5 Everyday Dress Trends You'll Want to Know About

One of the best things to emerge on the S/S 21 runways? A whole new take on comfortable fashion. And no, I don’t mean sweatpants if that’s what you’re thinking. While I won’t be retiring my sweatsuits, leggings, or tube socks anytime soon, I am eager to add in some new pieces that are comfy but also feel on-trend and fashion-forward. One category this applies to? Dresses.

If you’re looking for some fresh everyday dresses to add into your wardrobe, there are a number of styles that you’ll want to take a look at that we saw everywhere in the spring collections. From long-sleeve maxis to jersey pieces to new takes on shirt dresses, there are so many stylish dresses hitting the market right now. I’m suddenly feeling inspired to add these into my repertoire for my standing Zoom meetings. Ahead, the 5 everyday dress trends I’m telling everyone about now.

Long-Sleeve Maxi Dresses

One of the freshest dress trends on the S/S 21 runways? Long sleeve maxi dresses. If you're into great basics, this is the ultimate piece to add into your wardrobe. What I love about it most is how versatile it is. You can pair it with sandals for spring, then add boots and a coat for fall.


On the runways:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Peter Do)

Pictured: Peter Do S/S 21


(Image credit: Courtesy of Sportmax)

Pictured: Sportmax S/S 21

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Ribbed Dresses

More than ever, designers have been rethinking what comfortable fashion looks like. With a strong set of ribbed dresses in the spring collections, it's proof that cozy clothing doesn't always need to involve a pair of sweatpants or leggings.


On the runways:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Thebe Magugu)

Pictured: Thebe Magugu S/S 21


(Image credit: Courtesy of Christopher Esber)

Pictured: Christopher Esber S/S 21

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Shirt Dresses

The classic shirt dress is back and cooler than ever. With details like cutouts and twisted waistlines, designers are bringing some modern design ideas to the piece. One of the coolest ways to wear one in the transitional months? With a pair of knee-high leather boots.


On the runways:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Proenza Schouler)

Pictured: Proenza Schouler Resort 21


(Image credit: Courtesy of Nanushka)

Pictured: Nanushka S/S 21

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Jersey Dresses

Another great dress basic? Anything finished in a slinky jersey material. We saw these pieces all over the S/S 21 runways and they instantly conjure some of the iconic pieces from Helmut Lang and Calvin Klein in the '90s.


On the runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Simon Miller)

Pictured: Simon Miller S/S 21


(Image credit: Courtesy of Tom Ford)

Pictured: Tom Ford S/S 21

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High Slit Dresses

The detail I've been seeing everywhere on the runways? High slits added to more casual pieces like linen and jersey dresses. Proof that it's the perfect addition of a skin-baring element that you can even work into your everyday dresses if you're so inclined.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Jacquemus)

Pictured: Jacquemus S/S 21


(Image credit: Courtesy of The Attico)

Pictured: The Attico Resort 21

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.