New Year, New Dress

The Modern Dress Decoded

This season’s most-wanted dresses deliver a skilfully modern take on classic designs, from the elevated shirtdress and long-line sweater dress to a radical rethink on the prairie dress. Add key embellishments – the keyhole cut-out, the fabric-tie waist – and you have the one-stop secret to contemporary chic.
Image: Ulla Johnson Resort 23/Julia Noni

The Powered-Up Prairie Dress

Ulla Johnson injects modern flair into a vintage classic. Boasting the puffed sleeves, fitted bodice and long skirts of the original, Johnson adds a tie-dye print, handkerchief hem and asymmetric seam, bringing a bold city spirit to the prairie.

The Sumptuous Sweater Dress

Set aside notions of the original ’80s sweater dress, with its loose shape and thigh-high cut. The contemporary take is long, lean and luxurious. This modern maxi skims the figure in a sumptuous spin on body-con. Result? Your new work-to-weekend favourite.

The State-Of-The-Art Shirtdress

Reimagined at midi length, with a knife-pleat skirt and relaxed jersey polo shirt, this exquisitely updated shirtdress conjures the illusion of two pieces stylish paired together. A clever-meets-chic design that nails the new softened power dressing.

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