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Unzipped: How to.. rock the oversized frock

07.19.17

I don’t know what it is, but the hotter it gets, the more inclined I am to wear dresses. No matter the length, fabrication is really what dictates my selections. So you can imagine my excitement when I realized that oversized day dresses are becoming a major trend for the upcoming season. Sleeves and hemlines are elongated throughout various Pre-Fall 2017 collections bringing the drama back to daytime looks.

I’ve found that oversized silhouettes are functional for any season, which makes this trend even more appropriate for Pre-Fall which is hitting stores right now. Preen Line and Stella McCartney are two brands that grasped this concept well while staying true to the integrity of their well defined aesthetics. For the team at Preen, technicolor prints and playful ruffles added an on-brand spin to their drapey chiffon frocks. Meanwhile, Stella McCartney delivered loose, wide-cut dress options perfect for breezy summer days or fall layers, with the same understated, casual nature that one can always appreciate.

Trust and believe, you’ll be breaking out some of those bold platform sandals with these floor grazing looks, and rightly so. Start with billowy summer whites from Rosie Assoulin and Chufy X Juan Fernandez for ethereal and breathable looks. I also love romantic ruffles and  from Saloni and J.W. Anderson, so fresh and so feminine. But if you’ve got micro-florals and multicolor palettes on the brain, long-sleeved options from Gucci, Marni, and Rhode Resort should be on your must-see list. And when you’re in search voluminously tiered frocks, Caroline Constas, Erdem and Kalita fill the void seamlessly.

These chic kaftan-like dresses are a continuation of the vintage inspired looks we’re seeing more of on and off the runway. And sure, much of this trend falls within the category of investment purchases, but I can already envision street style stars layering their favorite Gucci pieces with colorful tights when the temperature drops in a few months. So I say, take a chance on the frilly, oversized frock of your dreams.

Brands we love: Saloni “Lizzie” Ruffled Floral-print Maxi Dress, Erdem “Ali” Floral-print Cloqué Gown, Rosie Assoulin “Swash Buckler” Balloon-sleeve Jersey Gown, Marni Plum-print Long-sleeved Crepe DressJ.W. Anderson Ruffled-hem Striped Dress, Gucci Floral Patchwork-print Crepe Dress, Chufy X Juan Hernandez “Daels” Pleated Silk-dress, Caroline Constas “Elle” V-neck Cotton Dress, Loewe X Paula’s Ibiza Waterlily-print Maxi Dress, Kalita “Brigitte” Silk-habotai Maxi Dress, Rhode Resort “Bianca” Kaftan

 

By Ariel Serano

 

Tags: Pre-fall 2017 / Preen / runway / Shopping / Stella McCartney / summer

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