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How to wear a versatile handkerchief dress this spring like Laura Prepon on TODAY

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It's safe to say that spring is nearly here and it's time to start seriously thinking about dressing for warmer weather.

As we start dreaming about updating our closet for the next season, one trend we are loving is the handkerchief dress.

And while handkerchief hemlines have certainly made their rounds in the fashion world before, it's looking particularly fresh this season.

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Maxi and midi dresses have arguably been "in" for some time now, and adding a handkerchief hemline gives these warm weather staples a modern look.

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A handkerchief hemline also gives a dress a feminine, whimsical vibe — perfect for spring.

While you can definitely go for one of these dresses in a solid, try picking one with a pattern to really make a statement. Floral and bohemian style prints are right on trend this spring, so go for a dress that incorporates those elements for a major fashion moment.

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The handkerchief dress is also incredibly versatile. You can wear it the office, on the weekend or even for a night out.

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When "Orange is the New Black" star and cookbook author Laura Prepon stopped by TODAY on Thursday, she rocked a gorgeous green midi handkerchief dress with a bold print by designer Shoshanna, which she paired with pointy black pumps from Cesare Paciotti and a navy shrunken cardigan by Molly Bracken.

Her look was chic yet sophisticated, making it perfect for a professional environment.

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The best part is, you likely already have the elements that helped complete Prepon's look in your closet.

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By simply changing the accessories, you could easily turn this dress into a casual weekend outfit. Swap out the pumps and the cardigan for flat sandals, a denim jacket and maybe a cross-body bag and you're ready for Sunday brunch.

Then, for a night out, add strappy neutral sandals, a glitzy clutch and statement earrings.

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And if Prepon has inspired you buy a handkerchief dress of your own, we found eight options in beautiful patterns, all for under $80, that will leave you looking fabulous for any occasion this spring.


RACHEL Rachel Roy Floral-Print Handkerchief Dress, $69.99, Macy’s


Dream Vacation Ivory and Blue Print Midi Dress, $44.00, Lulu’s


Black Floral Print Handkerchief Hem Sundress, $79.90, Express

Charlotte Russe

Plus Size Printed Handkerchief Dress, $34.99, Charlotte Russe


INC International Concepts Handkerchief-Hem Maxi Dress, $79.89, Macy’s


Jealous Tomato Handkerchief Maxi Dress Blue, $39.99, Target


Simply Vera Vera Wang Handkerchief Hem Fit & Flare Dress, $45.00, Kohl's


Geo Print Handkerchief Hem Maxi Dress, $39.99, Express