11 romantic milkmaid dresses to fall in love with this spring

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2020’s ‘It’ dress has arrived. 

Are you dreaming about the great outdoors? While we’re staying inside, we’re imagining idyllic weekends spent in thatched roof cottage, roaming around countryside. Blame it on our Animal Crossing obsession, but the cottagecore lifestyle of communing in nature is all we’re thinking about. It’s wholesome, it’s just the right amount of twee, and right now it’s the only aesthetic we’re interested in. 

As our luck would have it, fashion has captured that exact mood in one It dress. The dress that’s been seen everywhere from cult LA label Redemption to purveyors of Copenhagen Ganni, this season even the most directional of brands are feeling a decidedly wholesome vibe. Enter: the milkmaid dress. 

If it’s been a while since your swapped Soho Farmhouse for a real farm house, let us refresh your memory. The milkmaid style is all about a midi length. puffy sleeves and a square or sweetheart neckline. For an added cotttagecore aesthetic, look for a style that nips in slightly under the bust at the waist or has comfortable shirred (also a micro trend) stretchy detailing is what makes this dress flattering on every body. Still not wholesome enough? Dial up the Little House on the Praire details with a gingham print or colourful check. 

If you’re longing for the simple life, this romantic trend is one you’ll want to embrace right now. From bold prints to crisp white, the high street and designers alike have created these dreamy dresses to suit our new found pastoral mood. So, whether you opt for mini, midi or maxi length, we’ve rounded up the best milkmaid style dresses to buy now.

Stylist’s Billie Bhatia proves the puffy sleeved dress is the perfect wedding guest option. Though her exact dress has now sold out, there are some equally chic designs to be found on the high street this season. We’ve even found the Topshop dress that will be just as covetable in years to come as it is now. 

Add a statement headband and rattan accessories for cotttagecore look that feels as sweet as cherry pie, or if you prefer your country-inspired look served with a side of city, we’ve found the perfect sophisticated styles that won’t look amiss when there isn’t a rolling hill in sight.

Note: pigtails not needed. 

Images: courtesy of brands

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