13 Silk Dresses You’re Totally Going To Fall For

PHOTO: COURTESY SELFRIDGES

PHOTO: COURTESY SELFRIDGES

Silk, as a fabric, is the epitome of luxury. It’s been worn by royalty throughout history, from South Asia to Europe. It’s super soft and adds a touch of elegance to any outfit. It looks great as a simple, tailored piece, or something flowy and textured. Its versatility makes it a staple in any wardrobe! Dresses are a great way to wear silk- it can be tricky to style with other textures, so dresses are easy and still very on trend.

With silk, it’s generally better to invest in a really high quality piece that will last you a while and fit well, rather than buy something cheap that won’t last as long and might not fit you as well. Here, we’ve gathered thirteen of our favorite options. From short, summery beach dresses, to stunning full length evening gowns, to quirky vintage-esque numbers, there’s something here for everyone!


 
Photo: Courtesy Nordstrom

Photo: Courtesy Nordstrom

 

Topshop Jacquard Pintuck Satin Midi Dress

$95 at the time of publication

This dress has a really simple cut, but it’s modern and flattering on all body types. It features a midi length skirt, a high collar, and long sleeves. The silk fabric is a gorgeous teal color, and has subtle floral patterning. Vertical pleating helps to lengthen the figure. The overall modesty of this piece makes it great for workplace events, but it can be styled a little edgier and worn to parties or concerts! Wear with ankle booties, a duster jacket, and a statement pendant necklace.

 This dress is available at Nordstrom.com


 
Photo: Courtesy Nordstrom

Photo: Courtesy Nordstrom

 

Joie Gyan Floral Silk Dress

$239 at the time of publication

 The sixties vibe this dress gives off is very fun and summery! It’s short and has long cuffed sleeves, but the fabric is very light so you can stay cool in the warmer months. It drapes lightly over the figure and features a tie neck. The bold yellow flowers against the black background add a modern twist to this pretty piece! It looks great with sandals or platform heels to keep up the 60’s vibe, and a leather jacket is the perfect finishing touch to pull it all together.

This dress is available at Nordstrom.com


 
Photo: Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

Photo: Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Stella McCartney High-Low Silk Dress

$3,745 at the time of publication

This dress is soft and elegant. It features a rippling high-low skirt, halter neck, and plunging back. It’s regal and luxurious, but still wonderfully simple, and quite timeless. The color makes it appropriate for both day and night wear.  It’s a great piece to wear to outdoor weddings, especially when it’s warmer. The shortness of the skirt in the front lends itself well to a pair of statement sandals! Upper arm cuffs are a really cool and different way to accessorize this piece.

This dress is available at SaksFifthAvenue.com


 
Photo: Courtesy Anthropologie

Photo: Courtesy Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie Photorealistic Silk Dress 

$260 at the time of publication

 The bright, photorealistic flowers on this dress lend a quirky, playful air to the piece. It’s a swing dress, so it’s casual and great for everyday wear. The detailing is subtle but stunning; a pair of crystal buttons hold the back closed, and the pink flowers are a lovely contrast to the blue. It feels very young, but still sophisticated enough to wear out and about! This piece is ideal for spring; it looks great with white jewelry and shoes (especially sandals!)

This dress is available at Anthropologie.com


 
Photo: Courtesy Anthropologie

Photo: Courtesy Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie Majesty Mini Dress

$575 at the time of publication

The sequin embellishments and drop waist on this mini dress bring a touch of the 1920’s into 2019. This dress is unapologetically bold and eye catching; it looks like it was pulled from a cool vintage store (in the best way possible!) It’s just funky enough that you can wear it with classic heels to fancier events, or with fishnet tights and combat boots to concerts and parties. The rougher texture of the sequins goes well with a velvet jacket or blazer. 

This dress is available at Anthropologie.com

 
Photo: Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

Photo: Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Burberry Pascala Puff Sleeve Silk Dress

$1,190 at the time of publication

The patterning on this dress looks like the silk prints of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (The Great Wave of Kanagawa) It’s moody and dramatic, with neutral colors and intricate natural landscapes. The elaborate patterning is a nice contrast to the simple structure of the dress- high collar, cuffed sleeves, and sharp pleats. Equally edgy but still simple accessories put the finishing touches on this piece- point-toe shoes or boots in a neutral color and plain silver or gold jewelry will tie it all together nicely.

This dress is available at SaksFifthAvenue.com


 
Photo: Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

Photo: Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Jonathan Simkhai Embroidered Silk Dress

$318 at the time of publication

This delicate white silk dress is light and Victorian-esque, but still very up to date. It’s definitely something that Mina Murray from Dracula would wear! The soft, draped sleeves have simple cutouts, and the skirt has a tiny lace hem. The detailing on this piece really takes it to the next level. This piece goes great with vintage jewelry, especially cameo brooches/pins and longer pendant necklaces. Wear with lace up boots to keep the Victorian heroine look going, or try gladiator sandals for a beachy look.

This dress is available at SaksFifthAvenue.com


 
Photo: courtesy Urban Outfitters

Photo: courtesy Urban Outfitters

 

 UO Floral Jacquard Tie-Shoulder Mini Dress

 $30 at the time of publication

 This dress could have been plucked straight off the set of Moulin Rouge. It features a structured bustier top, a ruched back, and subtle floral patterning. The color is vibrant and fresh; it’s a good one to wear at the beginning of spring, to bring some color back into your wardrobe after the winter! It can be styled as something a bit more edgy with a leather jacket and chunky heels or boho with strappy sandals and lots of layered jewelry.

This dress is available at UrbanOutfitters.com


 
Photo: Courtesy Urban Outfitters

Photo: Courtesy Urban Outfitters

 

UO Satin Midi Slip Dress

$50 at the time of publication

The simple piece is the perfect replacement for your little black dress! It has a delicate, but prominent structure and thin spaghetti straps. It can definitely be styled as something edgy, with a flannel and chunky boots. It can also be worn as something more elegant; delicate high heels or sandals and a few simple pieces of jewelry can go a long way!

This dress is available at UrbanOutfitters.com


 
Photo: Courtesy Topshop

Photo: Courtesy Topshop

 

Wrap Shirt Silk Dress by Boutique

 $230 at the time of publication

This dress is a soft, feminine rose silk, but it features a more masculine collar and loose sleeves. The contrast of these elements is visually quite interesting and makes for a really unique piece. There’s a high side slit so that you can show some leg, and the plunging neckline is great for showing off a statement necklace. This is the dress you wear while lounging on a Parisian balcony with a glass of wine, watching the sun set. It looks wonderful with strappy heels!

This dress is available at TopShop.com


 
Photo: Courtesy Revolve

Photo: Courtesy Revolve

 

A.L.C. Claire Dress in Poppy

$575 at the time of publication

This dress is sleek and classic. It has a belted waist, simple v-neck, and flowy handkerchief hem. The color is absolutely stunning, and is sure to draw eyes wherever you go. The midi length makes this perfectly appropriate in a professional setting, but it’s not at all stuffy, so you can wear it out to dinner or drinks! Wear with a bold necklace or statement earrings to complete the look. A blazer will make it more workplace appropriate, but go without one and style it how you like for parties!

This dress is available at Revolve.com


 
Photo: Courtesy Selfridges

Photo: Courtesy Selfridges

 

ALICE & OLIVIA Sanda Dotty Print Silk Chiffon Dress

$550 at the time of publication

The dots on this dress call to mind the work of pop artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. It has simple primary colored (red, yellow, blue)  polka dots against a black background, and each different color forms a panel, giving the dress a structured look that’s less stiff. The high collar and cap sleeves are the perfect finishing touches on this playful piece. This is a great piece to wear to work in the spring and summer, when you want to look professional but you also don’t want to suffocate from the heat.

This dress is available at SelfRidges.com


 
Photo: Courtesy Revolve

Photo: Courtesy Revolve

 

Karina Grimaldi Achu Mini Dress

$277 at the time of publication

This dress is short and summery; with a bold color and eyelet embroidery, it’s great for a casual barbeque, a bonfire, or a walk on the beach. The ruched waist is super flattering and helps break up the solid color of the piece. It’s very short, so wear it with strappy gladiator sandals to lengthen your legs and add some variation to the look. A denim jacket can keep you warmer at night, and looks great with the color, and pendant necklaces make a great easy accessory to finish off the look.

This dress is available at Revolve.com

 

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