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.