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Romance inspired frocks and garments for the easygoing days of spring.

There’s a certain romance to springtime in Atlanta. Maybe it’s because nothing beats those first feels-like-summer days of wearing sandals and sundresses. Or maybe it’s that, as Southerners, we’re well aware of the August humidity to come and celebrate the chance to don heightened hemlines and bare arms without melting. Whatever it is, spring’s fleeting visit, lightness and vibrancy lure us all before the thick Georgia summer sets in. Stylist Abbie Koopote curated six dreamy springtime looks as charming and fresh as the season itself. For 2016, expect big statement factors to include casual, relaxed silhouettes; sheer lingerie-inspired and embroidered pieces; nautical details such as toggles and rope; wand ruffles that are more slouchy than cutesy. Beneath the shade canopy of the Atlanta History Center’s opulent 1930s Swan House, we captured springtime fashion in a fresh, airy essence. Here are Koopote’s favorite romantic looks for spring.



Shed layers for a flurry of sheer, airy frocks that show a hint of skin. With these sophisticated see-through silhouettes, you can easily elevate both dresses’ casual-cool, as sheer is easy to dress down or up. Koopote found these two looks by San Francisco-based For Love & Lemons that fit the bill. Both are on-trend yet still silver-screen classic. “For spring this year, a lot of designers’ collections revolved around a romantic Victorian feel,” Koopote says. “Designers like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Gucci and Zimmermann are embracing femininity.” Betwixt custom-made lace with strategically placed embroidery, the floral-patterned Desert Nights Maxi frock (left) is fit for a bohemian starlet. Similarly, the rose-hued Sierra Maxi Dress (right), an elegant show-stopping gown with sheer panels and embroidered flowers, beckons spring evening formality.

For Love & Lemons Desert Nights Maxi Dress, $365; Sierra Maxi Dress, $334; available at Polished & Primped



Flirty, versatile rompers aren’t going anywhere: Neiman Marcus offers an array of options, such as this crisp white look in lace. Flaunt your legs, and while you’re pattern-free, amp up the style by putting the spotlight on your accessories, such as platforms or statement earrings.

Alexis White Romper, $495; available at Neiman Marcus



Transition into playful, airy spring evenings with ladylike, pretty lace. A slinky slip dress in a bright red hue is a feminine piece that can be formal or made vacation-ready casual with sandals. The For Love & Lemons dress is romantic and flowy, again echoing that 1970s style cue. Pair with a crossbody bag to play it down, or dress it up with a clutch.

For Love & Lemons Mariposa Red Dress, $266; available at Polished & Primped



Channel the ’70s with this navy and white combo: high-waisted trousers and wispy chiffon blouse, cinched in the front with a flouncy bow. Platform suede heels adorned with tassels and decorative knots transport us back in time, too. Next, a billowy crochet dress is casual enough for a garden party and formal enough for a bride-to-be at her rehearsal dinner. Details such as (more) suede tassels, gold accents and bold earrings are a smart way to complete the look.

Elizabeth and James Navy Top, $295, and White Persil Trouser, $345; Self-Portrait White Dress, $540; Austin Plateau heels in Ink Suede and Vintage Pink, $775; available at Neiman Marcus

Avindy Layered Charms, $340; Gold Pendant, $376; Earrings, both $88; available at River Mint


Neiman Marcus
3393 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, 30326
Polished & Primped
River Mint
2339 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, 30305

STORY: Ashlyn S. Carter
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna
STYLING: Abbie Koopote
HAIR AND MAKEUP: Nyssa Green, The Green Room Agency
MODELS: Alissandra Diaz and Kelley Swanson, Salt Model & Talent

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