I've Done the Research—4 Major Dress Trends That Will Be Everywhere This Winter


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2023's autumn/winter trends have been nothing short of excellent and that's coming from a person who is heavily attuned to anti-trend pieces. I've become increasingly impressed with how designers have hit the mark on nostalgic meets modern, in a way that has a timeless appeal. That's across the board, especially when it comes to dresses. Between burgeoning corsages and spaced-out dots, many trends have been a throwback to vintage eras, albeit a tad more in keeping with 2023's modern-day essence and the sophisticated sartorialist, who exudes confidence and an unapologetic sense of self.

Trends from spring and summer 2023 have carried forward, bringing with them weather-appropriate elements and deeper colourways, though there have been some wildcards. When I think of 2023's dress trends, I think of a Carrie Bradshaw-esque exuberance. Many trends are bold and encourage wearability for many occasions if you dare to wear your best for the most mundane jaunts.

There have been many trends to name. From the relevance of specific hues—namely buttermilk yellow, aubergine and rich chocolate browns—to the revival of polka dot in a way that feels contemporary, whilst still evoking its characteristic vintage essence. We're still riding the wave of denim and for winter, designers have extended denim dresses, so they fall at the feet. If you're wondering what trends have got us talking, keep on scrolling for a deeper delve into the trends that have piqued the interest of an anti-trend fashion writer.

1. New Hollywood Glamour


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*Sounds klaxon*! Gowns have arrived in lustrous lacquers and glossy slip iterations, so you needn't worry if you're invited to any black tie events. Many winter trends for 2023 have amalgamated and what I've termed the "new Hollywood" encompasses the sweeping lengths currently favoured by the runway, elegant cuts, feathers, floral appliques and more. Bold gowns have never been more relevant as we transcend into party season, though I have also realised that people are celebrating larger-than-life trends for informal events teamed with flat shoes, as demonstrated on the Tove runway.

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2. Gothic Garden


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Darkened florals are a recurring trend every winter, but this year they've dominated in a major way. From cherry blossom prints to monochrome backdrops (courtesy of Chanel), there's something for lovers of berry hues and pallets devoid of colour.

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3. Dotty for You


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Hop on board the time machine as we revert to the 1950s. Alongside animal print and stripes, the polka dot is arguably one of the most timeless motifs around and for winter 2023, it's dominating once more. Mini, maxi and sheer iterations are all welcome. Simply take your pick.

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4. Double Down on Denim


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Whilst double denim looks are far from a new revelation, 2023 catwalks have provided us with reinvented denim courtesy of elongated, sweeping styles. Denim dress styles are aplenty—from the languid types (courtesy of supple denim) to form-fitting structured styles comprising structured denim. Many of 2023's denim runway looks featured matching shirts and skirts (Ganni, for example). The high street has created inspired styles, many of which bear a resemblance to two pieces.

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Avalon Afriyie is a freelance writer and storyteller based in London. She specialises in sustainable fashion, health and the narratives of marginalised communities.

She has a background in fashion show production and styling, having previously worked on The Clothes Show and with the Lyst Group. Since graduating in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in English and contemporary media, she’s worked as a feature writer for an independent publication and a contributor for Quill’s creator network. She now marries her passion for words and style, writing for some of the most esteemed fashion and lifestyle publications, Who What Wear UK and Stylist.

Avalon also provides copywriting services, creative consultancy, and visual media for independent businesses, including travel guides, interviews, press releases and blog posts. Her work has been featured on Lush, Contiki, Youswim and Ohne.

She spends her days writing to her heart’s content for business and pleasure, shooting on film and dreaming of residing a stone’s throw away from the ocean with her love and a pup (clad in a sweeping frock, of course). She’s currently penning ideas for a book of personal essays and free verse poetry on love, life and the stages in between.