8 Dress Trends That Are So IN For Summer 2018

June 22, 2018 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Fashion

Summer wouldn’t be summer without a bevy of leg-grazing dress trends. Easy breezy dressing for summer is the best–it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to calculate that putting on a dress is easier than a shirt and pants–but that doesn’t mean summer dresses don’t have any edge.

Long gone are the days of summer dresses being reduced to just floral print sundresses (how’s that word for a throwback?). Summer dresses definitely pack a punch now–from ruffles and fringes and cut-outs (oh my!), summer dressing is elevated thanks to these 8 trending moments:

Summer 2018 Dress Trends

1. Silk slip dresses

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Slip dresses have been everywhere. Silk slip dresses are a cut above because they tie back into the overall fashion movement called pajama dressing. Yes–you read that right, PJs aren’t just for nighty night anymore. And designers like Bottega Veneta and Givenchy have dictated that it will be like this for at least another season. Stock up!

2. Polka dots

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If you want to bait a style blogger into your cave this season, all you need is a polka dot print. These girls can’t help themselves. And that includes Kendall Jenner, too, who just *loves* her Bec & Bridge Anouk Mini Dress.

3. Prairie

This is one of those trends that your boyfriend might not understand–but your coolest girlfriend definitely will. Prairie dresses are those ruffled, high-neck dresses that look like a mix between something Kate Bosworth and Anne Of Green Gables would wear. (We’re fan of both women.)

4. Ruffles

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If you want to keep the ruffles but hold the high-neck, you totally can. Ruffled dresses are everywhere this season–and supremely romantic and perfect for date night.

5. Fringe

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Thanks to designers like Alexander McQueen and Valentino, dresses are just *dripping* in fringe this season. If you like for people to be able to hear you coming from a mile away, this is an added perk.

6. Tie-Front

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You could have just one front tie (that’s how almost everyone else is wearing it) or you can wear a whole front of ties, a la Selena Gomez.

7. White

White dresses are just a wardrobe staple that is getting a lot of play for summer 2018. Never has it been more on-trend to wear a pretty white ruffled dress or shirtdress to any and all summer events.

8. Leopard print

Considering that the skirt of the summer is leopard print, is anyone surprised that this is a trend for dresses, too? Victoria Beckham and Dolce & Gabbana approved.

READ MORE: 4 Dress Trends Everyone Will Be Wearing This Summer (& They’re Not Bodycon)

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Prette Ruffle Me Pretty ($45)

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Tobi Just Like Us Taupe Satin Wrap Dress ($31)

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Eggie Mint Chip Dress ($48)

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*Tobi Ang Multi Leopard Print Shift Dress ($13)

Kedall Kylie Floral Midi Dress ($89)

Kedall Kylie Ruffle Sleeve Dress ($128)

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Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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