The “Naked" Dress Trend Your Wardrobe Is Crying Out For

Party dresses. Remember those? We're not talking about those with oversize silhouettes or cosy, woollen textures. Instead, we're reminiscing of a time when we had a reason to party in our fanciest frock. But with any luck, we won’t need to reminisce this year. Now that we’re in October, we think talking about party season is fair game, and boy, are we excited at the prospect of wearing something glam. We’ve been anticipating it so much that we already know what we'll wear to such an occasion—an update on a bonafide wardrobe staple.

Black dresses are classic—this we know—and it seems our favourite designers have been inspired by its timelessness, for the most noteworthy collections all feature a unique take on the black dress. Boasting design details like asymmetric hems, thread-like straps, alluring necklines, and figure-hugging cuts, these are no everyday black dresses. They're incredibly sexy black dresses, which were literarily made for, hopefully, a party season to remember. 


(Image credit: @annelauremais)

"Across the new collections, we saw designers playing with the idea of a 'naked dress,' using slinky silhouettes, body-con, and racy cutouts, however, it was the black dresses that really stood out to us—and buyers," says Who What Wear UK editor Emma Spedding. "According to Moda Operandi, Jacquemus's black slip dress was its top-selling piece from the pre-orders. Designers such as Khaite and Victoria Beckham created dresses that played with cutouts on the neckline, strap detailing and a mix of knits and light fabrication. This is a post-lockdown dress to have in your wardrobe on standby for when you want to wear something truly fabulous."

If you're in any need of further encouragement, scroll below to see the sexy black dresses designers showcased this year, then proceed to shop our favourite options. 



(Image credit: JACQUEMUS)


(Image credit: KHAITE)


Victoria Beckham
(Image credit: VICTORIA BECKHAM)


Rosetta Getty
(Image credit: ROSETTA GETTY)


Gabriela Hearst
(Image credit: GABRIELA HEARST)


Victoria Beckham
(Image credit: VICTORIA BECKHAM)


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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.