My Wardrobe Is 75% Dresses, But I Could Make Room for These 3 New Styles

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

Best dresses: Leopard ASOS dress


Emma Spedding

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.


Emma Spedding

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.

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