Dresses are my second skin—I wear a printed midi almost every day of the week. So when my editor asked our team to each start a monthly story on a special shopping subject of ours, dresses were obviously going to be my topic. I own almost 30, and they're the one thing in my wardrobe I choose to invest in, as they're a ready-made outfit that'll work for any occasion. This autumn, there are three dress trends that I'm particularly excited about, and these are the new season trends that I have chosen to invest in.
First up, we have animal-print dresses. I never usually wear leopard print, but I have bought a maxi from ASOS and a pink leopard button-front dress from Ghost. Next up, I'm into checked dresses; from colorful grid prints to tiny gingham prints, you'll find these dresses all over the high street. The last dress I bought was an autumnal leaf-print dress by Stine Goya, but & Other Stories, Mango, and Ganni also have plenty of fall-ready dresses you can wear now with sandals and in December with boots.
1. Animal-Print Dresses
I'm not usually one for animal print, but even I've been tempted by this season's wilder dresses. This $60 ASOS dress has quickly become one of my favorites in my collection.
Polka dots have seemed unbeatable, but there's another print that is about to become just as popular: checks. The pattern has long been a fall staple, and for F/W 18, they've been given a makeover in bright colors. "Traditional checks have been at the forefront of the trends for several seasons," says Lisa Aiken, Net-a-Porter's retail fashion director. "Our more directional brands have experimented with color to give our woman a reason to buy new."
3. Fall Colors
Summer 2018 was all about pretty pastels, but this season, there has been a shift toward the colors you'd see covering the grass of any park. Think rusts, chestnut browns, and deep reds.