Picture the scene: You have travelled back in time to age 6 and 3/4, your seventh birthday is fast approaching. What you’ll wear to the all-important celebratory bash is weighing heavy on your mind. The pink tulle or the pink ruffles? Maybe both. Maybe with some pink glitter thrown in for good, princess-like, measure. Wait a second. Don’t all of those details rather remind you of a current fancy frock trend favoured by the current fashion pack?
With one eye set firmly on the red carpets, it’d be impossible for us to ignore just how fervently the A-list penchant for these über-feminine, ultra-girlish, frothy, frilly, floaty, exploding super-cute dresses. These beyond-cute frocks are precisely the genre of dress that we’d wished so hard for once upon a time, and now they’re a reality—a high-fashion–stamped reality at that. Which means right now it’s totally okay to unleash your long-lost Disney alter-ego and slip into something more, well, OTT.
No need to care if there’s a party to attend or not, because these are best worn with a dose of irony and at the most unexpected times—see how Alexa Chung recently combined a pink confectionary concoction of a Gucci midi dress with a biker jacket. It’s a trend that Brit girls do best, with no-makeup and a completely casual approach.
Of course, the roots can be tracked back to one particularly influential brand: Gucci. However, many others have turned out for the best pretty dress competition of 2016—Philopshy di Lorenzo Serafini, Molly Goddard (only recently did Rihanna channel Tinkerbell in this London designer’s acid-green tulle when picking up an iced coffee, no less), Dolce & Gabbana, Simone Rocha, Ryan Lo, Nicopanda… the list goes on.
If you’ve never been able to indulge in such pretty dresses, now is the time. Scroll down to see how the style elite wear them, then keep going to shop some of the best for yourself.