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The Case for Statement Dresses (as seen at NYFW)

Featured, Persons of Interest, Street Style  /   /  By Sarah Wetmore

Statement dresses showed up at New York Fashion Week in a major way. We couldn’t hardly blink without missing another one that we wished so badly would somehow clone itself and fly into our closets at home. The dresses we’re craving for fall are bold, bright, and unafraid of flaunting some serious in-your-face patterns. We’d bet you’ll agree that dresses are one of the most underappreciated workhorses in the modern fashionista’s wardrobe. One item can nearly make your entire outfit. One item can be accessorized to suit any occasion. One item can be layered in ways that give it (and your #OOTD) new life. So if you’re ready to welcome a powerful timesaving new one-piece into your rotation (and who isn’t!), join us in pouring over the following street style snaps we collected recently in New York City.

  1. Let Prints Be Your Guide. All graphic motifs and multi-generational interpretations are welcome this season—even ‘80s geometric patterns.
  1. Turn the Volume Up! Voluminous tops have been trending this season, but why stop there? Dresses with scrunched-up sleeves and ruffled tiers all fit the bill.

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  1. Layer Like You Mean It. Anyone can layer over a dress, but are you bold enough to experiment with layering under your Sunday best? Try a crisp button-down and boyfriend jeans for a front row ensemble.
  1. Embrace the Rainbow. Bold primary colors are popping up on runways, but you can translate the trend for your lifestyle right now by cozying up to green, yellow, purple, and of course (the it color of the moment), pink!
  1. Celebrate Your Dress’ New Best Friends. However it became acceptable (encouraged even!) to pair frocks with flats, we’re oh-so-grateful. Finally a holiday from heels and a respite from aching tootsies. This season, just add white sneakers (the Energizer Bunny of the street style world) or loafers to your look, and bam! Last-all-day-and-yes-even-night chicness!

Is it already too chilly for dresses in your area? Stay tuned! On Friday, we’ll show you how to keep wearing your lighter dresses in cooler weather.

In the meantime, see more fall trends we love.

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