All the Dresses I Love Right Now Have This One Thing in Common

Best square neck dresses:

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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.

A print that can be worn in summer through to autumn.

A perfect day-date dress. It'll look so cute with trainers.

Very aptly named because she really is a beaut and a classic one at that.

Puffball skirts dominated the 2022 runways. This style never fails to remind me of Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw.

Dôen has become renowned for cottagecore offerings. This style reminds me of its sell-out Bijou style from a few years back.

I haven't been able to stop thinking about this dress. The geometric prints with tawny shades are calling my name.

White "midaxis" were made to be worn with basket bags.

Handblock prints on sumptuous organic cotton. This brand is one to watch!

The quality and fit tick all of the boxes.

The ruched bodice is a refreshing take on what is often a shirred style.

Best square neck dresses:

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A piece after my very heart (and name). The colour and shape can do no wrong in my eyes.

The gathered ruching complements the green print very well.

Breezy dresses are always easy to wear in the summer.

The balloon sleeve and smooth bodice mean this style could easily be worn for a fancy evening event.

For countryside weddings and summer days out.

Staud releases classic cuts every summer.

Best square neck dresses:

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A classic sundress that will also serve you into the autumnal months.

Best square neck dresses:

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A modern take on the square neckline in a figure-hugging fit.

A classic dress for day and evening wear.

Bold botanical prints always look sophisticated.

With a broderie anglaise overlay, puffed sleeves and a square neck, this dress covers all bases.

Square necklines also suit '90s silhouettes. This dress is a staple for any capsule wardrobe.

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