Prediction: This '90s Dress Trend Is About to Be Huge


(Image credit: Imaxtree/Rokh; Prada; 16Arlington)

Over the past several seasons, we've seen the rise of '90s fashion in a major way. Sleek minimalism from the decade has returned with the rise of low-key, ultra-luxe staples, the popularity of pieces that would have been found in the closet of the late Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and the resurgence of '90s runway looks, which are inspiring the looks of editors and fashion insiders. That momentum isn't slowing down. In fact, it's picking up as we look forward to the spring/summer 2023 collections.

Though there was a range of '90s-inspired pieces in the runway shows—from slinky slip dresses to pared-back suiting—the predominant item to know is the tube dress. Spotted in collections from Prada, The Row, and Khaite, tube dresses are coming back in a huge way, and there are some key iterations to know. Ahead, see the styles to buy for the upcoming season and the items to start wearing now.


(Image credit: Courtesy of The Row)

We have been talking about the maxi trend at length, but you can rest assured that it isn't going away anytime soon. If you're looking to bring it into 2023, sleek tube dresses are the way to wear it, as spotted in The Row's collection from Paris Fashion Week.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Prada)

I'm predicting a rise in satin items—tube dresses or not. The elegant material was prevalent in the spring/summer 2023 collections in a way that feels much more impactful that the last several years, so now is the time to double down on the pretty, shiny pieces.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Christopher Esber)

For a more casual take on the tube dress, opt for a slinky style. Christopher Esber, as always, perfected the silhouette, but there are also some stunning takes on it you can find right now from brands such as Saint Laurent and Zara.


(Image credit: Imaxtree/Khaite)

If you haven't heard already, bubble dresses are back. I'm specifically interested in the strapless variety, which were in heavy supply on the Prada and Khaite runways. I already know these are going to be huge next year.


(Image credit: Imaxtree/Rokh)

When it comes to peak elegance, I think about the sequined tube dresses that were perfected on Rokh's S/S 23 runway. If you're looking to take the tube-dress trend up a notch, why not add some sequins into the mix?

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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 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.