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

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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.

"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.



Reformation Alexei Dress (£180)

Omnes Riviera Cami Slip Midi Dress in Black (£55)

Khaite Nerissa Jersey Dress (£1260)

Vesper Plus One Shoulder Maxi Dress With Thigh Split in Black (£62)

Raey Slip Dress (£295)

Miu Miu Bow-Embellished Dress (£1320)

COS Cut-Out Midi Dress (£69)

Alessandra Rich Rose-Velvet Slip Dress (£3005)

Abercrombie & Fitch Halter Maxi Dress (£110)

Rixo Zadie Black Jacquard Maxi Dress (£255)

La Perla Silk Slip Dress (£995)

COS Halter Neck Dress (£69)

Bottega Veneta Knotted Strap Satin Dress (£1440)

New Look Curve Two in One Ribbed Cutout Midi Dress in Black (£24)

Abercrombie & Fitch Asymmetrical One-Shoulder Maxi Sweater Dress (£72)

Abercrombie & Fitch Mini Sweater Dress and Mockneck Shrug Set (£99)

Free People Third Form Ring Out Slip Dress (£228)

Osman Dana Black Lace-Up Maxi Dress (£695)

Polo Ralph Lauren Jersey Turtleneck Dress (£170)

12 Storeez Twist Strap Midi Dress (£141)

& Other Stories Criss Cross Strap Midi Dress (£65)

Free People Neo Rib Sweater Dress (£158)

Karen Millen Curve Soft Tailored Waterfall Dress (£160)

Bec & Bridge Dilkon Black Stretch-Cady Maxi Dress (£200)

Hollister Mini Ruched Dress (£45)

Vivienne Westwood Midi Dress (£325)

Collective the Label Curve Plunge Volume Sleeve Midi Dress in Black (£75)

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