I'm Not Much of a Dress Fan, But These 21 Styles Stopped Me in My Tracks

The best party dresses are like gold dust: They can be an irritatingly difficult thing to find even in the winter when sequins, sparkle and glitter abound—nobody wants a same-dress scenario, after all. But we're here to tell you that there are so many dresses to choose from that you can't fail to find something you'll love. There are so many, in fact, that the decision-making moment can be hard to pin down, which is not ideal if you're attending a wedding, birthday or a fancy festive soirée.


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Nina knows the power of an amazing party dress.

So if you answer yes to any of the three following statements, we think we can help you out with your quest:

1. Your needs to look incredible and memorable but not so OTT that you feel you cannot wear it ever again.

2. If you're a Brit, you'll no doubt want your party dresses to hold some double-duty potential; there are many pieces here that you can layer up for colder-weather look.

3. Your diary is crazy busy, and you don't have time to go to every single store in the world to find the perfect frock.

Did you answer yes to any of the above? Thought so. Keep reading because we've put together an editor-approved shopping list of the best dresses out there that'll work for every occasion—from black tie to festive brunch dates. 

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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. Back to Who What Wear. With hundreds of published stories on site, Harriet knows what the WWW reader wants. Keeping up to date with the latest It buys and runway trends, she can guarantee to keep you one step ahead of the most stylish people. When not writing or styling, Harriet loves to go shopping (yes, more fashion). If she’s not in a local Hackney bar or restaurant, you can find her forever searching for her next holiday destination.