The Classic Summer Dress Trend French Women Swear By Every Year


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French women have a deep understanding of the classics, and they rarely stray far from what works. Their commitment to certain key staples seems to only be growing stronger as time goes on, and this summer, I can't help but point out the pretty dress style they're bringing back once again. Behold the magic of the crochet dress. As the poster girl for French style, Jane Birkin and her many crochet looks from the '70s (including her iconic crochet wedding dress) are no doubt the main inspiration behind this 2023 trend. 

Even though the '70s are having somewhat of a moment right now, French women throughout the decades have barely ventured away from the openwork knit style, and summer 2023 is no different. Now that summer is in full swing, our favorite stylish Parisians are breaking out the perennial dress and giving it a fresh spin for the present-day in zesty shades of tangerine and lemon and sultry cutout silhouettes. Up ahead, scroll through to shop the best crochet dresses right now and see how French women are wearing the classic style this summer.


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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.