Even for those of us who, back in October, were thrilled for the chance to break out our black tights once again, the arrival of spring has us eager for bare-legged days ahead. Floral shifts, breezy shirt dresses, gingham-printed minis—everything you want to wear for al fresco dining and weekend adventures.
And no one does warm-weather dresses quite like Reformation, the Los Angeles–based brand that manages to make clothes that are both sustainable and consistently cool. So, as we get serious about our spring and summer shopping, we asked Yael Aflalo, the brand's founder, what trends she's most excited about this season—and which ones should be stowed away for now.
"We're getting back into some Ref favorites, like lace-ups and off-the-shoulders, as well as incorporating new stuff, like bustier tops and summer suiting," Aflalo says. "You'll also be seeing a lot more linen—it's perfect for the warmer weather and way more sustainable than similar fabrics like cotton."
In fact, the brand has a whole category dedicated to its Linen Collection online, so you can stock up for the season. And while suiting may not seem like a likely dress trend at first glance, look no further than Ref's blazer-inspired Graphite Dress and button-down Etienne Two Piece (in summery stripes or subtle checks) to dispel that notion.
The latter is one of Aflalo's favorite pieces, along with the off-the-shoulder Coral and Framboise dresses, and the feminine Sayulita and Shirley styles. "All are super easy that you can wear every day or throw in a bag for the weekend or vacation," she says.
As for which trends the brand is avoiding for S/S '17, think anything that'll weigh you down. "We like things really easy and lightweight in the summer, so we'll be staying away from styles and fabrics that are too boxy or heavy," she explains. "Just flattering, breezy pieces, so you can keep that effortless thing going." Sounds good to us.
Below, shop Ref's top dress trends of the season.
We'll be staying away from styles and fabrics that are too boxy or heavy.
The ruffle gives this OTS mini a little something extra.
Ever wanted to wear a men's shirt as a dress and call it a day? This is that, but with much more flattering proportions (plus it's a two-piece, so you can mix and match).
Consider this your new favorite going-out dress.
We're getting back into some Ref favorites, like lace-ups and off-the-shoulders, as well as incorporating new stuff, like bustier tops and summer suiting.
A throw-on-and-go style in the perfect shade of watermelon pink.
Don't let the eyelet lace and sweetheart neckline fool you: this lingerie-inspired mini has a corset front that's more boudoir than baby shower.
How an '80s power babe would dress in 2017.
Ref is a master of florals, and this low-cut wrap number is no different.
Undo a few of the bottom clasps for an added dose of sex appeal.
A feminine update on the always-classic shirt dress.
You'll also be seeing a lot more linen—it's perfect for the warmer weather and way more sustainable than similar fabrics like cotton.
Fans of The Row without bottomless bank accounts: This is the dress for you.
Sweet enough for Mother's Day brunch, in a lightweight linen you'll want to wear all summer.
Get extra mileage out of this floral number, and break it out for summer weddings.
Next, read up on the spring trends that will flatter every body type.