"Colorblocking" is still a huge trend this season, and it's an easy way to brighten up your wardrobe with some bold spring colors. I was especially inspired by this striped dress, one of my favorite from Heidi Merrick's spring 2012 line. But, if $440 is too pricey for you, I've found a couple of cute alternatives that will give you the same look for less.
Check out Madewell's darling silk sleeveless colorblock shift dress, on sale for $120.
I love the kelly green in this Matty M. version ($128 at Lord & Taylor)
If you're a pink person, Asos has a simple option for just $64.
Here's another short sleeve version that has a bit of a nautical feel. ($158 at Nordstrom)
These dresses would all be great spring investments, you can easily wear them for a casual afternoon out with flat sandals and maybe a hat (like in the Heidi Merrick photo) or, throw on some high-heeled sandals and sparkly jewels for a more formal spring event.