The summer dress trends we’re dreaming about
This season ‘power dressing’ is taken literally with a host of uplifting, eye-catching dresses. That the most confidence-lending outfit has shifted from suits to gowns comes as no surprise. After all, a dress symbolises fun and freedom – the self-assurance needed to dress up and be seen. They can make you feel powerful in every situation: from the office to dinner with friends and family. So, after weeks of wearing little else but pyjamas and sportswear, we’re celebrating the return of the dress.
Much more than spring’s traditional must-have: floral dresses inspire us to consider a greener future. So put nature at the forefront of your wardrobe with these pretty patterns, which now bloom all year round. From puff-sleeve dresses to bohemian gowns from the likes of Zadig & Voltaire, and even stylish slip dresses, they all boast serious petal power.
Short floral-print ruffled smocking dress
Grey flowered print dress
Dress with blue flowers
Free-spirited style and hedonism make a comeback as we rewind the sartorial clock to the seventies this summer. From long bohemian dresses to psychedelic motifs, this is the grooviest trend. For a street-style take on the look, opt for voluminous dresses in a paisley pattern from the likes of Etro, a la Brigitte Bardot on the Côte d’Azur.
Paisley printed dress
Kaftan printed dress
Green and gold printed dress
We’ve never needed an escape more, so add a touch of exoticism and adventure to your wardrobe this summer with a safari-style dress. Both practical and pretty, utility dresses offer the perfect blend of comfort and character – think oversized pockets, smart collars and sandy hues.
Long green jumpsuit
Short green dress with pockets
Short khaki dress with buttons
Polka dots, pineapples, cherries and abstract graphics: there’s always a must-have print to covet. And now, as we look beyond the catwalks to social media to set the sartorial tone, prints are becoming increasingly influenced by emojis, GIFs and filters. This summer, look for pieces featuring fun pop motifs – from the likes of Bimba y Lola – to add interest.
Blue dotted dress
Cropped dress with shirt collar in Paris print
Pink long dress
We can’t stop dreaming about the most romantic decade: the sixties, and its iconic styles as worn by cinema icons such as Catherine Deneuve, Twiggy and Mia Farrow. With sorbet shades, baby doll cuts, peter pan collars, organza blouses, oversized buttons and plenty of tulle, this trend is like a vintage treasure trove – especially when paired with classic Mary Janes.
Short dress with ruffles
Regular-fit dress in embroided lace with tie belt
Midi dress in plissé fabric with asymmetric hemline
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