I've Never Seen Designer Dresses Quite as Special as These 26

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.

Bettina Looney wears a Cecilie Bahnsen dress. 

Whether you're heading to a wedding or simply looking for a stylish way to navigate the balmy summer days, 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, it always pays to stick to classic, never-date styles that will stand the test of time. The last thing you want to do is spend your hard-earned money on something that quickly begins to feel passé. That's not to say that you need to stick to "safe" patterns and colours—so long as you have a proven track record of wearing them by way of more affordable clothes, there's a good chance you'll get sufficient wear and love out of a more premium option, too. 

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

Taller Marmo dresses always look incredible, but I’m really into the new wave print the brand is currently exploring. 

Christopher Esber is known for creating cut-out pieces with sophisticated flair. 

A Brit brand with serious staying power. This little black dress with feather cuffs is fun but timeless. 

Cult Gaia is known for its laid-back styling and is an incredible gateway into the world of designer dresses. 

Green dresses might be having a moment, but dresses such as this are a lifetime commitment. 

Alongside its showstopping runway looks, Gucci also creates quiet, alluring pieces, such as this black dress, that aren’t bound to a particular season.

The designer dress brand everyone in fashion wants to own this year. 

With flounces and glittering textures as standard, The Vampire’s Wife is your (and Kate Middleton’s) go-to for cocktail attire. 

This has all the appeal of a black-tie gown, but the cut and colour make it wearable for a myriad of events. 

With this dress, it's all in the details, like the delicate pearl embellishment and the scallop edging. 

Little white dresses look just as chic as little black dresses. Just ask Galvan.

This Christopher Kane dress feels timeless in its colour palette but directional in its cut-outs and chain waistline. 

Charming silhouettes are signatures at Erdem. This looks as if it should be worn by Florence Pugh in Don’t Worry Darling. It’s that beautiful. 

Khaite pieces are practically collector's items, making this dress all the more appealing. 

They might have a casual air, but Matteau dresses are easily elevated with shoe, jewellery and bag choices. 

Over the years, pink has proven itself to be a wise style investment, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Valentino might have owned it on the A/W 22 runway, but this Roksanda dress is the pink piece currently catching my eye. 

The cool clash of prints will make for a playful addition to your dress line-up. 

Editor in Chief Hannah Almassi gets so much use out of her Three Graces dress. 

It wouldn't be a designer dress edit without Alexander McQueen; it’s akin to being in the presence of royalty. 

This is a colour combination I’d never have thought would work—thank goodness for Johanna Ortiz’s design courage. 

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