No one wants to be faffing around working out which top works with which pair of trousers at 7am on a gloomy day. It’s one of the main reasons why stylish dresses are such a go-to for hassle-free dressing: what’s not to love about a chic look that looks, and literally is, effortless?
Luckily, I’ve rounded up the best dresses on the high street right now. All it takes is one to instantly update your wardrobe… Happy shopping!
Zara does seriously good printed midis and this one is a great example. The simple shirt style stops it from looking too statement, too.
Wear with: White trainers and crossbody bag.
Thanks to the smart silhouette but mini length, this dress toes the smart/casual line, making it perfect for a day drink outfit with friends.
Wear with: Cream chunky boots and a clashing coloured mini bag.
Looking for something chic and modest, but crucially, not boring, to wear to work?
Wear with: Tan loafers and tiny gold hoops.
This zebra print midi is just crying out for a bottomless brunch, isn’t it? In a fluid but not skin-tight silhouette, it’s ideal.
Wear with: Strappy white heels and a bold red lipstick.
This is an excellent slinky option for a wedding, particularly an all-day one where you need to look glamourous for the evening ‘do.
Wear with: A navy blazer and white mules.
As much as this would be great dressed up for drinks with the girls, it’ll also look great paired with chunky boots on a rainy day.
Wear with: Black boots and a crossbody bag.
A pastel printed dress in a slinky fabric is a must in your wardrobe: pull this out for baby showers, christenings and weddings.
Wear with: Strappy silver heels and a matching clutch.
This bold maxi isn’t for the faint-hearted, but the minimal shape grounds it nicely and I guarantee you’ll get a ton of compliments.
Wear with: Leather flats and a chunky gold necklace.
A navy dress a no-brainer: they look seriously chic and are easy to dress up and down.
Wear with: Tan flats and a oversized tote bag.
This mint polka dot maxi is perfect for a countryside wedding: the print will stand out amongst all the florals (and actual flowers), and the sleeves will keep you warm into the evening.
Wear with: Gold platform heels and a cream fascinator.
This high-necked number is perfect for going from desk to drinks: just swap your shoes and throw on a red lip.
Wear with: Gold earrings and strappy black mules.
Gingham isn’t just for summer, try a monochromatic colourway to give the print a little autumnal edge.
Wear with: A denim jacket and white trainers
Fruit-print dresses are big news right now and it’s easy to see why: they’re quirky, cute and you’re less likely to spot anyone else in them.
Wear with: Black leather sandals and a delicate gold necklace.
Denim dresses are the perfect option for an in-between day: you won’t need a jacket if it’s windy, and if the sun makes an unexpected appearance, pop a vest dress underneath and wear it open.
Wear with: Leather knee high boots and a mini rucksack
If you’re planning to see some winter sun, this punchy pepto-pink dress deserves a holiday. Throw it on over a white bikini for a poolside lunch.
Wear with: Flip flops, a beach bag and white sunglasses.
A statement dress is perfect for summery evenings in the city. Keep your accessories pared-back and allow it to do all the talking.
Wear with: Black flats and a black crossbody bag.
Obviously a slinky maxi was going to pop up somewhere, and this one is perfect for Saturday evening cocktails.
Wear with: Black heels and tons of gold jewellery.
The perfect floaty smock for those days when comfort is key, this dress can easily be smartened up for work, or dressed down for weekend.
Wear with: White trainers and tortoiseshell sunglasses.
Party season here we come! The bold red of this cotton number means it’s equal parts dressy and casual so where it for any and every occasion.
Wear with: Matching red platforms and a mini handbag.
Get your Christmas party outfit sorted early with this satin shirt dress. Then after the event it’ll work great worn with dad-fit black trousers.
Wear with: Strappy heels and giant hoop earrings.
A floaty Boho maxi is ideal for keeping cool if you’ve got a busy day of errands.
Wear with: Statement cowboy boots and a hands-free bag.
If you’ve still got a destination wedding waiting for you this year, you need a statement printed dress and this wrap midi complete with puff sleeves is the one.
Wear with: Clashing green mules and a beaded handbag.
Take this cobalt dress out for a fancy dinner ASAP. The cutaway back is perfect for flashing a little flesh but if it gets chilly add a white blazer on top.
Wear with: Gold heels and gemstone earrings.