The "Naked" Dress Trend Your 2021 Wardrobe Is Crying Out For

Maxine Eggenberger
·3-min read

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. And while we've undoubtedly tried to make the most of the opportunity to dress fabulously afforded to us during the festive season, we still long for the day when we can celebrate with our loved ones without the words "bubble" and "two metres" coming to mind. We anticipate 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 spring/summer 2021 collections all featured 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 when our social lives resume.

"Across the 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 your first drinks party 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 have debuted for 2021, then proceed to shop our favourite options.



Materiel Black Cutout Woven Midi Dress (£495)

Alix NYC Shiloh Midi Dress (£195)

Iris & Ink Washed Silk Slip Dress (£145)

Free People Ophelia Midi Dress (£328)

COS Blackless Knitted Slip Dress (£79)

Anna October Spetses Black Satin Midi Dress (£445)

H&M One-Shoulder Dress (£50)

Christopher Esber Twisted Quartz Cut-Out Jersey Dress (£852)

Arket Asymmetric Dress (£89)

AllSaints Lalita Slip Dress (£99)

Cult Gaia Emily Knit Dress (£288)

Emilia Wickstead Judita Pinktucked Cotton-Velvet Mini Dress (£412)

H&M Fine Knit Dress (£50)

Marks & Spencer Lace Round Neck Knee Length Shift Dress (£59)

Zara Mini Dress with Vent (£30)

Dodo Bar Or Shila Scooped-Back Satin Dress (£525)

Karen Millen Panelled Fluid Midi Dress (£95)

Reiss Bella Velvet Midi Dress (£165)

Khaite Nina Notched Ribbed Dress (£830)

Bondi Born Rouleau Open-Back Maxi Dress (£580)

Victoria Beckham Open-Back Knit Midi Dress (£1190)

Maggie Marilyn Fate Has Bought Us Here Halterneck Dress (£390)

Zara Limited Edition Lace Detail Dress (£100)

& Other Stories Open Back Midi Dress (£65)

Proenza Schoulder Cold-Shoulder Cutout Dress (£1515)

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