French Women Were Right All Along: This Is the Best Dress Trend Ever

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The knitted dress trend has been back in a seriously big way in 2021. You might not have realised this, of course, because in many ways it's the kind of frock that never really goes out of fashion. However, there's one key component of this year's style that French women have been nailing for ever. When it comes to knitted dresses en France, les françaises are more likely to opt for a fitted version. No saggy, loose-fitting sacks for our friends across the channel, thank you very much. Instead, it's about considered knitwear that is more bodycon and has some kind of structure.

Case in point is Khaite's chic black version which I spotted on Camille Charrière some time ago. The sweetheart neckline is what really makes this dress sing but I love the demure nature of the long sleeves too. This season, the brand has brought out a new version of that dress but this time it's all about off-the-shoulder silhouettes. I also love Ellie Delphine's rainbow Christopher John Rogers fitted and backless version as well.

As for brands that are doing this trend well right now, there's figure-hugging ribbed dresses from Mango, Ganni and Arket, plus a high-necked belted version from Zimmerman that's a wardrobe classic-in-the-making. I'd wager you'd be hard pressed to find a knitted dress you didn't like in the edit below. Keep scrolling for more.

Style Notes: The back! The colours! The fit! Everything about this knitted dress is parfait.

Style Notes: Knitted dresses are ideal maternity wear.

Style Notes: A slightly looser fit for sure, but note how it still fits around the waist and on the arms.

Style Notes: Ellie Delphine's love of knitted dresses shows with this exceptional version too.

Style Notes: Camille Charrière wearing that Khaite dress.


Alanui Open-Back Long-Sleeve Dress (£1275)

Zimmermann Concert Long-Sleeve Knitted Midi Dress (£1441)

Khaite Off-Shoulder Scalloped Dress (£1803)

Totême Scoop Neck Wool Dress (£702)

Ami Amalia Ribbed-Knit Dress (£552)

H&M Knitted Dress (£25)

& Other Stories Rib Knit Midi Dress (£65)

Arket Knitted Strap Dress (£59)

Cos Knitted Off-Shoulder Tube Dress (£40)

Mango Knit Cotton-Blend Dress (£36)

Ganni Long-Sleeve Melange Knit Dress (£195)

Isabel Marant Étoile Meg Knitted Maxi-Dress (£325)

Mozh Mozh Leba Striped Knitted Dress (£130)

Acne Studios Slub Stitch Knit Dress (£510)

Nanushka Canaan Knit Turtle-Neck Dress (£305)

Remain by Birger Christensen Evial Army Green Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress (£190)

Jonathan Simkhai Espreranza Camel Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress (£520)

Galvan Rhea Teal Ribbed-Knit Cardigan Dress (£525)

Ganni Knit Tank Dress (£275)

Zara Ribbed Knit Midi Dress (£28)

Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends to know.

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