Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, it's little wonder the television adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People has captured the attention of people the world over. While the complicated relationship between the book's protagonists Marianne and Connell may be a lot to wrap your head around, there are a few aspects of the show that are much more straightforward. Namely, the fashion.
Whether it be Connell's chain (which has gained a cult-like following of adoring fans) or Marianne's university attire, there's no denying that the costumes felt hyper-realistic for young adults in the late noughties. And while we can't honestly say we'd re-create all of Marianne's Normal People looks, there is one particular part of the show where her personal style really shines. In Episode 8, the couple, along with a few friends, venture to the Italian countryside where they stay in a picturesque home owned by Marianne's family.
While there, Marianne wears a series of pretty summer dresses that perfectly complement the episode's dreamy surroundings. At first, the character is seen in a blue gingham minidress, and next, we see her in a black fit-and-flare midi.
Featuring thin shoulder straps, a square neckline and a fitted bodice, the dress contains a very flattering silhouette and is certainly one of the chicest items the character wears throughout the season. While the show is technically not set in today's time, the dress is so timeless that several almost identical iterations have been released this summer.
From high-street labels such as & Other Stories and H&M to contemporary brands including Reformation and Ganni, square-neck fit-and-flare dresses are certainly having a moment. And while we might not be able to wear them while cycling around the Italian countryside, there's no reason we can't look just as chic wearing them on our daily walks in local parks.
Keep scrolling for our favourite square-neck fit-and-flare dresses to channel Marianne's coveted holiday attire.