25th Apr 2018
As we come ever-closer to warmer (!!!) weather, it’s time to start plotting your bare-leg, bare-arm attack on the world, and what better way to do it than with a smart and sophisticated dress? Prints are given a retro upgrade for 2018 and the confident dresser will appreciate the shift from safe, geometric patterns to wild and dismantled motifs that erupt with colour and noise. Think animal prints in vibrant shades – like Ashley Williams and Versace, below – and grown-up polka dots from Asos. The classic Breton stripe is given a sophisticated and mature reboot for 2018, as seen at DVF. Expect to see asymmetric displays of colour, unapologetic and non-traditional hemlines, and, contrasting with that, sharp tailoring. One thing is clear: you need a chic dress this spring, and our trend guide below will help you to fortify your perfect spring/summer 2018 dress arsenal.
Asymmetrical hemlines as seen at Delpozo
Short-sleeve overlay square hem dress, €734.43 at dvf.com
Mixed pansy ruffle slip dress, €76 at topshop.com
Polka dot asymmetric dress, €38.71 at asos.com
Blocked asymmetrical midi dress, €50.95 at na-kd.com
Asymmetric dress, €27.99 at hm.com
Mini dresses and long legs at Versace
Versace SS18 catwalk
Sequinned dress, €150 at uterque.com
Suede mini dress by Balmain, €1,562 at theoutnet.com
All-over lace mini dress with sheer details, €384.94 at sandro.com
Federica frill V-neck dress, €169 at whistles.com
Bijou mini dress, €219 at ganni.com
The revival of the shirt dresses at Oscar De La Renta
Oscar de la Renta SS18 catwalk
J by Jasper Conran green broken spot cotton shirt dress, €92 at debenhams.ie
Tencel shirt dress, €48 at next.ie
Printed shirt dress by DVF, €231 at farfetch.com
Hali tie knot dress in peach, €19.95 at iclothing.com
Animal print at Ashley Williams
Zebra ruffle slip dress, €52 at topshop.com
Black animal print frill wrap maxi dress, €87 at riverisland.ie
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