Summer into Fall Dresses

text by Nicole Spellman   photos courtesy of Barneys New York

The peak of summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to invest in wear-now-through-fall dresses. Here, eight savvy Barneys buyers wearing seven trends share the ones they’re loving right now—plus, tips on how to style the most versatile dresses of the season.

THE TREND: Geometric Print

Marina Larroudé, Fashion Director

HOW SHE WEARS IT: Our Fashion Director has an effortlessly feminine personal style and loves a graphic dress for its one-and-done sensibility. “The print on this Barneys New York dress speaks for itself, so I’ve kept my accessories neutral. I paired it with an on-trend raffia bag to bring a beach vibe to the city streets.”

THE TREND: Feminine Florals 

Lauren Church, Assistant RTW Buyer 

Tangley Baumgarten, Assistant Shoes Buyer

HOW THEY WEAR IT: Your weekend wedding staple can work overtime with a casual accessories swap. “The great thing about a floral-printed dress is that it can be dressed up with statement jewelry and stilettos or dressed down with sandals,” says Tangley. She pairs her Ulla Johnson dress with a boho sandal while Lauren wears her A.L.C. style with a braided Barneys New York mule.

THE TREND: White Maxi

Meredith Hinshaw, Associate Buyer, Designer Handbags and Sun

HOW SHE WEARS IT: Rethink summer’s breezy maxi by styling in structured pieces like a tailored blazer, boxy bag, and classic slingbacks. These pieces transition the vacation staple into city life that can last way beyond Labor Day. “Plus, topping a blazer over a spaghetti-strap dress keeps the look polished for the office,” notes Hinshaw.

THE TREND: Shirtdress 

Gabrielle Cadet, Assistant Buyer, Women’s Designer RTW

HOW SHE WEARS IT: A shirtdress is a workwear staple but Gabby updated the silhouette by playing with fashion-forward accessories, like a logo-embellished Balenciaga bag and sparkly Tabitha Simmons booties. “I’m drawn to statement pieces—things that are impactful enough to start a conversation.”

THE TREND: Color Pop

Gurki Basra, Senior Buyer, Jewelry and Watches

HOW SHE WEARS IT: Take a cue from Gurki and don’t shy away from color this summer—in fact, go all in pairing together primary hues like bright yellow and bold blue. To balance out this dress’s asymmetric cut, Gurki accented with a few bold bracelets. “Stacking my vibrant Mark Davis bangles complemented the silhouette of the dress. I even wore a Chloé bag that practically feels like another bracelet thanks to the metal handle.”

THE TREND: Sweatshirt Dress

Victoria Lee, Associate Buyer, Men’s Developing Designer

HOW SHE WEARS IT: “Working in men’s fashion, I am influenced by a lot of grunge and sporty trends,” says Lee, who loves the feminine take on ashleisure exemplified in this Givenchy sweatshirt dress. To keep her waist defined in the oversized silhouette, she simply added the accessory of the season, a belt bag. “This Wandler bag simultaneously adds dimension while allowing me to stay hands-free.”

THE TREND: Flirty Wrap Dress

Mara Goodman, Assistant Buyer, Women’s Designer RTW

HOW SHE WEARS IT:  A mini wrap dress is a perfect wardrobe addition, especially for frolicking around the city. “The combination of polka dots with ruffles make this FiveSeventyFive dress both youthful and flirty. I took a cue from French-girl style by wearing a bold red lip too.” says Goodman. Master that certain je ne sais quoi with no-fuss white sneakers, a cross-body bag, and trusty sunnies.