I'm Not a Dress Person, But I Seriously Might Buy Into These 5 New Trends


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So I'm not really a dress person. I know, I know. I'm probably in the minority here. Dresses may not be my go-to item throughout most of the year, but by the time it starts to really feel like summer, they're suddenly all I want to wear, and I know for a fact I'm not alone there. So now that summer really does feel within reach, I've been noticing a few new trends have popped up, and I'm totally smitten.

With every new season comes a crop of new trends, but this summer's newest dress silhouettes are particularly lust-worthy if you ask me. There are the retro halterneck dresses that are transporting me back to '70s and the easy minidresses I plan to throw on with sneakers and some gold jewelry. Summer dresses just might be the best dresses of them all, and I happen to think that all five of the below trends are a vibe.

Keep scrolling to see the five new summer dress trends I just know youre going to love as much as I do. 

Short and Fitted


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While midi-length dresses ruled in the past, I'm starting to see a return to shorter lengths. Well, not only shorter but more body-hugging, too. Body-con minidresses, while daring, are already a favorite among the celebrity crowd, and I only expect to see more of these basic cotton minis as we move into summer.

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Suited Up


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It was really only a matter of time until blazer dresses started to pick up steam, seeing as all manner of suits and suiting motifs are gaining major popularity. Dressed up or down, belted or not, there's something especially fresh right now about a blazer dress (and blazers worn as dresses, for that matter).

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Retro Halters


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Ready or not, halter necklines have returned. We saw many iterations of the throwback silhouette on the F/W 20 runways and, what's more, have been noticing some rather chic versions hitting many new-arrivals sections online. So get ready to channel the '70s—or the early aughts, which also saw many a halter dress—with one of these fun picks.

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Pretty Puffs


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Billowy and voluminous, this trend stands in stark contrast to the first one I pointed out, but it's no less important. These tiered, babydoll-like silhouettes with puffy sleeves are about the only thing that will seem appealing when the temperatures start to spike. Plus, they happen to be magnets for compliments, just in case that's what you're going for.

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Remember milkmaid tops? Well, think of these as being everything you loved about the effortlessly summery, gathered tops, only in dress form. Although it's more of a micro-trend, we felt compelled to include it here because they're just too charming to resist.

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Speaking of summer, here is your guide to warm-weather dressing if you like classic style.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.