This Is the Most Versatile Dress on the High Street—4 Ways I'm Wearing It This Summer

As a fashion editor, I'm often asked what the most versatile pieces are in any wardrobe, and it shouldn't surprise you that my answer is a classic black dress. Understated and always transcending trends, a classic black dress can be whipped out to fit seamlessly into any dressing occasion—it's great for so much more than just evening events, and I'm happy to prove it.

But where to look for the perfect one? Well, I've long been a fan of & Other Stories for its French-inspired striped knits and forever denim; the brand continues to offer pieces that can be worn season after season with the quality to match. So naturally, this is where I turned for a do-it-all black dress, and the Slim Satin Midi Dress (£97) ticks all my boxes. With a slight racer neckline, fluid drape and super-versatile midi length, this dress can rise to all occasions.

Once you've secured the dress, the fun can really begin. From office looks to date nights, there are so many ways to take this slip-style frock to new heights with just a little styling. To save you the effort of thinking up ideas or hunting down outfit inspiration, I'm giving you four ways to style this wear-everywhere dress below. Feel free to thank me later.

1. Office Days

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Style Notes: When it comes to spring/summer dressing for the office, less is more. Add a polished, work-ready feel with a crisp white button-down and slip on some elegant yet understated sandals, courtesy of H&M. To complete the look, this basket bag adds to the warm-weather feel and is roomy enough for all your essentials and more.

2. Shopping Trip

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Style Notes: As someone who's done a lot of shopping in their time, I've learnt a thing or two, and wearing a dress is a must for a day spent in and out of changing rooms. A hands-free crossbody bag is perfect for sifting through racks and trainers are a must as we hit the streets. Finish with a light denim jacket for an extra layer and simple jewellery.

3. Date Night

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Style Notes: Whether headed to dinner or an evening show, the satin midi offers that perfect harmony of smart-casual. Add a leather jacket in a playful spring shade for a relaxed edge to contrast the elegance of the sleek mules. Finally, a smattering of gold jewellery and a love-forever handbag are always a good idea.

4. All Occasions

Collage of black jacket, pearl necklace, gold clutch, gold shoes and black midi dress

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Style Notes: Summer party season has arrived, bringing with it an array of reasons to get dressed up. From birthdays to weddings and garden parties, a classic black dress can rise to the challenge. For milder evenings, add a light jacket and go full force on playful accessories that fit the luxe appeal of the occasion.

Florrie Alexander
Acting Affiliates Editor

Florrie embarked on her fashion journey while studying French and History at university. Whilst studying in Aix-en-Provence, she began to write her dissertation on the history of fashion and the influence of Haute Couture, and landed her first role at Harper’s Bazaar. Following this, she interned for various publications including Elle, Grazia and Marie Claire before joining the fashion team at Conde Nast Traveller. There, she contributed to international photoshoots, styled pages and covers, and produced engaging digital content.

During a freelance period, Florrie honed her skills in editorial work in various digital and print publications including Vogue Italy and Departures magazine, as well as styling e-commerce photoshoots and personal shopping. Florrie actively pursues an in-depth understanding of fashion and jewellery, and after styling a jewellery cover shoot at Conde Nast Traveller chose to complete the De Beers Diamond Foundation course. Florrie first joined Who What Wear UK as a freelancer before becoming the Commerce Writer, blending both editorial and commercial content. Now, as the Acting Affiliates Editor, she monitors current trends, new-in styles, wardrobe heroes and how best to style them. In her downtime, Florrie can be found in her hometown of London, usually with a coffee in hand.