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

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The knitted dress trend has come back in a seriously big way in 2021. You might not have realised this 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 wearing forever. When it comes to knitted dresses in 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 body-con and has some kind of structure.

Case in point: 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 an off-the-shoulder silhouette. I also love Ellie Delphine's fitted and backless rainbow version from Christopher John Rogers.

As for brands that are doing this trend well right now, there are figure-hugging ribbed dresses from Mango, Ganni and Arket, plus a belted version from Nanushka 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 perfect.

Style Notes: Knitted dresses are ideal maternitywear.

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

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

Style Notes: Here,Charrière is wearing that Khaite dress.


Staud Carnation Dress (£235)

Khaite Off-Shoulder Scalloped Dress (£1803)

Abercrombie Wide Rib Midi Sweater Dress (£72)

Cos Midi Tube Dress (£79)

Nanushka Canaan Caramel Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress (£375)

H&M Rib-Knit Dress (£25)

Petar Petrov Erica Army Green Ribbed-Knit Silk Midi Dress (£880)

Fp Beach Last Minute Midi (£68)

Reiss Jodie Neutral Knitted Midi Dress (£198)

Mango Striped Jersey Dress (£60)

Ganni Long-Sleeve Melange Knit Dress (£195)

Altuzarra Woodbine Dress (£628)

Polo Ralph Lauren Aran-Knit Wool-Blend Dress (£305)

Zara Knit Short High Neck Dress (£30)

& Other Stories Rib Knit Midi Dress ($85)

Arket Knot-Detail Knitted Wool Dress (£89)

Acne Studios Ribbed-Knit Dress (£420)

Karen Millen Funnel Neck Knitted Jumper Dress (£76)

Dodo Bar or Knit Tank Dress (£520)

AND/OR Maxine Knit Jumper Dress (£79)

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

This story was published at an earlier time and has been updated.

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