As dinner party conversations turn (again) to the Dow’s doldrums and anxiety about the city’s quality of life, might we suggest a little light relief in the shape of spring fashion? It might not cure your ills, but with its emphasis on feel-good pieces—elegant dresses, chic-and-casual jackets and skirts, and easy sportswear—it’s style that’s upbeat from the first to the last stitch. Quality of life, indeed. — Mark Holgate

Michael Kors shirt, $395, skirt, $345, belt and sandals, at Henri Bendel, Saks, and Michael Kors. Tod's bags, $945 and $1,350 at Tod's.

Photographed by Joshua Jordan.