18 black dresses that’ll work for every upcoming event in your diary

Posted by for Fashion

Welcome the black dress back into your wardrobe 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 Topshop faux leather dress that’s championing autumn/winter 2019’s biggest trend – these are the 18-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 everything in between – 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 to plan is your 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.

  • Marques' Almeida dress

    Marques' Almeida

    Tiered seersucker dresses aren’t just for summer – make them work for winter by opting for a maxi style. Style it with trainers for day and chic heels for evening. 

    Tiered seersucker maxi dress, £430, Marques’ Almeida

  • Allsaints dress

    Allsaints

    The green velvet version sold out within a few days (it’s back in stock now, FYI) we predict the black one will go just as quick. Go, go, go!

    Noa velvet slip dress, £138.60, Allsaints at johnlewis.com

  • Zara dress

    Zara

    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. 

    Sequinned dress, £95.99, Zara

Saloni

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. 

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

Topshop

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. 

Black faux leather shirt dress, £55, Topshop

Joseph

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. 

Marlene crepe jersey dress, £375, Joseph at harrods.com

Ganni

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. 

Floral-print linen and silk-blend midi dress, £410, Ganni at net-a-porter.com

Zara

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!

Mixed fabric dress with bow, £25.99, Zara

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. 

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

Alexis

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. 

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

& Other Stories

& Other Stories dress
Best black dresses: & Other Stories

Ruffles, golden detail and a frill hem – enter the party dress that’s just made for every festive occasion.

Printed ruffle bib midi dress, £95, & Other Stories at stories.com

Warehouse

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. 

Velvet sequin mesh mini dress, £59, Warehouse

Vince

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. 

Floral-print crinkled-crepe midi dress, £350, Vince at net-a-porter.com

Ghost

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. 

Gabrielle satin dress, £169, Ghost at johnlewis.com

Nanushka

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.

Lais loose-fit satin midi dress, £525, Nanushka at selfridges.com

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.

Curves black corduroy belted shirt dress, £25.99, New Look

Mango

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!

Long beaded dress, £169.99, Mango

Loewe

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. 

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

Opening image: Getty

All other images: courtesy of brands

Share this article

Recommended by Harriet Davey