I Always Wear a Dress for Date Night—Here Are 21 to Take as a Plus One

Ellie wears a pink Gucci dress. 

When it comes to date-night dressing, there are so many factors to consider. One, where are you going? and two, who are you going with? If it’s a first date, it might change things. But as someone in a relationship of five years, I tend not to focus too much on impressing (sorry, other half) and more on giving some of my favourite outfits a well-deserved night out. And when it comes to digging a look out from the back of my wardrobe or even opting to buy something new if it’s a special occasion, there’s one item I always rely on: a dress. It cannot, I repeat, cannot fail. When it comes to choosing said dress, anything goes, but of course, I’ve gone on a hunt to decipher the ones actually worth buying.

Emili Sindlev wearing pink Valentino dress. 

One thing I’ve noticed is that pink dresses are coming in hot. And with Barbiecore being big news and Valentino labelling it the colour of the year, I’m not surprised. When it comes to details, cutouts have taken over from cleavage-flashing frocks, square neckline dresses are the universally flattering style to rely on and you can pick between a mini, midi or maxi depending on your preferred style. 

Seeing as I haven’t had a date night for a few weeks, I’m seriously tempted to invest in one of these 21 dreamy dresses for the next occasion. keep scrolling to shop.

If they can’t appreciate a Gucci dress, then they’re not for you. 

The colour will do all the talking so you don’t have to. 

J.Lo approves of this one, so who am I to argue?

Fashion’s favourite dress right now, and for a good reason. 

A black dress will never, ever fail. 

I love the print, the detail, the length and of course, the fact it has pockets. Oh, and it comes in green, too. 

I would wear this puff-sleeve mini with knee-high boots and an oversize blazer.

The perfect picnic dress (if you remember to take a blanket to sit on). All you have to pack is a pair of heels to make it work for after dark. 

How fun is this sequin mini?

This one can be dressed down with flats but will still look polished. 

I’m imagining this one on a sunny weekend walk and then maybe the pub after.

For a chic date, look no further than The Outnet for a more designer dress. 

A fitted knit dress is an understated way to do body-con on a date. 

For somewhere super special this dress will be The One. And it also comes in eight other colours. 

It will have to be someone special to bring out a Rixo number. 

Pink is the colour of the year.

Never underestimate the power of a staple shirtdress.

Such a fun mini when you’re on vacay. 

A “wow” dress that needs little styling to look incredible. 

Cutouts are the new cleavage. 

Just add power platforms and layers of gold jewels. 

The skinny halterneck strap with low back makes in 360-degree perfection.

Sustainable label Deidei creates limited style that are made to last. I would wear this strappy number with a slick of red lippie and mules. 

I first spotted this dreamy dress on Instagram, and I still can’t believe it’s from the high street. 

Next up, eight easy dinner date outfit ideas.