I Always Wear a Dress for Date Night—Here Are 23 to Take as a Plus-One


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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? Two, who are you going with? If it's a first date, it might change things. But as someone in a relationship of over six 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 super 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.


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Oumayma wearing feathered dress by Nervi. 

One thing I've noticed is that red dresses are coming in hot—hardly surprising when it's the colour du jour. When it comes to details, cutouts have taken over from cleavage-flashing frocks, square neckline dresses and bandeaus are the universally flattering style to rely on and don't forget that 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 23 dreamy dresses for the next occasion. Keep scrolling to find which styles have made my final list...

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Freelance Fashion Editor

Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor who has been part of Who What Wear's extended team since 2017. She previously worked in print at Look magazine and has since worked across print, digital and social for many other titles, including British Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Refinery29 and Marie Claire. Also a stylist, Harriet has had the pleasure of producing cover shoots and editorials along with commercial shoots for brands including Boux Avenue, Watches of Switzerland, Benefit Cosmetics and Revolution. To add to this, Harriet also works in live TV styling for ITV’s This Morning.

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