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A feminine dress is always in style, especially in Dallas, and this season there are lots of options.

Coach, Photo by Umberto Fratini

Stores are brimming with romantic frocks in colorful prints, mixed textiles, chiffon and lace. We’re talking feminine, often flowing dresses with a touch of innocence and a lot of personality.

These flattering fashions uphold a goddess trend that emerged last year, when cultural observers were quick to point out that the look represented an assertion of femininity rather than girlish submissiveness.

Tory Burch, Photo by MarcusTondo

As most woman are cramming as much as possible into every hour of every day, the dress’ greatest advantage may be that it’s one and done. Add a pair of heels or flats – your choice – and a colorful bag, and a feminine dress will take you to lunch, dinner, theater and in some cases, work, with flair.

For fall, designers have stitched them in a bevy of floral and scarf prints riotous colors and softer pastels. Top hues of the season include red, pink, bordeaux, golden yellow, cognac, cobalt and navy.

Gucci, Photo by Yannis Vlamos

Shown by Gucci, Coach, Rebecca Taylor, Free People and more, the easy, printed midi-length dress is trending strongly. Shorter printed soft frocks that swirl somewhere between the thigh and knee are also in style.

Carolina Herrera, Photo by Monica Feudi

For a dressier look, go for the more tailored silhouette that hugs the bodice and flares into a skirt, which is sometimes edged with a hemline flounce.

Kate Spade New York

For especially long- or short-waisted figures for which dresses can be a difficult fit, it’s easy to find the same looks via blouse and skirt.

With the bounteous selection of feminine dresses in store at NorthPark, it should be a snap to find ones you love.

As Oscar de la Renta once said, “Elegance is a discipline of life.”