Should You Waste Your Money on This Dress Style in 2017?

Hilary George-Parkin
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Reformation

Even for those of us who, back in October, were thrilled for the chance to break out our black tights once again, the arrival of spring has us eager for bare-legged days ahead. Floral shifts, breezy shirt dresses, gingham-printed minis—everything you want to wear for al fresco dining and weekend adventures.

And no one does warm-weather dresses quite like Reformation, the Los Angeles–based brand that manages to make clothes that are both sustainable and consistently cool. So, as we get serious about our autumn shopping, we asked Yael Aflalo, the brand's founder and creative director, what trends she's most excited about this season—and which ones should be stowed away for now.

"We're getting back into some Ref favourites, like lace-ups and off-the-shoulders, as well as incorporating new stuff, like bustier tops and suiting," Aflalo says. "You'll also be seeing a lot more linen—it's perfect for the humid weather and way more sustainable than similar fabrics like cotton."

In fact, the brand has a whole category dedicated to its Linen Collection online, so you can stock up for the season. And while suiting may not seem like a likely dress trend at first glance, look no further than Ref's blazer-inspired Graphite Dress and button-down Etienne Two Piece (in summery stripes or subtle checks) to dispel that notion.

The latter is one of Aflalo's favourite pieces, along with the off-the-shoulder Coral and Framboise dresses, and the feminine Sayulita and Shirley styles. "All are super easy that you can wear every day or throw in a bag for the weekend or vacation," she says.

As for which trends the brand is avoiding for S/S '17, think anything that will weigh you down. "We like things really easy and lightweight, so we'll be staying away from styles and fabrics that are too boxy or heavy," she explains. "Just flattering, breezy pieces, so you can keep that effortless thing going." Sounds good to us.

Below, shop Ref's top dress trends of the season.

Next, read up on the autumn trends that will flatter every body type.

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