When Springtime comes to the District and I find myself thinking of the soft pink of the Cherry Blossom petals and work attire.  Work clothes, you say?  How do you go from soft breezes along the Tidal Basin to sensible heels and blazers?  You don’t.  Spring in the DC Metro area offers up some beautiful weather that lets you explore all the best that this youthful season has to offer.

Walk the city streets of Arlington, Bethesda and Georgetown and you will see women of all shapes and sizes dressed in a gorgeous array of calf-length dresses made from beautiful linens and cottons alike.  Stripes, polka dots, tame in pattern, wild in design.  All the shifts you can imagine.  Some girls go with belts to show off their waists with these skirts and tanks while others pair a pastel or berry colored cardigan over the top.  Ballet flats and adorned sandals are a must.  It’s spring- DC style!

J.Crew’s Indie dress ($158) is a beautiful lace version of this style.  Great with wedge heels or sandals you can belt, wear it with capri’s or leave it alone.

Old Navy takes on this trend with a three-tiered Jersey dress available in Berry Sherbet, Jungle Green, Black and Warm Sunset.  It can be dressed up or down, paired with a cardigan or left alone. Either way it is a winning look.

ASOS Midi dress ($92.33) is a delightful departure from the unstructured linen shifts.  More structured and with a bit of a vintage look this striped dress has deep box pleats and a fitted waist that works well on many figures and ages.

Ballet Flats and sandals are in abundance at places like DSW, Nine West and Zappos, but what about Piperlime?  It features a large stash of shoes in all shapes and sizes.  Gold beauties like these Sinclair’s ($60) from Report work well with many outfits.

I am in love with these two-toned ballet flats ($49) from Restricted.  They polish up a look while still being fun.

Whatever style you choose this to wear this spring whether it is structured or more relaxed make it your own. Wear the outfit and don’t let the outfit wear you.