but I left with designer dresses. I would have started my shopping there, but I had all but forgotten about last week's release of Target's best-of from their five-year old GO! International designer collaboration.
The Minneapolis-based retailer is currently selling 34 of its best dresses introduced in the past five years as part of the GO! collaboration. The GO! concept launched in 2006, offering lower-priced dresses from respected and up-and-coming designers.
The collection is only available until April 10, and I would suggest you check it out sooner rather than later — and not simply because there aren't many other options around for summer dresses. In my opinion, the GO! dresses are well-structured, reasonably priced and include solid design elements that have weathered countless passing fads and trends — some of the cult classic dresses being re-released five years after their original launch.
Get them while they are here; they should stay hot.
Here are my five favorites:
This dress is bold, but not overwhelmingly bright. It's inspired by the designer's adopted hometown of Paris. Need I say more? J'adore.
This is one dress in Target's re-release that may do better than in its original season. The Zac Posen number is spot-on trend for 2011. The flirty details on the keyhole back and ruffled sleeves are very "now" and the color is a beautiful interpretation of Pantone's color of the year, Honeysuckle.
I'm a proud owner of this retro chic dress that I picked up during its original release. It's taken me from day (paired with pink cardigan) to night (with its scoop back and exposed gold zipper, worn with strappy metallic heals) time and time again, year after year. The bright floral print would do well at an Easter brunch.
OK, I am obsessed with chiffon, polka dots, black-and-white combos and dresses with sleeves ... So, I may be a little biased here. Regardless, this dress is just plain pretty with its modern meets classic elements. Wear with a belt for more shape or to add color.
Lace is big this year, and this is another dress that can be worn well in several ways — with a cardigan and pearls for the casual workplace, or with a skinny belt, long necklace and heals for a night out.