10 red dresses for any occasion

The colour red has a rich history and ever-evolving connotations. It signifies passion, love, courage, wealth, luck and joy (as well as anger, sacrifice and danger). And it’s at this moment in the year that red is particularly on our radar, following on from events such as Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. With this in mind, our thoughts are turning to red dresses: the perfect statement piece in any lady in (ahem) red’s wardrobe.

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1. Skating season

Ted Baker, Josey Button Detail Skater Dress


Slip on your skates in this gorgeous peplum skirt style dress and get to your local park pronto. Perfect for layering underneath a checked blazer or trench coat and finishing off with a beret. We love the comfort of jersey and this deep burgundy shade screams autumn winter.

Ted Baker, Josey Button Detail Skater Dress, £149.00


2. Laidback linen

Biba, Square Neck Linen Dress


These ruffles are pretty much guaranteed to get you compliments wherever you wish to sport it. The square neck makes a wonderful frame for all of your favourite necklaces and the mid-length sleeves flatter all shapes and sizes. This was made to have a dance in (dancing girl emojis incoming).

Biba, Square Neck Linen Dress, £22.00


3. Playful plaid

Kendall and Kylie, Long Sleeve Shirt Dress


Look to Kendall and Kylie Jenner for the right way to design a relaxed, checked shirt dress. We like the above-the-knee cut with a rough, frayed hem and embroidered floral detailing. Wear buttoned up all the way underneath a chunky knit or unbutton the top two and pair with black tights and biker boots, to nail that “unbothered” approach.

Kendall and Kylie, Long Sleeve Shirt Dress, £85.00


4. Nautical knot

Superdry, Womens Jayde Dress


We see dresses with pockets as a cut above the rest and this midi dress is a great transitional piece for when temperatures begin to rise (eventually). Its adjustable straps and elasticated back are designed to keep you ultra-comfy, and this pop of coral red is sure to put a smile on your face.

Superdry, Womens Jayde Dress, £32.00


5. Constructed corduroy

People Tree, Franca Corduroy Dress


We are big layering advocates, and this corduroy dress from People Tree was made to layer over your best skinny jeans – go with a dark blue or black wash. The length of this dress also lends itself to versatility. Earn yourself some extra style points and try something new.

People Tree, Franca Corduroy Dress, £55.00


6. Wrap waist

Studio 8, Orla Wrap Jacquard Dress


Make a real statement in this ultra-feminine silky number. The wrap-around style feels super secure but it’s the airy kimono sleeves and subtle all-over jacquard print that won us over. Toughen things up with some block-heeled leather knee highs and a black, leather jacket.

Studio 8, Orla Wrap Jacquard Dress, £45.00


7. Cute cable knit

Gant Cable Dress


We adore this knitted number from Gant. If you’re a little bit strapped for time, this rich, red wine dress can easily take you from day to night with a few simple switches, from casual trainers to chic heels. It really is all in the detail, with its classic crew neck and ribbed trims.

Gant, Cable Dress, £88.00


8. Major mesh

DKNY, Mesh Panel Dress


Ooze sophistication in this DKNY knee-length dress in a true red shade that really packs a punch. We’re particularly keen on the timeless cap sleeves and pleated skirt, while the layered mesh fabric gives it a modern update.

DKNY, Mesh Panel Dress, £105.00


9. Lounge in long sleeves

Jack Wills Falstone Long Sleeve Midi Dress


The ideal at-home dress for those days when you don’t have the time to mull over your outfit trying on multiple different options and producing a ‘floordrobe’. Throw this on and feel an instant mood boost (and instantly more put together).

Jack Wills, Falstone Long Sleeve Midi Dress, £26.00


10. Bold bodycon

Armarni Exchange, Short Sleeve Dress


Perfect for any special occasion, slipping into this figure-hugging short-sleeve dress from Armarni Exchange will immediately make you feel like your best self. Partner with red lipstick and your most-loved pair of stilettos for fuss-free glamour.

Armarni Exchange, Short Sleeve Dress, £70.00