I'm a Stylist—I've Been Recommending This Easy Dress to All My Clients Recently

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently, about what to wear that feels fresh during this ‘in-between season’ time of year; what should I be pulling out of my wardrobe in the morning, and recommending to you, and to my styling clients, when the air is still chilly but signs of spring are on the way? It can be a tricky one, as you ideally want something versatile that can be layered up as well as stripped back to straddle both seasons. After browsing the new-in sections recently, I think I might have landed upon the perfect solution: a striped knitted midi dress, and I’ve rounded up the best styles for you below.


(Image credit: @abimarvel)

Abi wears a monochrome striped knitted dress from Karen Millen. 

Of course, we’re all aware of how easy and versatile a throw-on jumper dress can be. They’re comfortable and you can pair them with knee high boots and heels for a really polished look or trainers on more relaxed days. This also makes them the perfect transitional item, and something that can be layered with coats now, then shorter jackets (or no jacket) come later spring. And while most of us dress-lovers will probably already own a neutral knitted dress, it’s the addition of stripes for SS23 that feels particularly fresh to me. 

Stripes are, in my mind, a spring staple and there’s nothing more useful in a capsule wardrobe than a breton top. So it makes sense that this chic pattern should be applied to another one of our wardrobe basics to elevate it in the same way. Both luxury designers and the high street seem to have cottoned on this year, and there’s so many effortless striped knit midi dresses available right now. Keep scrolling to see the selection of styles I’ve been sending out to my styling clients this week... 

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Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.