To put some “spring” into your step for the season’s longer days, take a peek at the must-have dresses for spring 2012. We’ve found our picks for every budget. By Krissy Dolor.

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Pleated dresses are all the rage this season, and you’re sure to turn heads in this bright, cloverleaf hue. Lightweight with a gathered elastic band, you’ll feel light as a feature. Make it your own and accessorize with a belt. (Eva Satin Dress, $169).

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Contemporary designer Jason Wu made a splash with his Target collection, and for good reason. Head to a store near you and try to snag one of his limited-edition dresses, like this flared black dress that comes with a nude belt. After all, a woman can’t have too many LBDs in her closet. (Flared Dress in Black with Nude Belt, $59.99 online, prices vary by store)

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Who cares if it’s before Memorial Day? Step out in bold white – with or without a bronzed glow. This structured piece is perfect for transitioning into the summer months and is an easy way to get noticed on the NYC streets. (Felipe, $89.99)

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When there’s still a bit of a chill in the air, choose a long sleeve dress, like this silk one in cotton poplin from Marni at H&M. With two different prints in the front and back, you’ll never get bored of this fun, asymmetrical frock. Since it’s short, pair it with boots. (Marni, $99)

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If you’re particular to longer lengths, try on a maxi dress for size. Florals were all over the runway last fall, and these blossoms will ensure you fit right in with the scenery – if you’re in a park, of course. (Garden Party Lace Maxi, £55)

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Otte NY is one of our favorite New York City boutiques, and they have tons of spring trends in stock, like bright pink dresses. Check out this ribber dress from the McQ Alexander McQueen. It might be a splurge, but you’ll want to wear it enough to make it worth the price. (Ribbed Racer Dress, $365)

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