The warm weather is, unexpectedly, back and with it a rather large wardrobe conundrum. At the end of a pretty miserable and gloomy august, I packed away my linens and sandals and reintroduced boots and blazers into my capsule wardrobe. Now some may say I was a tad too hasty with the switch, but it always pays to be prepared, right? Little did I know the UK would be blessed with a heatwave in the first week of September and most of my wardrobe, in all its cosy knit, denim and leather glory, would be rendered redundant.
But what does one wear when they've stashed away all the shorts and mini skirts in the loft and is suddenly in desperate need of a weather (and work) appropriate 'fit that still looks and feels good? Enter, the dress. A great dress is possibly one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe, and will work hard for you all year round, no matter the weather. In fact, yesterday morning when the Who What Wear team Slack channel was buzzing with questions on what to wear to the office this week, it seemed there was only one solution. A dress would have to do!
And where can you find a pick of the best dresses out there? Right here, of course. Not only have we done our research in terms of key trends for 2023, but we’ve also found styles you’ll be wearing way beyond this season. These are frocks you’ll be able to pull out in 2025 and still be smug about how great they are. And the best bit is that they can be worn now, in this spectacular warm weather, and well into autumn too with a quick change of footwear (swap the sandals for knee-high boots) and by adding a few layers like a blazer or cashmere knit. So you really get your bang for your buck.
Scroll on to discover the 16 that made the cut.
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