Watermelon dresses are a thing and we want in

Ah, the joys of Instagram

watermelon dress

Ah, the joys of Instagram

Is there anything that says summer more than watermelon? No, we don’t think so. And given the rainy weather we’re having, we’re clinging onto anything remotely summery. Like watermelon dresses.

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What are watermelon dresses, we hear you ask? Well, it’s a cute little trend that’s taken Instagram by storm, and we want in. It involves a clever optical illusion.

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You basically cut a watermelon slice in the shape of a dress, and hold it over someone in the background so it looks like they’re wearing it. They key is to get the perspective right.

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But if you’re one of those people who ‘holds’ the Eiffel tower or ‘props up’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you’ve got this covered.

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If you search for the hashtag #watermelondress on Instagram, you’ll see there are some rather clever designs out there too.

Extra style points if you get your pug involved.

Now... pineapple dresses next?

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.