I Think I Just Found the Prettiest Dress Trend of 2023, Hands Down


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Maybe it's just me, but I'm really leaning into romantic silhouettes this summer. While I'm always down for a good outfit involving flared jeans or flowy trousers, I've been leaning more and more toward pretty dresses—specifically drop-waist silhouettes.

I was skeptical of this trend at first. Low-rise silhouettes are scary, and my entire closet is filled with high-waist styles I can't let go of easily. But when I tried on Free People's viral Onda Tube Midi in-store, I was sold. After seeing it on a few of my favorite influencers who come in all different shapes and sizes, I decided to take the plunge and embrace the deep V. The result? An adorable style that's gotten me so many compliments. At least three Who What Wear editors bought this dress, too, and if that isn't a sign of a budding trend, I don't know what is. 

Below, shop the best drop-waist dresses that I can't stop dreaming about. From cotton frocks to elegant, summery styles, these 24 dresses are sure to live rent-free in your mind.


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Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist and Gen Z editor whose work ranges from dissecting size inclusivity at fashion week to discussing how American Girl Doll meme accounts are the the answer to society's collective spiral. She's covered it all: Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Roe v. Wade frontline protests, and the emergence of jorts (or jean shorts for the uninitated). At Who What Wear, Ana is responsible for delivering smart, insightful, personality-driven shopping guides and trend features for a digital-first generation.Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)