Last year's dress trends were bold, statement-making and full of drama. The good news? The trends for S/S 18 are every bit as fun. If you're in the market for a showstopping, mood-lifting frock, you've come to the right place—we've rounded up the best styles (as already seen on some of our favourite street stylers and influencers) to try now. From punchy brights perfect for lifting your mood to sleek, minimalistic frocks that are guaranteed to see you through wedding season and beyond, keep scrolling to see (and shop) the biggest dress trends right now.
1. Polka Dot
You only need one quick browse on the high street to see that polka-dot dresses are the leading trend for 2018. And there are all manners of polkas on offer, from Topshop's multi-spot backless dress above that sold out in mere days to Mango's monochromatic button-down beauty.
2. Green Floral Midi Dresses
3. Vintage-Inspired Florals
Perennially chic florals will always be a go-to print when shopping for dresses, but this season we're slipping into something chintzy. Choose vintage-style wallpaper patterns on pretty silhouettes—think tea dresses, high necklines, pleats and ruffle details. Team with everything from trainers and socks to sky-high heels.
4. Sunny Brights
5. Cotton and Linen Dresses
White dresses are set to be huge again this summer, particularly in organic cottons, soft linens and other more "raw" fabrics. How best to style them? Choose midi or maxi lengths that are buttoned, belted or topped with a corset-style belt and wear with your favourite basket bag and mules.
6. Sicilian Prints
This summer, expect to see lemon-printed sundresses all over your Instagram feed and bold Sicilian prints. Gül Hürgel's white dress with embroidered mini lemons is our all-time favourite.
7. The Wrap Dress
Flattering, versatile and ideal for any occasion—every wardrobe needs a wrap dress. Take your cue from Karoline Dall and welcome pretty prints into your wardrobe for balmy summer days, or go for something directional and try Anna October's geometric iteration—you'll get so much wear out of this one.
8. The Everyday Mini
Those shorter hemlines that were previously reserved for party season should now be your go-to for daytime. Choose printed styles with sleeves, floaty skirt shapes or tea silhouettes—the trick is to embrace the mini for casual daywear without baring too much.
9. Souped-Up Slip Dresses
The humble slip dress has had something of a new-season makeover, and as result is looking chicer and more fun than ever. Look for subtle style updates (think side splits, cowl necks and structured silhouettes), and team with everything from slides to sneakers or heels. Ellie of Slip Into Style chose to team her Topshop version with equally fabulous mules, gold hoops and a tiny top-handle tote.
So which dress style are you eyeing? It wouldn't hurt to try all of them, you know.
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