If You’ve Never Bought These 7 Dress Trends, Now Is the Time to Start

At first, the thought of purchasing a “trendy dress” might sound like an unwise investment. After all, everyone knows it’s generally safest to stick to the classics if you’re looking to buy something for the long haul, and dresses are not something you want to cast aside after just one season. However, the trends I’m about to call out for this summer are likely a far cry what you probably have in mind when hearing the aforementioned phrase. Yes, they’re trendy, but they’re also not too trendy. As someone who has admittedly simple style and would rather err on the side of boring than too out-there, you can trust me on this one. From throwback necklines to flattering textures, the frocks you’re about to see below feel both of-the-moment and for-the-future. To see what I mean and, of course, shop all seven of the trending dress styles for yourself, just keep scrolling.

If you’re looking to make a statement this summer—at least with your clothing—the open-back dress is the stylish way to go. 

Integrate this mood-lifting print into your spring and summer wardrobe for a dress that will make you smile time and time again. 

As my colleague Lauren recently pointed out, cami dresses with a ruched front are suddenly everywhere and, as someone who’s already purchased two of them, I couldn’t speak more highly of the easy little micro-trend. 

That’s right. It’s time to either dig up your old halter from the back of your closet or snag a new one.

Smocking, which is as flattering as it is cool-looking, just so happens to be very on-trend this season with the “more is more” approach taking the lead. 

There’s a puff-sleeve resurgence going on and the mini dress seems to be the fashion set’s favorite way to get the look right now.

Random, I know, but pale yellow (in all forms) has been everywhere this summer and the shade is especially striking as a dress. 

Next up, take a peek inside the vacation wardrobes our editors are flaunting this summer

This post was originally published on an earlier date and has since been updated.