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Drop it Low with Summer 2024’s Nostalgic Dress Trend

The latest news in dresses? Drop-waist dresses have become summer’s standout silhouette, and are currently trending.

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“Nothing beats the drama of a ravaged drop-waist dress from the 1920s.” Photo: Getty

Trouser waistbands were sky-high on the spring/summer 2024 runways, with models at Loewe slipping their hands into ribcage-skimming pockets, meanwhile Alaïa’s barrel-leg trousers were cut just below the chest. The news in dresses, however, is quite the opposite: drop-waist dresses have become summer’s standout silhouette.

Jil Sander’s collection featured several drop-waist dresses, which came with ribbed tank top uppers and full skirts; then there were the sheer turtleneck tops and scalloped waistbands seen at 16Arlington’s fall/winter 2024 show. Look 53 from Ferragamo’s show, meanwhile, featured a fitted bodice and pleated skirt. Jonathan Anderson also moved away from his high-waisted propositions for fall/winter, opening the show with a hat-trick of maxi dresses, finished with low, hip-skimming skirts and giant buckled belt adornments.


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Challengers fever has also inspired sporty takes on the drop-waist silhouette. Zendaya wore a custom, crystal-swathed Loewe tennis dress for the film’s photo call in Milan in April, while her stylist Law Roach was behind the bespoke, drop-waist Thom Browne dress – complete with a polo collar and racket appliqué – that she wore to the London premiere.

“Nothing beats the drama of a ravaged drop-waist dress from the 1920s,” says contributing beauty editor Tish Weinstock, who has moved away from the ’90s and Y2K styles that have dominated the fashion landscape, in favor of 1920s and ’30s pieces. She regularly scours eBay, Vinted and Etsy in search for treasures from bygone eras.

Check out the drop-waist dresses as seen on the runway below.

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Photo: Getty

drop-wait dresses

Photo: Getty

drop-wait dresses

Loewe Fall/Winter 2024. Photo: Getty

Valentino Fall/Winter 2024. Photo: Getty

Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2024. Photo: Getty

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