5 CELEBRITY DRESS TRENDS TO TRY NOW
Meet the new season dresses with the A-list seal of approval, then add them to your wardrobe…
THE MONOCHROME POLKA DOT DRESS
To declare polka dots “on trend” right now is a bit of a misnomer, in that they never really went out of style. The classic print’s allure has, however, cranked up a gear for the new season. Spotted – pun intended – on actresses (Freida Pinto, pictured) and royalty alike (Kate Middleton wore a white polka dot dress to Wimbledon last month) the polka dot feels as fresh today as it did in its 50s heyday. Monochrome is the way to go right now, giving the print a modern feel that will see you through to autumn. Our take on the polka comes in the form of ditsy dots splashed on a seriously easy to wear dress that will work day or night. Fluted cuffs and ladder embroidery provide the perfect finishing touches. Try it with red heels for a statement look.
THE HOT PINK SHIFT DRESS
The pink craze continues apace, and if you’d been avoiding it for fear of looking like you’re off to a costume party dressed as Barbie, this will change your mind. Take the classic shift, update it in the season’s hottest hue and you’ve got a head-turning, elegant take on one of this season’s trickier trends. The streamlined shape means it’s not too OTT for the office, but fluted tie-detail sleeves give it the fashion edge for evening and special occasions. Follow Jenna Dewan’s lead by pairing with fierce court shoes, and use the block colour as a blank canvas for a statement necklace.
THE RETRO LEOPARD PRINT DRESS
What we call a serious ‘hero’ piece, our leopard print dress is causing a major buzz among the fashion pack, with super stylist Gok Wan raving about it on This Morning. Known as a neutral in fashion terms (read: it goes with everything) leopard print is never not in style, making our statement frock a modern wardrobe classic. Must-have ruffles, a sexy neckline split and flirty fluted hem make this already hot frock even more covetable – play up the subtle 70s vibe like Mandy Moore by wearing with suede platforms. Striking the perfect balance of va va voom and elegance, it will work as well for the office as it does after hours. Take it off-duty with a leather biker jacket and ankle boots.
THE ORIENTAL FLORAL DRESS
Summer blooms are nothing new, but for a fresher take on florals, it’s all about a sophisticated, oriental-inspired feel. A muted colour palette of inky blues and purples shot through with flashed of fuchsia and orange create a floral print that can still be worn when summer is a distant memory, and works as well with classic black accessories – case in point Chrissy Tiegen – as they do brighter add-ons. With fluid bell sleeves and a sexy V-back, our oriental floral dress is packed with ante-upping details. Not just for smarter occasions, come autumn, style it with suede knee-high boots and layer over a polo neck.
THE RED RUFFLE DRESS
Or the “Dancing Girl Emoji Dress” as we like to call it. If you haven’t already added a red dress to your wardrobe, please do so immediately. Courting favour among celebs like Emma Willis right now, they’ll be your go-to next season too thanks to the catwalks big love-in with all things red. Not only does our scarlet number tick the must-have colour box, it nails the ruffle trend too. Oh, and did we mention that the fit & flare shape works like magic when it comes to creating a killer hourglass figure? Copy Emma – and the catwalks – and wear with co-ordinating heels for an on-point look.