2019’s ‘it’ dress will work for summer through to autumn, and there’s one to suit all styles and budgets…
While new season is dropping in, there’s one particular dress style that’s been at the forefront of our wardrobes for summer and will be continuing into autumn.
Whether you’re shopping with beach days in mind, BBQs with friends, wedding guest looks or you’re looking for a general throw-on-everyday frock , we’ve found “the one”. And it’s those puffy sleeves that make the milkmaid dress one of 2019’s top buys.
We’ve already told you about our love for the statement sleeve tops, but now they’re here in dress form. The neckline is also key to why this style is super flattering – go for a square, sweetheart or V-neck that’ll flatter all chest sizes. And lastly, the waist. 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.
Celebrities including Holly Willoughby and influencers all over Instagram have been wearing the must-have style already this summer, and they’ll look just as good for autumn with boots and a leather jacket.
From plus to petite, the high street and designer brands have created these dreamy dresses to suit us all this year. So, whether you opt for mini, midi or maxi length, we’ve rounded up the best milkmaid style dresses. Note: pigtails not needed.
Ganni shirred checked cotton and silk-blend mini dress
Combining of all of this season’s micro trends in one: checks, shirring, mini dresses and puff sleeves. Of course Ganni has created yet another ‘it’ dress.
Ghost joy dress
Holly Willoughby’s actual dress is under £100. A member of the Stylist team also has it and can confirm it fits like the dream. Snap it up before it goes.
Zara draped polka dot tulle dress
Zara already has a £39 polka dot dress that has been spotted (quite literally) on multiple people all over London, and beyond. Now, there’s another style we predict will be doing the rounds.
Tulle, polka dot and puffy sleeved — it’s the mini dress summer has been asking for.
& Other Stories floral puff sleeve midi dress
When we need a good dress we always head in the direction of & Other Stories. Their ‘new in’ section has so many styles to choose from but we’re drawn to this wrap. Instantly flattering, we suggest wearing it with a straw bag and sliders.
& Other Stories, £79
Kitri Lenora check midi dress
This hot pink dress has been so popular, Kitri had to post on Instagram to let all the fans know when it was getting re-stocked. Thankfully, it finally has and you can shop it now at Harvey Nichols.
Zara voluminous dress
The belted dress is a hero in itself. Go for grown-up gingham and we predict you’ll wear it on repeat, year after year.
Note: add a straw bag for summer and ankle boots come autumn.
& Other Stories puff sleeve midi dress
Update your mbd (that’s midi black dress) by going for puffy sleeves. The side split style is perfect for daytime or after dark.
£85, & Other Stories
Asos shirred bustier maxi dress in seersucker check print
We’ve already spotted at least three women in London wearing this dress since it dropped online last week. Naturally it’s a winner for obvious aesthetically pleasing reasons, along with the under £40 price tag, that is.
Reformation Elle shirred floral-print georgette mini dress
Yes, it’s another “it” dress from LA brand, Reformation. Luckily, it’s available from Net-a-Porter so you can skip the shipping fees. We can imagine you’ll take it to warmer climates and wear with a straw bag and sliders on holiday.
Miss Selfridge petite yellow gingham dress
In true milkmaid style, of course there’s gingham. This mini dress will look just as good with trainers and a straw bag as it will with mules and a chunky headband.
£10, Miss Selfridge
& Other Stories cotton silk blend plaid dress
Green is one of the key colours for s/s 19 and you can see why. There’s a shade to suit all skin tones, and this & Other Stories winner is so flattering. Switch the matching tie belt to a raffia style to make it even more summer-ready.
£79, & Other Stories
Nicholas smocked checked cotton-poplin midi dress
It’s all in the detail with this beauty. Covered buttons, matching belt and shirred elasticated detail on the waist and hips is what makes it even more flattering. Of course, the perfect sleeve and dress length add to the full package.
Sleeper Brigitte belted linen midi dress
This is one of those dresses you can throw on anytime and you’ll most likely have someone ask you where it’s from. Add simple gold jewellery and tan accessories to keep it sleek.
Kitri Lenora green midi dress
Many of Kitri’s dresses sell-out within hours of launching online and we can only predict this will be one of them. The square neckline, white buttons and cute tie sleeve detail is dress perfection. Team with pink sandals for a cool colour clash.
Nanushka Miro dress
We can always rely on Budapest-born brand Nanushka to create pieces that have longevity – we guarantee this is one of those dresses you’ll bring back out year after year. This helps to justify the higher price point, right? That’s what we’ll tell our credit card provider anyway!
Rixo Tammy button down midi dress
Rixo, the queen of prints have gone and dropped another winner on site. The button down midi is available in size xxs to xl and whether it’s a summer wedding, a boujee bbq or just a Sunday stroll – it’ll do it all, in serious style. Thanks, Rixo.
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