When it comes to dresses, the spring-summer of 2011 fashion collections definitely offer a lot of choices that can satisfy a wide range of tastes. Whether you are looking for a day dress or you are all about glamorous formal gowns it's almost impossible not find one to suit your style so check out a few interesting and fashionable alternatives.

Dresses are without a doubt some of the most spectacular items in every designer's collection. An undeniable femininity enhancer as well as a wonderful tool to create a sophisticated look, dresses are a valuable addition to the wardrobe of any woman. This year the most important fashion designers are truly generous when it providing stylish alternatives for those who want to highlight their feminine features as much as possible being stylish and chic at the same time.

One of the top characteristics that can be considered common for most dresses is the wonderful combination between the romantic elements and modern elements. Although we can find a great variety of romantic elements that we would associate to a conventional dresses, the cuts as well as the overall designs tend to be very modern, offering a multitude of options a modern woman can choose from to be able to highlight her personality as accurately as possible and to be able to deal with everyday challenges in style.

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Midi dresses are an excellent alternative to longer dresses being a wonderful choice for those who want to show off their features as well as for those who find long dresses a little unpractical for day to day wear. With a well defined waist or with an abundance of feminine details such as ruffles or floral accents the choices are numerous. With such a wide selection of patterns and styles you can easily find plenty of styles to for a variety of occasions as well as versatile pieces that can help you get a polished look for various social circumstances.

If you find that floral fashion motifs are not edgy enough for you, you might find the spring/summer 2011 floral prints a much better alternative. It seems that the floral fashion trend will still be strong for the warmer season so a floral printed dress might be just what you need to build fun and stylish outfits. D&G, Clements Ribeiro, N° 21, Monique Lhuillier or Blugirl are just some of the collections you can draw inspiration from in order to be able to find the perfect floral print for you.

If you are a big fan of animal prints you will not have to worry that you won't be able to show off your wild side with bold printed outfits. You can find a wide range of animal prints in many collections, as some designers such as Balmain are determined to let us enjoy them for the seasons to come as well. And for those who want to bring a little diversity without going for a heavily printed dress, Altuzarra offers a great alternative with a perfect combination that doesn't create the impression that the prints are overpowering.

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Other types of prints such as tribal prints are also a good choice, although it can be quite difficult to select a basic characteristic that defines all these types of prints. Nonetheless, these types of prints can be a fun addition to your wardrobe adding a touch of color and originality to your wardrobe.

When it comes to formal gowns, the dresses styles tend to be even more varied and the designs can vary greatly depending on one's silhouette as well as the preferred style. Body hugging or voluminous, with asymmetric designs or more classic cuts or sheer fabric insertions, the choice when it comes to formal gowns is mostly determined by the body type, sense of style as well as the personality of each woman. With a generous palette of choices virtually any woman can find a style that will suit her needs as well as her expectations.

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