Every season yields a fashion piece so resonant, you’ll witness accidental twinning moments in the office, walking down the street or waiting for your morning coffee. In 2019, it was this unstructured, polka-dotted dress from Zara, its booming approval emerging from the middle of an alchemic style Venn diagram: wearability, affordability, flattering shape. Early adopters took to it with gusto, but with this particular dress, so did every other woman sized 0-16. Soon it was everywhere: spotted in boardrooms, on weekend jaunts and doing the desk-to-drinks do-si-do.
But as the fashion trend revolution goes, there’s always a shiny, new piece tugging at our wallets. We rounded up four dresses teeming with potential to succeed the Zara dress and infiltrate our closets with similar fervor.
Wilfred’s Leopard Shirt Dress
Wilfred Leopard Shirt Dress ($158, aritzia.com)
Like the leopard-print midi skirt before it, this vintage-y button-up dress has all the makings of the Next Big Thing. First, we acknowledge leopard print as a neutral (meaning, you can wear it with just about anything), plus its flattering silhouette is ideal on lots of body shapes. The dress is a liiittle on the pricier side, but a simple cost-per-wear calculation clears up this consideration right quick: casual weddings, client meetings, brunch with the girls – this piece has a use for pretty much every event in your calendar.
Zara Blazer Dress
Zara Blazer Dress ($139, zara.com)
If you thought the blazer dress was a one-hit wonder, entertain this one: it ditches the stiff structure for a more slouchy, relaxed fit in all the right places. With a ton of layering potential (a whisper-thin turtleneck underneath for day, a pair of black cigarette jeans in the eve), this piece is totally chameleonic: it’ll feel right at home with crisp white sneakers, printed ankle boots or a simple heel. A closet must-have, if you ask us.
H&M Crêped Dress
H&M Crêped Dress ($40, hm.com)
Sometimes you just want to throw on a sack of a dress, one so spacious and sweeping, there’s nary a suggestion of the bodily shape that hides beneath it. For those moments, there’s this oversized dress. Checking off the “wearability” element that draws our collective interest, its magic eye ditsy print (is it a petite fleur or an abstract pattern?) is equally appealing. The whole look rides the line between feminine and old-fashioned, like a (super inexpensive) Batsheva dupe.
Everlane The Cotton Shirtdress
Everlane The Cotton Shirtdress ($106, everlane.com)
Let’s go back to basics: the borrowed-from-your-boyfriend (or perhaps more realistically, sourced-from-a-thrift-store) shirtdress. You’ve seen it a million times before, yes, but this season, with similar iterations spotted at Off-White, Altuzarra and Marco di Vincenzo, it’s got high-fashion cred propelling it back into the spotlight. This one features considered design details, like a washed-out ticking stripe, a single chest pocket and pointed collar, giving it tons of A.M. to P.M promise.
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