Swears by: the best dresses

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The right dress can make you feel invincible; put your best foot forward in one of these Mumsnet favourites

Best casual dresses

Zara Flowing Dress, £39.99

Zara Flowing Dress, £39.99

This simple dress couldn't be easier to throw on for a trip to the shops or a weekend of exploring – and it will work with just about every accessory you choose to pair it with. Leopard print handbag, anyone?

“I’ve just bought this dress which I’m going to wear with maroon tights and either black or muted leopard print flat boots and a big thick cardigan. Ultimate weekend slouchyness."

Buy now from Zara

Seasalt Pinafore Dress, £75

Seasalt Pinafore Dress, £75

This dress is the perfect solution for your autumn and winter layering dilemmas – pop it over your favourite turtleneck and under your best rain mac for the perfect rainy-weather look. It's made from chunky cord, falls just below the knee, and, best of all, it even has pockets.

“I've just bought this dress for autumn and winter and I love it. I'm definitely an autumnal dresser – I like tights and boots.”

Buy now from Seasalt

Best occasion dresses

Debenhams Red Leopard Print Silk High Low Dress, £199

Debenhams Red Leopard Print Silk High Low Dress, £199

This stand-out dress is the perfect addition to your formal winter wardrobe and will look great with a pair of black heeled boots. The uneven hemline adds an extra something, and who doesn't love a party dress with long sleeves? The fabric is top-quality silk, which justifies the price tag .

“It's silk, and I LOVE it. I bought it to dress up for a naice dinner with the in-laws, hopefully for Christmas season too, and to dress down for work.”

Buy now from Debenhams

M&S Sparkly Jersey Long Sleeve Dress, £35

M&S Sparkly Jersey Long Sleeve Dress, £35

Add some sparkle to your winter wardrobe with this cosy but glitzy number from M&S – the V-neck is instantly flattering, and the long sleeves are an added bonus for chilly winter evenings. The material is soft, stretchy jersey, too, so you'll be comfy all night long.

“Tried this dress on today – not my usual style but I loved it!”

Buy now from M&S

Best plus-size dresses

Uniqlo Soft-Knit Fleece Long-Sleeved Dress, £14.90

Uniqlo Soft-Knit Fleece Long-Sleeved Dress, £14.90

Like your favourite fleece, but chic. Keep cosy and comfy in this cold-weather staple from Uniqlo. Pair it with tights and boots for your new winter uniform.

“This Uniqlo one is £14, comes in a few colours, and has slight batwing sleeves which I find flattering on our body shape – I'd size up to make sure it's not too clingy.”

Buy now from Uniqlo

M&S Print Long-Sleeve Swing Dress, £15

M&S Print Long-Sleeve Swing Dress, £15

Unfortunately, as much as you may want to, you can't really wear your favourite summer dresses all year round. Enter this cosy long-sleeved version of a Mumsnetter favourite, in the perfect colours for winter. As with the summer version, the swing shape is oh-so-flattering, and there's stretch in the material for added comfort.

Here's what one Mumsnetter thought about the summer version:

“Genuinely the most practical and flattering summer dress I have ever owned."

Buy now from M&S

Best maxi dresses

Uniqlo Long Sleeve Long Bra Dress, £24.90

Uniqlo Long Sleeve Long Bra Dress, £24.90

If you gleefully fling your bra off as soon as you get home of an evening, but don't quite feel up to being out and about completely au naturel, Uniqlo's bra dresses will be a revelation. They have soft integral cups and elasticated under-bust support to create a great silhouette without compromising on comfort.

“I have one and it's lovely. Supportive enough, too.”

Buy now from Uniqlo

Hush Freesia Lurex Stripe Dress, £110

Hush Freesia Lurex Stripe Dress, £110

Ok, ok – it's technically not a full-length maxi, but it's close enough. This dress from Hush nips in at your waist, and will look fab whether you pair it with trainers or heeled boots. And, with long sleeves and a lovely round neckline, it's perfect for the winter months.

“I'm going to a non-fancy bar with a group of girl friends, and thought with boots this could be casual but eye-catching. I also want to wear it for meals out with family at Christmas.”

Buy now from Hush

Boden Casual Jersey Dress, from £25

Boden Casual Jersey Dress, from £25

Boden re-work this classic shape in new colours and patterns every season – thank God, because we don't know how we'd get by without it. They're perfect for early pregnancy, too (especially if you're trying to keep it under your hat for a while). Comfortable, flattering and easy to dress up or down – it's worth stocking up on these while they're in clearance.

“Empire line dresses can be really flattering as they make the most of your new 'assets' whilst providing plenty of space for the dress to flow over any bump.”

Buy now from Boden

Isabella Oliver Jenna Maternity T-Shirt Dress, from £74

Isabella Oliver Jenna Maternity T-Shirt Dress, from £74

We've never met a Breton stripe we didn't like, and these Isabella Oliver T-shirt dresses are no exception. Perfect under a Fairisle cardy, they're available in red or navy stripes and made from super-soft, breathable jersey – a life-saver if pregnancy tends to make you a little, ahem, warm. The boat neckline, short sleeves, and waist ruching make these dresses a flattering and cosy option throughout pregnancy, and beyond.

“I had a couple of IO dresses and tops when I was working and pregnant. I wore them to death – in fact I wore little else for the last
two or three months”

Buy now from Isabella Oliver

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