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Where'd You Get That Dress?

A fine frock for every occasion.

  • Lazy Sunday

  • Teddy

    226 Columbus Ave., nr. 70th St.; 212-875-0500

    The newest outpost of this local chainlet (joining the Cobble Hill and Park Slope shops) is dependable for park- or beach-ready maxi, T-shirt, and tank dresses for $100 or less. Browse comfy shapes from BB Dakota, Blue Bird, and Plum, as well as the in-house label.

  • Brunch

  • Joie

    1196 Madison Ave., nr. 87th St.; 212-837-2220

    The French label brings a slew of chic throw-on-and-go frocks to its U.S. flagship. The lower-priced Soft line offers shifts and jersey maxi dresses (from $120), while the main line’s breezy silks and chiffons are sweet but still grown-up (from $200).

  • Office

  • Annelore

    18 Jay St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-775-0077

    Designer Juliana Cho has a knack for making her dress-wearers look effortlessly put together. Her genius is combining luxurious fabrics—a citrus-colored brocade for spring, say—and flattering silhouettes, whether a demure shirtdress or a swingy style (from $525).

  • Cocktail Party

  • Tucker

    355 W. Broadway, nr. Broome St.; 212-938-0811

    At designer Gaby Basora’s recently opened Soho spot, the statement patterns for which she is known are splashed across new styles both sophisticated and slinky, along with small-batch revivals from the archives and one-off designs (from $300).

  • Friend's Wedding

  • Z Spoke

    875 Washington St., nr. 14th St.; 212-691-1926

    Zac Posen’s offshoot excels in dresses that are elegant yet unstuffy (from $425). Though the line is lower priced than his primary label, Posen doesn’t skimp on his signature shape-flattering details, from seamed bodices to tastefully plunging necklines.

From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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