1. MINIMAL SLIP DRESS

This season’s slip dresses are stripped (pun intended) of their boudoir influences like satin and lace trims, and instead are more of a nod to ‘90s minimalism. Spaghetti straps with simple necklines are easily enhanced by a choker for after dark.

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NARCISO RODRIGUEZ Fitted Spaghetti-Strap Dress
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VALENTINO Layered Cocktail Dress / HELMUT LANG Side-Cape Slipdress / MAIYET Arc Camisole Slip Dress

2. EYELET 

Eyelet combines the laidback ease of its South of France roots with a ladylike elegance, making it a versatile warm-weather staple. This season, details like side cutouts and modern necklines update the summer classic.

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THAKOON Lace & Eyelet Dress
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R/R STUDIO Eyelet Dress / ULLA JOHNSON Georgette Oona Dress / STELLA MCCARTNEY Aline Eyelet Dress

3. SHIRT DRESS

Breezy yet tailored, the shirtdress is perennial. For spring, we’re loving clean lines and tunic-fits in classic menswear palettes like Oxford blues and pinstripes.

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ULLA JOHNSON Jihane Silk Shirtdress
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DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY Mixed-Stripe Voile Shirtdress / ATEA OCEANIE Stevenson Shirtdress / NILI LOTAN Mixed-Stripe Tunic Dress

4. BILLOWING MAXI

With their relaxed, A-line silhouettes, delicate necklines, and minimal embellishments, this season’s maxi dresses embrace an understated glamour that’s as well-suited to city evenings as beachside getaways.20160111_DC_BARNEYS_SH07_110_10m_RGB STELLA MCCARTNEY Amiel Gown

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TOMAS MAIER Halter Maxi Dress / NILI LOTAN Lace-Hemmed Maxi Dress / AZEEZA Georgette Voluminous Gown

5. ONE SHOULDER

The asymmetry of one-shoulder is a wink to subtle sex appeal in an otherwise simple dress. Slight draping leans toward a Grecian, resort-y vibe, while a more fitted silhouette feels sporty and fresh.

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R13 One-Shoulder Sweatshirt Dress
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ERES One-Shoulder Belted Dress / NOMIA One-Shoulder Fitted Dress / MAISON RABIH KAYROUZ Draped Crepe One-Shoulder Dress

6. PEASANT PRINT

There’s a kaleidoscopic range of subtle, scarf-like prints on offer this season. From darling country florals at Ulla Johnson to geometric textiles created in India at Ace & Jig, understated silhouettes let the prints shine.

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L’AGENCE Penelope Maxi Dress
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SEA Camisole Dress / ULLA JOHNSON Oona Dress / ACE & JIG Sahara Maxi Dress

7. LACE-UP NECKLINE

Necklines sporting strings dominated runways for Spring ’16, offering a sensual spin on styles ranging from girly peasant dresses to simple T-shirt dresses and more overtly sexy body-cons.

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CHLOÉ Eyelet Voile Dress
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BALMAIN Lace-Up Compact Knit Dress / TESS GIBERSON Lace-Up T-Shirtdress / SALONI Gigi Peasant Minidress

 

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