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Spring is here and that means that spring (and soon to be summer) weddings are too -- as well as commencement season! I love all the pomp & circumstance that comes with these events but even more so I adore any opportunity to put on a frilly girly dress (any reason really). One of my residents asked me for some dress recommendations so I thought it would make a perfect post! Plus I just recently attended a gorgeous Santa Barbara wedding in this amazing Black Halo dress that is share worthy for sure.  So here are a few of my favorite dresses -- with lots of feminine lace & floral -- from my favorite designers -- all available now! Happy celebrating, Modas! 

 

 The closest version of my dress is this (on sale!)  Takim Cocktail dress ! I love the fabric, the floral pattern, & the metallic sheen! plus this hi-lo skirt is super fun. 

The closest version of my dress is this (on sale!) Takim Cocktail dress! I love the fabric, the floral pattern, & the metallic sheen! plus this hi-lo skirt is super fun. 

 You can never go wrong with a Jackie-O --  floral , solid,  jumpsuit  -- I think everyone should own one of these! Plus Meghan Markle was just spotted in one--

You can never go wrong with a Jackie-O -- floral, solid, jumpsuit -- I think everyone should own one of these! Plus Meghan Markle was just spotted in one--

 Rachel Pally makes an insane maxi dress. I want to wear  this  somewhere tropical with or without an event!

Rachel Pally makes an insane maxi dress. I want to wear this somewhere tropical with or without an event!

 Love a floral maxi but want to stay on budget!? I hear you - try t his pretty frock !

Love a floral maxi but want to stay on budget!? I hear you - try this pretty frock!

 I love pretty much all things Ted Baker and especially this  sweet cotton dress .

I love pretty much all things Ted Baker and especially this sweet cotton dress.

 TheOutnet is a great place to online browse -- the sales are amazing but generally on high-end pieces so sometimes still a splurge. This  Sachin & Babi chiffon dress  may well be worth it!

TheOutnet is a great place to online browse -- the sales are amazing but generally on high-end pieces so sometimes still a splurge. This Sachin & Babi chiffon dress may well be worth it!

 While you're browsing, check out this  lovely lace Self-Portrait Gown  (the lace on Self-Portrait is THE BEST!)

While you're browsing, check out this lovely lace Self-Portrait Gown (the lace on Self-Portrait is THE BEST!)

 Feeling bold? this  Faith Lilli (previously Stella & Jamie) dress  is gorg! But I am surely not edgy enough to wear it with socks. Try a strappy stiletto instead--

Feeling bold? this Faith Lilli (previously Stella & Jamie) dress is gorg! But I am surely not edgy enough to wear it with socks. Try a strappy stiletto instead--

 Karen Zambos does a mean dress always with a sweet vintage vibe. The  Tara dress  is on sale for $79 (amazing!) and I am ok with the little peek of skin 

Karen Zambos does a mean dress always with a sweet vintage vibe. The Tara dress is on sale for $79 (amazing!) and I am ok with the little peek of skin 

 Finally, one of my go-to brands for amazing cocktail dresses is Chiari Boni Petite Robe. I was turned on to this brand by Dr. Joan O'brien (y'all know how fashionable she is!). They are effortlessly elegant and you can wear these over and over again (follow Joan and throw a blazer on top for business!)...but they can also be a splurge. I love the sweet fabric rose detail on  this one  (still a splurge on sale). A good online search can find some steals in your size. Added plus? the fabric is slimming and won't wrinkle so it is ideal for travel--

Finally, one of my go-to brands for amazing cocktail dresses is Chiari Boni Petite Robe. I was turned on to this brand by Dr. Joan O'brien (y'all know how fashionable she is!). They are effortlessly elegant and you can wear these over and over again (follow Joan and throw a blazer on top for business!)...but they can also be a splurge. I love the sweet fabric rose detail on this one (still a splurge on sale). A good online search can find some steals in your size. Added plus? the fabric is slimming and won't wrinkle so it is ideal for travel--

Hope these ideas helped -- and send me pics of you in your dresses. And as always, send me questions! My favorite posts are when I am answering one of you! 

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