Last year's dress trends were bold, statement-making and full of drama. The good news? The trends for S/S 18 are every bit as fun to wear. If you're in the market for a new showstopping, mood-lifting frock, you've come to the right place—we've rounded up the best styles (as already seen on some of our favourite street stylers and influencers) to try now with boots and in August with sandals. From punchy brights perfect for lifting your winter wares in between seasons to sleek, minimalist frocks that are guaranteed to see you through wedding season and beyond—scroll below to see (and shop) the biggest dress trends to be seen in right now.
Style Notes: You only need one quick browse on the high street to see that polka-dot dresses are the leading trend for 2018. And there are all manners of polkas on offer—from Topshop's multi-spotty backless dress above that sold out in mere days to Mango's brown-and-white belted beauty.
This trend might have seemingly come from nowhere, but green floral midi dresses are selling out at record speed. Kitri's Gabriela dress had a waiting list of over 800 people, and styles from ASOS, Topshop and more are selling like hotcakes.
Perennially chic, florals will always be a go-to print when shopping for dresses, but this season we're slipping into something chintzy. Choose vintage-style wallpaper patterns on pretty silhouettes—think tea dresses, high necklines, pleats and ruffle details—and team with everything from trainers and socks to sky-high heels.
White dresses are set to be huge again this summer, particularly in organic cottons, soft linens and other more "raw" fabrics. How best to style them? Choose midi or maxi lengths that are buttoned, belted or topped with a corset-style belt and wear with your favourite basket bag and mules.
This summer, expect to see lemon-printed sundresses all over your Instagram feed and bold Sicilian prints. Gül Hürgel's white dress with embroidered mini lemons is our all-time favourite.
Opening Image: Collage Vintage, Style du Monde