Everyone’s going dotty for this chic autumnal dress on Instagram

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Whether you like it or not, autumn is well and truly upon us – which means that the weather is set to fluctuate (dare we say it?) even more than usual. The misty mornings may be chilly, the afternoons splendiferously sunny and hot, the evenings (usually just around the time we’re about to leave the office) blustery and cold.

All in all, it’s the perfect time for you and your wardrobe to ease into the coming season with some chic transitional pieces. And, after trawling through Instagram hashtags, it seems as if there’s one must-have ‘transitional’ dress in particular which everyone is obsessing over, thanks to its polka dots and with-tights-without-tights flexibility.

Surprise surprise, it’s a wrap dress. Go figure.

It’s been over 40 years since Diane von Furstenberg unveiled her first wrap dress, but she’s still being hailed as “the most powerful woman in fashion” courtesy of her most famous creation. It’s easy to see why, too: wrap dresses are easy to wear, hardly ever crease and perfect to throw on when you’re running late.

This year has seen the wrap dress return to the fashion world in a big way, with plenty of cult designer brands offering their own twist on the trend. But it seems as if the people of Instagram have fallen hard for a high-street version.

Say hello to Topshop’s Spot Print Plisse Wrap Dress.

The flattering autumn dress has been designed in the classic wrap-around style, with a simple v-neck, balloon sleeves and on-trend polka dot print.

And it’s priced at £39.99.

The frock has made it into the ‘Trending Now’ section of the Topshop website, which means exactly that: it’s trending. Right now.

How do they know this? Well, through carefully monitoring algorithms (and general digital wizardry), the online store is able to identify the items that e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y is buying, and shine a light on all the upcoming trends we need to know about.

No wonder it’s had such a big impact on social media, eh?

You could team it with a baker boy hat (yup, they're finally back in fashion), pumps, and big aviators, like Russian fashion blogger Tesa Jurjasevic.

Or you could opt for a pair of opaque tights and brogues, as demonstrated by Charlotte Ogley.

When temperatures dip, you could throw on a blazer and add a belt for that extra pop of va-va-voom.

Or you could let your headwear do the talking with a statement summer hat, if you’re heading out on one of those rare sun-soaked autumnal days. 

All in all, there are so many ways to make this £39.99 dress all your own – so we guess you don’t need to worry too much about the fact everyone is clamouring to get one.

The wrap-around frock is still available online in sizes six to 18, and it’s been racking up some seriously positive reviews on the official Topshop website, too.

So, if you want one, we recommend you act fast, before they’re all gone…

Images: Topshop


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.