21 black dresses that’ll work for every last minute event

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The black dress back is the one item in your wardrobe that’ll work for every festive soirée in your diary. 

There are some pieces that’ll stick around in your wardrobe for a lifetime, such as a chic camel coat, or a crisp white shirt, and the little black dress is one of these. Although it’s now more about the versatile 24/7 midi, there’s mini and maxi styles this season that are also party perfection. 

From the puff sleeve Ganni frock the style set are already snapping up, to the H&M+ faux leather dress that’s championing autumn/winter 2019’s biggest trend – these are the 21-best black dresses that are anything but boring. There’s even an organza bow style from Zara that’s under £30 and looks more designer than high street.

Seeing you through every Christmas party, soirée and beyond – there’s nothing a black dress can’t do. Luckily, we’ve made a very fine edit of the top styles that’ll suit all shapes, sizes and budgets. 

Now the only thing you’ve got left is your very last minute Christmas shopping! Psst we’ve also helped you out there with our handy gift guides – from the under-£200 designer buys to the fashionable homeware you’ll want to keep for yourself and even pressies for the man in your life, we’ve thought of it all! You’re welcome.

  • Oasis

    Oasis dress

    This uber flattering midi dress with high neck, tie waist and perfect length is an all round winner. 

    The sleek star print is the winter alternative to florals. 

    Shop Oasis star midi dress, £55

  • Zara

    Zara dress

    We know a ‘wow’ dress when we see one and this sparkly number from Zara is just that. Let it do all the talking by wearing with barely-there strappy heels and a sleek top handle bag. 

    Shop Zara sequinned dress, £95.99


Saloni dress
Best black dresses: Saloni

The golden buttons, glossy velvet fabric and chic side split creates the perfect midi dress. Wear your hair up to show of the collar detail and complete with heeled mules. 

Shop Saloni + Vynx Taro button-embellished velvet midi dress at net-a-porter.com, £650


Topshop black dress
Best black dresses: Topshop

We can always rely on Topshop to release a black It dress everyone will want. Style this faux leather number for day with a polo neck and knee-high boot. Switch to heels and layered jewels for after-dark. 

Shop Topshop black faux leather shirt dress, £55


Joseph dress
Best black dress: Joseph

A simple long-sleeved black dress will go the distance in your wardrobe. Make it a Joseph dress and you’re guaranteed to keep it for a lifetime. 

Shop Joseph Marlene crepe jersey dress at Harrods, £225


Ganni dress
Best black dresses: Ganni

Ganni creates cult piece season after season, and this time it’s all about the puff sleeve floral frock. Wear with western boots for a high-low look. 

Shop Ganni floral-print linen and silk-blend midi dress at net-a-porter.com, £205


Zara dress
Best black dresses: Zara

Organza everything is key this year. Mix the sheer fabric into your party looks and you’ll be instantly glamorous. Need proof? Just take a look at this under £30 frock!

Shop Zara mixed fabric dress with bow, £25.99

Jil Sander

Jil Sander dress
Best black dresses: Jil Sander

Halter neck styles have made a comeback this year, and this classic, effortless style by Jil Sander will stay in your wardrobe for the rest of time. 

Shop Jil Sander virgin wool maxi dress at mytheresa.com, £1,610


Alexis dress
Best black dresses: Alexis

Everything about this dress makes it the showstopper your wardrobe deserves. Pair with subtle golden earrings, classic barely there strappy heels and a slick of red lippie. 

Shop Alexis leticia striped flared-hem woven midi dress at selfridges.com, £520

& Other Stories

& Other Stories
Best black dresses: & Other Stories

Mini, quilted and puff sleeved – enter the party dress that’s just made to be worn with spot tights and platform shoes. 

Shop & Other Stories quilted voluminous puff sleeve dress, £120


Warehouse dress
Best black dresses: Warehouse

A sequin mini dress is the party hero you’ll want to join you on the dance floor. Whether you opt for heeled ankle boots or sleek mules, you’ll wear this one on repeat. 

Shop Warehouse velvet sequin mesh mini dress, £59


Vince dress
Best black dresses: Vince

Spaghetti strap dresses are the 90s comeback we welcome with open arms. Team with a baguette shoulder bag for a double hit of nostalgia. 

Vince floral-print crinkled-crepe midi dress at net-a-porter.com, £245


Ghost dress
Best black dresses: Ghost

It’s the dress brand all fashion editors love, and you will too. You’ll be able to wear this printed style with sleek knee-high boots for day, and swap to velvet platforms come evening. 

Ghost Gabrielle satin dress at johnlewis.com, £84.50


Nanushka dress
Best black dresses: Nanushka

It brand Nanushka is a favourite among the most stylish women. Opt for this sleek silky wrap dress and we guarantee you’ll wear it to so many different occasions year after year.

Shop Nanushka Lais loose-fit satin midi dress at net-a-porter.com, £364

New Look

New Look black dress
Best black dresses: New Look

If you want something you can wear for day and dress up for evening, then a shirt dress is a go-to. Pair with chunky ankle boots for a cool twist on a classic. Note: it also comes in sizes 18-28.

Shop New Look curves black corduroy belted shirt dress, £19.50


Mango dress
Best black dresses: Mango

This effortlessly stylish maxi dress is guaranteed to get everyone asking where you got it from – we guarantee no one will guess it’s from the high street. Thanks, Mango!

Shop Mango long beaded dress, £169.99


Loewe dress
Best black dresses: Loewe

Trust Loewe to create the dream dress. However you style it, it’ll be worth every penny considering how many times you’ll wear it. 

Shop Loewe velvet-trimmed silk and cotton-blend dress at net-a-porter.com, £1,700

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