This season when we talk about power dressing, what we really mean is power dresses. After a few years of favouring separates, the fashion lot has turned its attention back to this one-stop method, and the enthusiasm has resulted in an almost endless stream of on-trend options. From wraps to kimonos, tea dresses to barely-held-together backless sheaths, there is an iteration to suit all tastes, occasions and budgets—no one style wins out.
Not only have these myriad versions been arriving thick and fast, but the ways to wear them are equally varied: We have witnessed more dress-over-jeans action in the past few months than we probably did throughout the '00s. Elsewhere it's become the norm to pair maxi dresses with sneakers, rather than the gladiator sandals of yore—reason enough then to swot up before buying.
We've boiled it down to the best dress trends for 2017 and added in our favorite shopping options along the way. You're welcome.