6 Popular Dress Trends That Will Dominate Our Feeds This Spring

We may be bundled up in a zillion layers right now, getting through the bitterly cold winter, but there’s no doubt our minds are already thinking forward to the trends we’ll be wearing by the time spring 2020 comes along. And there is plenty to get excited about this year—Bermuda shorts, colorful leather, and three-piece suits, to name a few. But today we’re homing in on dresses, one of our favorite pieces to update when a new season arrives. The spring 2020 runways provided us with a plethora of entrancing frocks to whet our sartorial appetite. From thrifty-chic '60s-wallpaper prints to bold statement sleeves and floor-grazing maxis, scroll below as we share the most popular dress trends to come off the S/S 20 runways that are guaranteed to be all over our Insta feeds in a few months time.

Long, Loose & Billowy

One of the most popular trends to emerge from the spring runways were long, billowy and trapeze-like dresses that hung loosely from collarbone to calf with no restrictions. These often featured equally modest high-neck collars and long sleeves that hung past the wrist. Expect to see dresses that graze the floor and take up space on an Insta feed near you.


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(Image credit: Courtesy of Roksanda)


(Image credit: Courtesy of JW Anderson)


(Image credit: Stella McCartney, Dominique Charriau/Getty Images


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Polka Dots

If there's one print that will blow up our feeds come spring, it's unquestionably, polka dots. Spotted on frocks all over the runways—from Marc Jacobs to Carolina Herrera—the classic print will be your go-to for work, weddings, weekends, and beyond.


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(Image credit: Carolina Herrera, Victor Virgile/Getty Images)


(Image credit: Gucci, John Phillips/Getty Images)


(Image credit: Michael Kors, Victor Virgile/Getty Images)

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Striped Knit Dresses

We love the ease and effortlessness of a one-and-done ribbed knit sweater dress. Spring 2020's iterations come in lightweight ribbed fabrics, featuring stripes, metallic touches, and uplifting hues.


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(Image credit: Zimmermann, Victor Virgile/Getty Images)


(Image credit: Kate Spade, Imaxtree



(Image credit: Self-Portrait, Victor Virgile/Getty Images)

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Statement Sleeves

The S/S 20 runways got plenty of dramatic sleeve action—from billowy puff sleeves to voluminous ruffles—the mantra for the new season is Go bold, or go home!


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(Image credit: Giambattista Valli, Imaxtree)


(Image credit: Valentino, Estrop/Getty Images)


(Image credit: Prabal Gurung, Victor Virgile/Getty Images)

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'60s Eclectic

This spring we're going to party like it's 1969! Graphic and eclectic 's prints were seen on mini, midi, and maxis—from Paco Rabanne to Marc Jacobs, and Fendi—proving that vintage wallpaper prints and '60s flower power are back. Opt for bohemian fabrics and folkloric detailing to nail the thrift-chic look.


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(Image credit: Marc Jacobs, Victor Virgile/Getty Images)


(Image credit: Fendi, Estrop/Getty Images)


(Image credit: Paco Rabanne, Peter White/Getty Images)

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Give your dresses a touch of drama this spring and opt for a frock with tiers. Seen at Chanel, McQueen, and Roksanda, these frocks can easily be dressed up or down. Give them a casual, everyday touch by wearing them with flat sandals or sneakers. 


On the runway:
(Image credit: Christopher Kane, Gamma Rapho/Getty Images)


(Image credit: Molly Goddard, Gamma Rapho/Getty Images)


(Image credit: Roksanda, Victor Virgile/Getty Images)

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Up next, 35 cozy dresses that will get you through winter.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.