I Haven't Been a "Dress Person" for Ages, but These Trends Are Luring Me In

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.

1. The Kimono Dress
Dress Trends 2017



Shop kimono dresses:

You can wear this all year round—add tights come autumn.

It's a miracle this hasn't sold out yet…

Should you want to indulge in this trend…

From now on, all nights out will feature kimonos.

2. The Off-the-Shoulder Dress
Dress Trends 2017



Shoulder-baring always looks most elegant with a midi hemline.

3. The Boho Smock
Dress Trends 2017


Always Judging

Shop boho smocks:

Wear with cowboy boots for 2017's take on bohemian.

You can definitely breeze through a city wearing this. 

This luxe label specialises in feather-light dresses for bed and the beach.

Steer clear of hippie accessories, and this dress is bang-on.

4. The Classic Tea Dress
Dress Trends 2017


Aria Di Bari

Shop tea dresses:

Pair with white espadrilles for the full vintage effect.

These French dresses are selling out as soon as they come online—but you can sign up for new-delivery alerts.

If we could design our own, it'd look like this.

5. The Backless Sundress
Dress Trends 2017


Fashion Me Now

Shop backless sundresses:

Black grosgrain ribbons are adorning dresses all over the high street.

The high halter-neck front makes this a demure choice.

6. The Simple Slip
Dress Trends 2017


The Haute Pursuit

Shop slip dresses:

This slinky number features a peekaboo back.

Make like the models and layer lingerie styles over denim.

All the hard work has been done for you.

7. The Shirtdress
Dress Trends 2017


Chiara Obscura

Shop shirtdresses:

Who says shirtdresses have to be basic?

A wrap silhouette is always the most flattering.

Consider your office vibe sorted for the summer.

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