How and Why 2017 Became the Year of the Dress

If there's one thing we're certain about from the past 12 months of fashion, it's that 2017 was the year of the dress. Of course, every other option under the sun existed and had some airtime, but it really seemed like everyone was obsessed with frocks. But we're not talking about simple LBDs here: The dresses of the year took the form of bold hues and prints, with flirty, floaty shapes and occasional statement sleeves. We have a theory on why we were all so obsessed with dresses. With brands such as Ganni, Rixo London, and Rouje creating cult dresses, which were both super wearable for day and night, it had a sort of knock-on effect, with more brands churning out chic frocks for us to snap up.

Of course, there were plenty of other key brands and pieces that stood out the most, with street-stylers, influencers, and A-listers all becoming seduced by the allure of the prettiest of pretty dresses. And, good news for leaner budgets out there: it wasn't all about designer styles either. There were plenty of dresses that were just as popular on the high street. We've come up with a list of the biggest and most popular dresses of the year—and the good news is, some of the exact styles are still available to shop now (some are even marked down for post-Christmas sales!) Keep scrolling to see our pick of 2017's dresses of the year.