Despite not being much of a dress person, I find that every time I put on a printed frock, there's a sort of strange fashion alchemy that occurs. No longer am I just a slipper-clad working-from-homer stuck in a never-ending cycle of moving from desk to fridge to sofa. Rather, I am the lady of the manor, an 18th-century duchess who spends her mornings reading quietly by the window and afternoons swishing 'round the house calling for more Earl Grey tea, please, butler (aka husband). Social isolation has done funny things to all of us, okay?
I honestly believe there is something about a dramatic dress that can distract from the day-to-day boredom and, even if it's just in a small way, help us to feel a little bit special—whether it's for Skyping family or making a cup of tea. Well, with everything from florals and checks to polka dots and animal prints being embraced this season, there are plenty of options available right now, each one with the potential to imbue us with a different mood.
Who will you be today? The '60s It girl in Rixo's sunset shades or a Jane Austen heroine clad in puff-sleeve florals? An '80s matriarch with a penchant for animal print or a beach-dwelling Cali girl in floaty checks? The dress world is your oyster. So really, all I'm trying to say is whether you rediscover a love for those old favourites buried deep in your coset or discover a new style (there are plenty to feast on below), now is the time to use fashion as escapism. See you on the other side.
Scroll down to see and shop my feel-good printed-summer-dress edit.
Shop Our Printed-Dress Edit
H&M Cotton Kaftan Dress (£35)
Zimmermann Wavelength Ruffle Midi ($575)
Topshop Black and White Gingham Cross Back Smock Midi Dress (£15)
Topshop Multicoloured Puff Sleeve Frill Midi Dress (£25)
Ganni Zip-Hem Tiger-Print Silk-Blend Dress (£103)
Horror Vacui Lisi Ruffled-Collar Floral-Print Cotton Dress (£615)
Joseph Dalamo Poplin Blanket Dress (£297)
ASOS Design Curve Plisse Maxi Dress With Asymmetrica Hem in Green Ditsy Floral Print (£35)
See by Chloé Printed Poplin Dress, Black/White (£75)
& Other Stories Striped Cotton Midi Dress (£75)
& Other Stories Voluminous Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£95)
Stine Goya Jasmine Printed Cotton-Blend Mini Dress (£280)
Nasty Gal Once and Floral Puff Sleeve Mini Dress (£15)
Rixo Phoebe Midi Dress (£147)
Temperley London Crochet Print V-Neck Dress (£750)
Dorothy Perkins Khaki Spot Print Tie Sundress (£17)
New Girl Order Curve Sheer Pleated Maxi Dress With High Neck in Washed Floral (£40)
Tallulah & Hope Martha Cake Multi (£225)
& Other Stories Sheer Lyocell Blend Maxi Dress (£135)
V by Very Tiered Printed Midi Dress - Print (£38)
This piece was published at an earlier date and has been updated. Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know.
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