Dress Season Is Here! 26 Chic Dresses That You Can Wear Now And Well Into Summer


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Karina knows the power of an amazing dress, as proven here by her bold ruffled style.

I might be a fashion editor, but the reality is that I don't own that many designer pieces. I'm very frugal and give every purchase I make serious consideration, more often than not talking myself out of spending anything at all. At least, anything that doesn't feel absolutely worth it. However, that doesn't mean I don't appreciate designer clothing—far from it. In fact, I think my lack thereof has meant I don't take any designer pieces that I do own for granted; their shine and appeal never fade. I believe anything high-end should make you feel the same way, which is why I regularly take time out to unearth the very best designer pieces for you, and today, it's all about dresses.


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Marilyn wows in a Sonya Moda Nour dress.

Whether you're heading to a wedding or looking for the perfect style for your end-of-year party, dresses are at the fashion forefront right now, and there's certainly no shortage of beautiful options to consider. However, when it comes to finding the best designer dresses, unlike when you invest in a bag and want it to be classic, I believe a designer dress should be more of a showstopper. You know, the kind of statement "wow" dress that'll get everyone talking.

But which designer dresses are the best this season? I went on a deep dive; these styles made me come up for air.

Shop My Edit of the Best Designer Dresses:

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

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 InStyle.co.uk’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.