SPRING FASHION Dress Code Whether you go long, short, vivid, neutral, soft, or loud, it’s all about the dress this season. 1/4/2009 at 4:00am Image: Olùgbènrò Ogunsemore Floral prints aren’t just for grandma anymore. Whether graphic and loud or soft and organic, modern blooms look fresh and just-picked, especially with slick patent leather and vividly colored tights. Image: Olùgbènrò Ogunsemore The most ladylike take on menswear is the ultraelegant shirtdress. Hot metallics go soft for spring; pair them with peachy neutrals and sherbet shades. Image: Olùgbènrò Ogunsemore The new slim-fitting and structured, body-conscious silhouettes make the two of you a formal team. Image: Olùgbènrò Ogunsemore Painterly prints with colors that artfully bleed from one hue to the next are making a real splash—even shoes and cosmetics exhibit this brushstroke of genius. Image: Olùgbènrò Ogunsemore Designers went all out for snazzy shades of brilliant berry, and they didn’t reserve them for their women’s lines. See also: the floral trend. It was made for her and him. Image: Olùgbènrò Ogunsemore Floor-length dresses are back in a big way—all day. Go the distance in bold daytime prints and easy shapes, and balance the flow with the sandals of the season: delicate T-thongs. Image: Olùgbènrò Ogunsemore What’s better than baring it all? Shouldering the weight on one side and calculating this elegantly architectural equation: asymmetrical neckline plus rows and rows of ruffles. Image: Olùgbènrò Ogunsemore This article appeared in the April 2008 issue of Seattle Met. Filed under Features Sign up for our newsletters! Get the goods on fashion and shopping. Seattle Met's style editor spots the trends and reports on the hottest sales, bargains, and more.