If there's one thing we Who What Wear editors know about, it's where to find good dresses. It might not strike you as a mastermind subject, but nevertheless, it is something that we're asked about endlessly, and you, our readers, are always requesting more and more stories about dresses. In the summer, a dress is arguably the easiest thing to wear, as it can be light and comfortable yet requires little thought when it comes to styling.
This means that there are certain dress trends that peak in popularity every single summer, such as white linen or beach-style dresses. But this year, there are six dress trends, in particular, that are proving popular, and with restrictions lifted around international travel, we have plenty of styles in mind for a far-flung holiday.
All the dresses below have a classic feel. However, there are small tweaks that make them feel special or a little different, adding new elements to your existing summer wardrobe. There are cut-outs and backless details, plenty of colour and silhouettes so varied that there really is something for everyone. Keep scrolling to see the six summer dress trends we're excited to wear this year.
1. POLKA-DOT MAXIS
Style Notes: It's official. We're still hot for the spot. No, not that dress, but since polka-dot mania swept the UK three summers ago, it's back and bigger than ever. That is, in dress form. Supersize your spots with a floor-sweeping maxi with a retro feel. (Just see Kate Middleton's recent Royal Ascot dress for inspiration.)
2. FEATHERS GALORE
Style Notes: If there is a more exciting dress trend this year, I'm yet to see it. It might not be an outfit to run errands in, but feathered dresses seem to be everywhere right now. Before you RSVP to your next evening event, consider a feather-trimmed dress. It's always guaranteed to make an entrance.
3. THE BIG RED DRESS
Style Notes: Big, bold and voluminous, the supersized red dress can be full-skirted, puff-sleeved or maxi, but it's certainly never subtle. Wear with chunky sandals or a minimal ankle-tie pair, and let the dress do all of the talking.
4. TWISTS AND TIES
Style Notes: It might be a micro-trend, but twisted and tied details are about to get major attention. Relatively similar to the cut-out by highlighting parts of the body, the finished effect is an elegantly draped and adjustable fit that we can't help but get behind.
5. THE CROCHET COVER-UP
Style Notes: Although a cover-up is technically its own category of clothing, wearing the sheer, crochet or large knit dress you would normally spot on the beach as an everyday dress is the most controversial dress trend we've seen this year. While it's perfect for holidays over a bikini, you can also layer it over a nude or black minidress for day dressing.
6. ACID-BRIGHT FLORALS