If there's one thing we're certain about from the past 12 months of fashion, it's that 2017 was the year of the dress. Of course, every other option under the sun existed and had some airtime, but it really seemed like everyone was obsessed with frocks. But we're not talking about simple LBDs here: The dresses of the year took the form of bold hues and prints, with flirty, floaty shapes and occasional statement sleeves. We have a theory on why we were all so obsessed with dresses. With brands such as Ganni, Rixo London, and Rouje creating cult dresses, which were both super wearable for day and night, it had a sort of knock-on effect, with more brands churning out chic frocks for us to snap up.
Of course, there were plenty of other key brands and pieces that stood out the most, with street-stylers, influencers, and A-listers all becoming seduced by the allure of the prettiest of pretty dresses. And, good news for leaner budgets out there: it wasn't all about designer styles either. There were plenty of dresses that were just as popular on the high street. We've come up with a list of the biggest and most popular dresses of the year—and the good news is, some of the exact styles are still available to shop now (some are even marked down for post-Christmas sales!) Keep scrolling to see our pick of 2017's dresses of the year.
Réalisation: Violette Dress
Balenciaga: Strangled Print Dress
Style Notes: For the more adventurous, there was this Balenciaga dress. Most opted to wear it over trousers—and we can see why. However, a pair of ankle boots would work just as well.
Ganni: Any Style
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Style Notes: If you didn't wear Ganni in 2017, did you even get dressed? We're joking, of course, but seriously, this Danish brand was on everyone. And it was the dresses that made the biggest impact, which is why we couldn't just pick one stand-out piece.
Rejina Pyo: Greta Dress
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Style Notes: One of the most exciting new designers, Rejina Pyo, had the whole Who What Wear team swooning at her recent show. Why? Well, the brand's dresses are flirty without being too much, so you won't feel constricted in them. Kate Foley is a massive fan and often pairs hers with Vans.
Diane von Furstenberg: Printed Silk Crepe de Chine Dress
Style Notes: If you want to know what's cool right now, all you need to do is look to what Lisa Aiken of Net-a-Porter is wearing. We spotted her and many other fashion insiders in this gorgeous cult dress by Diane von Furstenberg back in September, and now we want it too (P.S. it's on sale).
Attico: Wrap Dresses
Vampire's Wife: Falconetti Dress
Style Notes: For those who aren't into floral frocks, Vampire's Wife is for you. The gothic cut and fabrics have made these a go-to in A-list circles, with the likes of Keira Knightley and Alexa Chung looking understated-cool and like they'd definitely wear these flattering pieces again and again.
Tibi: Plissé-Satin Midi Dress
Style Notes: On paper, pleated green fabric doesn't sound great. But in reality, thanks to Tibi's mint version, it looks chic and minimalistic. We'd pair this with a pair of bright-white sneakers.
Céline Dress: Belted Dress in Satin Crepe
Style Notes: Of course Céline made a super covetable dress this year. In a muted millennial pink, this dress could be worn in a variety of ways (tied or untied; with sneakers or boots) and was spotted all over fashion week.
Topshop: Floral Tea Dress
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Style Notes: It wasn't just designer brands that made dresses everyone wanted to wear. Topshop's pink tea frock made the cut. And while it's no longer available, you can shop a similar style below.
Rixo London: Any Dress
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Style Notes: Rising stars Rixo London created some of the prettiest and fun dresses of 2017. Both Who What Wear UK's editorial director Hannah Almassi and Who What Wear's editor-in-chief Kat Collings loved them.
Marks and Spencer: Constellation-Print Dress
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Style Notes: The constellation dress from Mark's and Spencer was a massive hit with the Who What Wear readers. Not only was it seriously glam, it didn't cost much. While it's sold out, there is a similar version with sheer sleeves, which will last you through to wedding season.
Rouje: Tea Dresses