If there’s one thing I know, it’s dresses. My wardrobe is full of them, and I wear them 99.9% of the time. I’ve always struggled with casual (long-time Who What Wear readers will have repeatedly read about my ongoing struggle with denim—sorry to be a bore!), so easy, good-looking frocks are my most trusted fashion staple.
I have affordable ones that I wear each and every week. I have special, more expensive ones that come out for important occasions or big meetings. I have those in-between, mid-priced options that bridge the gap between casual days and fancy ones. I own styles that are ultra-summery and best for heatwaves and holiday packing, but I’ve also got a fair number of clever, trans-seasonal styles that can work layered up and with tights in winter or with bare legs and sandals during warmer months. I even have dresses that I’ve made at home because I can’t always find the exact colour, shape or fit I’ve been dreaming of. I have some It dresses, I suppose—although, I’m always very careful to buy something that really speaks to my personal style and that I know I’ll wear even when its cult status has worn off. I may own a lot of frocks, but entry into my wardrobe isn’t easy. I’m a pretty discerning customer who values quality and longevity above all else.
On Hannah: Kitri Luna Dress (£165). So who could be better positioned to bring you a very trustworthy edit of the best new-in dresses than a self-confessed frock obsessive with a very picky taste? No one! Here are the loveliest styles I’ve seen this month…
I’m really, really not a minidress kind of person, but if there’s one that could totally talk me around, it’s this super-chic, timeless, elegant and ultra-flattering one from New York–based designer Rosetta Getty.
Reformation’s inclusive sizing options make every other brand just look plain lazy. How fabulous is this green-velvet number?
I really rate Warehouse’s dresses for both a good fit and when it comes to finding something on the high street that’s a bit more unique but not overly expensive. This floral fabric feels suitably out there!
It’s just very, very chic and infinitely wearable.
I have a wedding to attend in June. It’s a city one, and I think this recycled moiré, bow-fronted beauty ticks all the boxes. Mad to consider something already? Never!
I’m never upset when leopard print has yet another moment—it just works. This ’80s-tinged dress is a real winner and does all the hard work of making an impact for you. Just add gold earrings and go.
I actually can’t believe this isn’t designer. Right now, this Spanish brand does some of the most exciting pieces for under £200.
I am lucky enough to already own one Dôen dress, and it gets a lot of airtime, so it wouldn’t be ludicrous to get another one… right?
This caught my eye while I was in my local M&S buying some lunch, and I keep thinking about how premium it looks.
It’s the kind of easy-peasy throw-on dress that I’ll get so much wear out of… so long as I don’t spill anything on it.
Taller Marmo is the dreamiest partywear brand, and I aspire to be the kind of woman who wears this to a soirée.
This tea-dress style from Ghost has become a regular fixture in my wardrobe. I have a more summery version in pink and now this iteration, which works well with bare legs and sandals as well as tights and boots.
Ever since I saw a close-up shot of this dress’s cut-out chain detail in a lookbook months and months ago, I’ve been keen to see it drop online and to investigate the whole damn thing from neck to hem. It doesn’t disappoint and feels like a really grown-up way to do the ongoing trend for revealing skin.
Anything in this shade of old-school lingerie pink just gets me every time. This is beautiful.
I am head over heels in love with the super-bohemian dresses of Spanish designer Celia B. Every one is a party, with plenty of details, prints, crafty finishes and swishy cuts. This one is my current favourite.
The S/S 22 shows have proven that black cut-out dresses are still going to be popular well into next year, and this one looks really premium. Nice for party season but also great for next summer’s holidays.
I’m at the stage where this gallery should just become a story full of COS dresses. They’re that good right now.
I have two plain dresses in this shape and wear them on repeat each winter. They look cool worn loosely but also feel a bit sassier with a vintage belt.
Chloé’s new collection has been created by designer Gabriela Hearst, and to say it’s going to be popular is an understatement. Expect to see this incredible striped dress (along with the matching bag) during fashion month and on Instagram in no time…
Rixo strikes again! This time, I’m hooked on its autumnal paisley prints, a trend that I think we’ll see a lot more of next season.
It’s back! JW Anderson’s ultra-popular knitted midi dress has returned for autumn, and in a different colour: cream. So elegant, comfy and easy to re-style with different shoes and boots.
Marant’s autumn paisley prints are coming in, and they’re lovely. On the runways, they were styled with chunky waist belts and cowboy boots, so you can toughen up these pretty patterns or keep them light and sweet with strappy sandals.
There’s a big movement for modestly cut knitted dresses, and this is a very chic version I’d regret not having when the temps drop.
Australian designer Christopher Esber’s cut-out waistlines have become something of a phenomenon this year, and his summer pieces have been selling fast. The trend is set to continue well into autumn/winter (no, fashion people don’t feel the cold), and I think this cashmere-blend version does the look in a very sophisticated, subtle way. This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated. Next up, these are the winter trends we’re planning to wear. Opening Images: @hannahalmassi