The 21 Dresses That Really Mattered in 2019

Being on the cusp of a new year always inspires reflection. Reflection on the 365 days gone by and the things that defined them. And, fashionably speaking, we can say without a shadow of a doubt that 2019 was defined by one particular item: dresses. 

In fact, 2019 granted us more cult dresses than any previous year. Our frock fixation kicked off early—m.92's smock dresses was the first It dress to emerge—and things only progressed from there, taking us up to, well, right now, where Ghost's velvet dress continues to dominate our Instagram feeds. 

In the spirit of reflection, we decided to honour the cult dresses of 2019 by bringing them together in this, one of our many end-of-year round-ups. Keep scrolling to see the most coveted dresses of the year. If anyone has collected them all, we want to hear from you!

ASOS
Cult Dresses 2019: @styleidealist wears an ASOS dress

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Frugal and fancy, it's little wonder ASOS's floor-grazing checked maxi took off in April (and continued to prove popular throughout the summer). 

CECILIE BAHNSEN
Cult Dresses 2019: @maria_bernad wears a Cecilie Bahnsen dress

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Easily one of the most desirable brands of 2019, too, Cecilie Bahnsen's oversized dresses sparked a new, incredibly comfortable dress trend, for which we're ever thankful. 

DÔEN
Cult Dresses 2019: @pandorasykes wears a Dôen dress

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Another summer dress brand that spiked during the warmer months was U.S. export Dôen, whose whimsical designs won over editors and influencers alike. 

FAITHFULL THE BRAND
Cult Dresses 2019: @lucywilliams02 wears a Faithfull the Brand dress

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You could barely go anywhere in London—or the globe—without seeing someone wearing a Faithfull dress this summer, with this blue offering becoming the brand's signature style.

GANNI
Cult Dresses 2019: @heartzeena wears a Ganni dress

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Ganni is no stranger to creating a cult-worthy dress, but this green checked maxi proved to be its most sought-after to date. 

GHOST
Cult Dresses 2019: @nicoleocran wears a Ghost dress

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Ghost may be known for its beautiful bridesmaid dresses, but in 2019 its designs piqued when it came to this wine velvet creation. 

GÜL HÜRGEL
Cult Dresses 2019: @hannahalmassi wears a Gül Hürgel dress

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With puff sleeves, a belted waist, a gorgeous pink hue and kitsch daisy print, this Gül Hürgel dress practically had the word "cult" written all over it. 

RIXO
Cult Dresses 2019: @babba wears a Rixo dress

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While this list could have been made up entirely of Rixo dresses, its multicolour polka-dot design had the most hype surrounding it. 

KITRI
Cult Dresses 2019: @wethepeoplestyle wears a dress from Kitri

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With a waiting list in the thousands, this gingham Kitri number is a strong contender for Dress of the Year. 

M.92
Cult Dresses 2019: @charlottejacklin wears an M.92 dress

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Ah, the dress that started it all—a cotton floral frock from London start-up, m.92. 

NANUSHKA
Cult Dresses 2019: @venswifestyle wears a Nanushka dress

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Previously considered frumpy and dated, Nanushka (in particular, this dress) is single-handedly responsible for the jumper dress revival we've witnessed in 2019. 

RÉALISATION PAR
Cult Dresses 2019: @tanyaburr wears a Réalisation Par dress

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Réalisation Par wasn't about to leave the spotlight for other brands to seize—this yellow slip dress cemented its status as a need-to-know dress brand. 

REJINA PYO
Cult Dresses 2019: @handinfire wears a Rejina Pyo dress

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Second only to perhaps its bags, Rejina Pyo's 2019 mark was made by this dreamy satin dress. 

ROSETTA GETTY
Cult Dresses 2019: @monikh wears a Rosetta Getty dress

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Worn by both Monikh Dale and Lucy Williams, as well as a host of other sartorially blessed influencers, best commit the name Rosetta Getty to memory, as we have a feeling this brand is going to be just as prevalent in 2020. 

ROTATE BIRGER CHRISTENSEN
Cult Dresses 2019: @emilisindlev wears a dress from Rotate Birger Christensen

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Co-founded by Instagram royalty Jeanette Madsen, it's little wonder Rotate Birger Christensen has enjoyed huge success in 2019. This dress, however, has a big part to play in that, too. 

SELF-PORTRAIT
Cult Dresses 2019: @aimeesong wears a dress from Self-Portrait

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Forgoing its trademark heavy lace, Self-Portrait's most noteworthy dress came at the start of the year in the form of this crèpe thigh-split number. 

SLEEPER
Cult Dresses 2019: @pennygoldstone wears a Sleeper dress

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Having started out life as luxe nightwear, Sleeper's dresses—namely this gingham, off-the-shoulder dress—also granted it daywear appeal. 

& OTHER STORIES
Cult Dresses 2019: @asos_lotte wears a dress from & Other Stories

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While we'd gladly take any dress made by & Other Stories, this sellout floral, puff-sleeve dress will always be the one that got away.

TOPSHOP
Cult Dresses 2019: @florriet wears a dress from Topshop

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At £39, Topshop's angel-sleeve dress literally flew off the shelves. 

WAREHOUSE

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By all accounts, Warehouse made a major comeback in 2019, with this mint dress winning the affections of many a Who What Wear UK team member. 

Zara knows how to create a must-have, and this tiered, oversized dress was no exception.