Party Season Is Here! 26 Chic Dresses That You Can Wear Now And Well Into 2024


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Oumayma knows the power of an amazing dress, as proven here by her feathery 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 Magda Butrym floral applique 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. PS, some of them are included in this year's Black Friday promotions!

Shop My Edit of the Best Designer Dresses:

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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 twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content 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, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV 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, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.