This year has certainly been the year of the dress, but thanks to the trends waiting around the corner for us in spring, our dress obsession is only going to become even more heightened in 2019. Many of this year's key dress trends are continuing for another 12 months, such as leopard-print midis, prairie dresses and sheer tulle beauties, however, there are also some new additions to the mix.
This year, spots and florals proved the most popular prints, but next year, we'll see more dresses that mix two or more prints in one dress—think one arm in one print, and the other arm in another print. One of the best dresses we saw on the runways was a white floral crochet dress at Chloé, which is certain to spark a trend for Ibiza beach club–ready cover-ups. Keep scrolling to see seven dress trends that will make headlines in 2019.
1. Prairie Dresses
Prairie dresses have been popular this year thanks to brands like Ganni and Batsheva, however, they are going to become more dramatic in spring 2019 with exaggerated sleeves and skirts.
2. Sheer Dresses
At fashion week in September, many of the street style crowd wore billowing sheer dresses. Designers like Rejina Pyo showed it's not a trend to be scared of, creating delicate floral tulle dresses.
3. Arty Prints
Rixo spring/summer 2019.
The above Rixo dress on the left with colourful paint splodges created a frenzy on Instagram on the day of the presentation, and we think it'll create an appetite for more artsy prints in the new year.
4. Prom Dress
This dress trend goes hand in hand with the ongoing '80s revival. Think big bows, bigger shoulders and bold colours.
5. Luxury Bohemian
Chloé Spring Summer 2019.
This dress is bound to feature in all the most glamorous Instagram holiday envy shots in 2019, making us all want to dress like we're at an Ibiza beach club.
6. Leopard Prints
Rochas spring/summer 2019.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that we'd reached peak leopard-print dresses, but everyone from Richard Quinn to Rochas embraced animal print for spring once again.
7. Print Clashing
Rejina Pyo spring/summer 2019.
Designers like Rixo and Rejina Pyo are using two or more prints in one dress, but it's more elegant than the patchwork effect you might be imagining.
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2019.