Eight do-it-all dresses: trophy gúnas make it easier to get dressed

Refresh your wardrobe with a versatile dress – the perfect foundation for the new season

Spring into style and say yes to the dress.

Spring into style and say yes to the dress.

 

Navigate the new season with a trophy dress – the spring do-it-all dress is a combination of winning sartorial highlights all bundled into one easy-to-wear item.

It might be floral or silk, feature a pussy-bow neck, asymmetric hems, or graphic prints – whatever decorative details you choose – a midi-length will deliver maximum versatility. The optimal length and style is one that sits somewhere between your mid-calf and above your ankle, skims your silhouette, and that features sleeves for practical and style purposes.

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Topshop €68.

 Functioning as an entire outfit in one, the trophy dress eliminates any distress in the getting dressed process making for easy spring styling. But don’t think this dress is just aesthetically pleasing, it’s a hard-working, 9am-9pm item, that will see you through a working day into evening with just a simple slick of lipstick.

When it comes to making it work in the office the key is to layer –try a polo neck in a muted tone underneath or transform it into a chic skirt with an addition of a crisp crewneck. For post-desk dining, add a sleek blazer and heeled ankle boots, and the forementioned sweep of lipstick.

Graphic print dress, Û29.95, Zara
Graphic print dress, €29.95, Zara
Floral dress, Û199, Uterque
Floral dress, €199, Uterque

The do-it-all-dress hasn’t gone unnoticed by the street-style style set either, with show goers across the globe giving sartorial masterclasses in how to wear the hero dress. Dressing it down with dad trainers for fashion brownie points or layering it over jeans for a very chic and chill-battling combination. Not forgetting, that a bright, statement-making midi has all the qualities that would want in a street-style garment: the silhouette is forgiving, the print pops when photographed and it doesn’t require much accessorising.

Wrap style floral dress, Û239, Ganni, Arnotts
Wrap style floral dress, €239, Ganni, Arnotts
Dress, Û68, Topshop
Dress, €68, Topshop

One of the stand-out styles of the street (and the season) is the Gabriella dress from online brand Kitri, which sold out in 45 minutes creating a 800-strong waiting list.

Green floral dress, Û59.95, Mango
Green floral dress, €59.95, Mango

Since Kitri’s inception last year, the brand have proven successful in the pretty-midi dress market. And the triumph continues with their spring smash hit.  The soft green belted midi with a floral print debuted on the streets of NYFW on blogger Charlotte Groeneveld, styled in an off-the-moment combo of puffa jacket and chunky trainers.

“We love Charlotte’s sense of style and she loved the dress, so it was the perfect fit. We were worried as it was so cold over at fashion week but I loved how Charlotte styled it with trainers and a big pale blue puffer.” says Haeni Kim, founder and creative director of Kitri.

Flute sleeve polka dot dress, Û295, Essential Antwerp
Flute sleeve polka dot dress, €295, Essential Antwerp

Kim also attributes the popularity of the dress to “the combination of bold green colour, vintage-inspired print It’s the perfect dress and colour to get you in the mood for spring”. The appeal is understandable – balancing affordable, desirable and versatile while still being timeless. The Gabriella dress is out of stock for the moment, but put your name down for it and shop for our other favourite trophy dresses you can buy now.

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