36 Amazing Evening Dresses You’ll Wear Forever

Whether it’s festive parties, spring weddings or the big summer season, there are occasions to dress for all year round. And fun as it may be to buy a new dress for every event, it’s an expensive business – so instead, our advice is to invest in one amazing, knock-out piece that you’ll go back to time and again.

It may be hard to commit to just one, but Harrods is the place to turn to if you don’t know where to start. You don’t have to head to the Knightsbridge flagship to get a dose of what’s on offer – the British behemoth’s online selection of luxury labels just about rivals its killer variety of more affordable designer names too (that means Needle & Thread, Self-Portrait, Rixo and more); plus, with laces, florals, sexy silk slips and tulle designs all on the agenda, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love wearing over and over again.

Need proof? Here are the 36 designs we love right now – minimal accessorising necessary…


Worth investing in because: Of their timeless credentials – you can never go wrong in a black dress.
What to go for this season: Eschew the LBD, and instead opt for midis with a twist; lace panels, velvet inserts and subtle floral overlays are upping the ante on the simple black dress for Autumn/Winter.
Our hero pick: Giambattisa Valli’s Floral Embroidered Lace Midi Dress. It may not be cheap, but glamour like that is an investment worth making.


Why it’s worth investing in: The glam factor – berry reds, emerald greens and opulent blues have an instantly decadent feel.
What to go for this season: Rixo and Self-Portrait are dominating the statement dress market. Look to their sequinned offerings in sapphire shades for a killer festive edit – just add black accessories for balance.
Our hero pick: Decadent, sexy and cool, Stella McCartney’s burgundy velvet slip dress is just the right side of Jessica Rabbit style.


Why it’s worth investing in: Romantic, feminine and elegant… Pale, pastel hues are always in style. Even if pinks and neutrals aren’t your thing, baby blue still has timeless appeal.
What to go for this season: Dose up on saccharine details – sequins, tulle, beading and embellishment give already girly pieces an extra dose of drama.
Our hero pick: Needle & Thread’s ruffled, bow-neck cold-shoulder blue dress shouldn’t work, but it does – just add silver strappy heels.

Pinks & Reds

Why it’s worth investing in: Pink and red are having a moment, but a bright colour always works for evening wear regardless. Plus, both are great shades, whatever your skin tone.
What to go for this season: Bold is best – block colours in bright Barbie hues and pillar box tones are the fashion girl’s way to create an impactful night-time look.
Our hero pick: A surprising foray into evening wear by cult beachy label Dodo Bar Or, the Loretta Devore mini dress is proof the brand’s heading in the right direction.

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