while i am not often looking for that perfect little dress, when i do need one it can be a tough hunt and sometimes in the past when i was desperate i would sometimes be forced to visit one of the monster department stores. so a few years ago i was excited to discover darling — a shop brimming with stylish and fun dresses in prices ranging from about $100 to $400. if and when spring finally arrives, darling expects to see lots of greens, turquoises and royal blues as well as orchid and pale neutral fabrics. their current designers include caroline hedaya, yumi kim, amanda uprichard, luna, lewis cho and susanna monaco. in addition, they also carry a sweet selection of lingerie by mary green and hanky panky as well as rumba panties by honeydew. lastly, they have begun to carry more vintage bags and clutchs making it easier to save a little for that night out. while darling is not easy to find with a kind of odd netherland location on the border of the meatpacking district, it is worth tracking down when you need them. darling, one horatio street on the west side of 8th avenue, one block below 13th Street, 212.367.3750.