One of the most profound periods for square-neck dresses in fashion history was the Renaissance era, with its emphasis on corseted shapes and lustrous materials. Like most fashion trends, the square-neck dress has come full circle, albeit less constricted. The 2022 equivalent is all about the plunged square neckline that sits just beneath the collar. You'll now find the square-neck dress with a host of design details, from shirring to inflated sleeves reminiscent of '80s-style dressing to bias fits.
Nowadays, the emphasis is on overexposed, quadrate necklines (with big sleeves to boot, more often than not). As if it weren’t already popular enough, those with their fingers on the fashion pulse are eager to emulate the lavish shapes seen on-screen as a result of the Bridgerton phenomenon. Although the style is often referenced with the prairie and cottagecore aesthetic in mind, the versatile cut also suits more minimalist styles with a '90s feel.
Its clear square-neck dresses are a trend that will endure, as season after season, we’re seeing them dominate. Their timelessness is the very reason most of my investment dresses have these necklines. Of course, there are also many benefits to this style. First, those with a smaller bust can go sans bra thanks to shirring. Second, it frames necklaces or statement earrings perfectly, which is always a plus if, like me, you’re a jewellery fiend. However, some styles are fancy enough that they don’t require added glamour. Keep scrolling for some tab-worthy picks of this classic style. I think this style is around for the long haul.