Elegant, Anti-Trend and Understated—This Dress Trend Is Suddenly Everywhere

It all started when I was on the hunt for a new pair of loafers. As with all my shopping trips, what was once a single-minded, get-in-and-get-out task transformed into an afternoon of perusing the new-in sections, which I justify as work research. Five changing rooms and three bags later, I left stocked up on some of my favourite high-street basics, as well as one standout item—a draped jersey dress.


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Acting affiliates editor Florrie Alexander 

wearing the H&M Draped Jersey Dress (£28). 

Some always flock to frocks, but only in the past few years have I begun dipping my toe into this particular clothing category. That’s not to say that I don’t fall for dresses in the same way others do, it's just that I’m just a bit more discerning when it comes to actually adding them to my wardrobe. So when one finally does make its way into my collection, you can rest assured there’s good reason for it.

When it comes to my newest addition, it’s all about the design. The drape detail is not only incredibly flattering on the body but also adds a feel of considered construction reminiscent of designer brands. So no matter which price point you enter at, you’ll find this style gives the impression of an investment each time.


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The added appeal of this dress is that it requires minimal effort to style. For the office, I layer in a black blazer and add a pair of low heels for a smart finish, whilst on weekends its easy to dress down with trainers thanks to the relaxed jersey fabric. The particular style I snapped up is now out of stock (we all know how quickly a great H&M piece can move) but it's still available in other shades, and the power of the style is so universal that many other brands have created their own. Keep scrolling to explore them. 

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Acting Affiliates Editor

Florrie embarked on her fashion journey while studying French and History at university. Whilst studying in Aix-en-Provence, she began to write her dissertation on the history of fashion and the influence of Haute Couture, and landed her first role at Harper’s Bazaar. Following this, she interned for various publications including Elle, Grazia and Marie Claire before joining the fashion team at Conde Nast Traveller. There, she contributed to international photoshoots, styled pages and covers, and produced engaging digital content.

During a freelance period, Florrie honed her skills in editorial work in various digital and print publications including Vogue Italy and Departures magazine, as well as styling e-commerce photoshoots and personal shopping. Florrie actively pursues an in-depth understanding of fashion and jewellery, and after styling a jewellery cover shoot at Conde Nast Traveller chose to complete the De Beers Diamond Foundation course. Florrie first joined Who What Wear UK as a freelancer before becoming the Commerce Writer, blending both editorial and commercial content. Now, as the Acting Affiliates Editor, she monitors current trends, new-in styles, wardrobe heroes and how best to style them. In her downtime, Florrie can be found in her hometown of London, usually with a coffee in hand.