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Patrick Robinson for Target

From 5/13 through 5/19, you can shop new looks from Patrick Robinson for Target online, before they arrive in stores—but nothing has made it into our shopping cart so far. Frankly, we were craving a tad more color this time of year, so the neutral palette left us feeling disappointed.

On the plus side, there's nothing overly trendy about the Patrick Robinson collection aside from tunics, which are a perennial favorite for summer anyways.

Naturally, this left us feeling torn.

To arrive at our final verdict, we decided to evaluate how Patrick Robinson handled the hallmark item of the season: the dress. After all, a collection can only be as strong as its interpretation of the reigning must-have. Having browsed the still limited selection, we settled upon this Patrick Robinson Crisscross Strap Knit Dress in Ebony—the pros are that it's simple, versatile, comfortable and sexy (not to mention a steal at $24.99). The cons: it only comes in black and the wide, gathered straps that cross in back mean you'll have to wear a strapless bra or cami underneath it.

At the risk of sounding apprehensive, we firmly assert that we are as yet undecided. Hopefully, whatever we see in actual stores will tip the scales in favor of this latest Go Designer.

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