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 to wear. If you're in the market for a new 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 right now with tights, boots and the winter coat you're still committed to. From punchy brights perfect for lifting your winter wares in between seasons to sleek, minimalist frocks that are guaranteed to see you through wedding season and beyond—scroll below to see (and shop) the four biggest dress trends to be seen in right now.
Style Notes: 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, and team with everything from trainers and socks to sky-high heels.
Style Notes: When it comes to colour trends, the future is bright. We've been behind the yellow dress trend since we first spotted the sunny hue on the Tibi and Sies Marjan catwalks. For spring/summer, we're taking one bold step forwards and incorporating Crayola shades: green, red, blue, orange, purple… no super-bright shade is off-limits. Be brave and don't be tempted to play it safe with neutral accessories.
Style Notes: 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, buttoned, belted or topped with a corset-style belt and wear with your favourite basket bag and mules.
Style Notes: This season '80s silhouettes are back. We're talking puffed sleeves, nipped-in waists and fun skirt shapes. Spotted on the S/S 18 catwalks at Isabel Marant and Rejina Pyo, the trend which has been gaining momentum for the past few seasons shows no sign of slowing. For now, we're swapping glitzy '80s fabrics for pretty daywear frocks that nod to the trend. Let & Other Stories' chic LBD be your entry point, or for something exaggerated, channel your inner maximalist in the ultimate ASOS party dress.
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