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14 of the hottest red dresses to turn heads in this season

Forget your LBD, make a statement in a red dress

red dresses
Hollie Brotherton
Lifestyle & Commerce Senior Writer
Updated: March 28, 2024
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Showstopping but still classic, everyone needs a red dress in their repertoire. Exuding confidence, glamour and a little bit of romance, nothing turns heads quite like a red dress.

Whether it's summer or the festive season, it's a versatile statement piece that requires minimal accessories to make a statement and flatters every hair colour and skin tone. From sleek red dresses with spaghetti straps, to statement pieces with voluminous silhouettes, scroll on for all of the best red dresses to shop now.

The best red dresses at a glance

  • The red party dress: Reformation Elaina Red Dress, £398 / $398
  • The red mini dress: Mango Halter-Neck Open-Back Dress, £35.99 / $59.99
  • The red dress on sale: Reiss Vida Satin Midi Dress, £108 (save £160) / $223 (save $252)
  • The versatile red dress: Rixo Sandrine Red Dress, £235 / $320
  • The black tie red dress: Phase Eight Donna Maxi Dress, £149 / $230
  • The long-sleeve red dress: Nobody's Child Zora Dress, £130 / $222

Celebrities and royals wearing red dresses

Celebrities wearing red dresses
(L-R Meghan Markle, Candice Swanepoel, Queen Letizia of Spain, Natalie Portman)

Red is definitely Queen Letizia's colour. The Spanish royal has been pictured looking stunning in a red dress for both formal and off-duty occasions, as seen above in a sleek halterneck number and metallic heels. She most recently wore a red midi dress from Mango whilst on holiday with her family in Palma.

The Duchess of Sussex is another royal who loves a red dress. From the scarlet red Safiyaa cape dress (above), which she accessorised with a red satin clutch by Manolo Blahnik and matching Stuart Weitzman pumps, to the beautiful red gown she wore to the Salute To Freedom Gala at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in 2021.

Candice Swanepoel also looked gorgeous in a scarlet gown with red lace-up heels and a red lip to attend the amfAR Gala Cannes in 2022, while last year Natalie Portman stepped out in a red mini dress by Dior, styling it with a matching jacket and stilettos.

How I chose the best red dresses

  • Colour: My edit of course only includes dresses in a red hue - although some are true red while others lean slightly scarlet. No printed styles are included.
  • Warm weather-appropriate: While many of these red dresses could be worn all year round, this edit is currently focused on spring/summer styles. Think breezy cuts and lightweight fabrics.
  • Price: I've found red dresses at a range of price points, from £35 Mango numbers to £300 pieces from celeb-favourite Reformation.
  • Reformation Elaina Red Dress

    Reformation Elaina dress

    Reformation Red Dress

    Sizes available: UK 4-16

    Colours available: Red, Black, Aquamarine, Floral print

    Shipping: £6 Standard Delivery or free over £100

    Returns: £6 within 30 days

    With its luxe satin fabric, button down front, deep neckline, and sultry split, this midi from Reformation is the red party dress of my dreams. I'd style it with barely-there heels and a classic red lip.

  • Rixo Sandrine Red Dress

    Rixo red dress

    Rixo Red Dress

    Sizes available: UK 6-20

    Colours available: Red, Black, Pink, Blue, White

    Shipping: £5 Standard Delivery

    Returns: Free within 14 days

    Rixo's Sandrine dress is made from a lightweight daisy print jacquard. Cut with a v-neckline and backline and flattering empire waist, it skims the figure beautifully. Style it with gold jewellery and boots now, then barely-there sandals this summer.

  • Mango Halter-Neck Open-Back Dress

    Mango red dress

    Mango Red Dress

    Sizes available: UK 4-16

    Colours available: Red

    Shipping: £2.99 for Standard Delivery

    Returns: £2.99 within 14 days

    Mango just dropped this halterneck red dress that falls just above the knee and features the most flattering shift cut. I love it styled with statement gold earrings for an easy win this spring/summer. 

  • Nobody's Child Zora Red Dress

    Nobody's Child red dress

    Nobody's Child Red Dress

    Sizes available: UK 4-18

    Colours available: Red, Green

    Shipping: £5 Standard Delivery or free for orders over £100

    Returns: Free within 30 days

    Nobody's Child's trending dress has long statement puff sleeves and a softly fitted waist falling to an A-line skirt. It's made with a touch of linen for added softness and breathability.. Style it with mules or platform heels this summer.

  • New Look Red Cotton Broderie Hem Midi Dress

    New Look red dress

    New Look Red Dress

    Sizes available: UK 6-22

    Colours available: Red

    Shipping: £2.99 for Standard Delivery or free on orders over £50

    Returns: £1.99 within 28 days

    For a daytime red midi dress, I've found this at New Look. The broderie hem piece will look amazing with a pair of leather slides and a rattan bag as we move into the warmer months.

  • Reiss Vida Satin Midi Dress

    Reiss red dress

    Reiss Red Dress

    Sizes available: UK 4-16

    Colours available: Red, Navy

    Shipping: £5.95 Next Day Delivery

    Returns: £1.95 within 28 days

    The Vida midi dress from Reiss has been a sell-out style for several years now - and it's just dropped in the sale. The luxe satin halterneck midi would be lovely for a summer evening event. 

  • COS Pleated Maxi Dress

    COS red dress

    COS Red Dress

    Sizes available: XS-L

    Colours available: Black

    Shipping: £4 Standard Delivery or free for orders over £100

    Returns: Free within 28 days

    How gorgeous is this red maxi dress from COS? Made from a lightweight cotton blend, it has a panelled skirt with subtly contrasting sheer stripes that show a hint of skin, while box pleats create movement.

  • Karen Millen Soft Tailored Pleated Midaxi Dress

    Karen Millen red dress

    Karen Millen Red Dress

    Sizes available: UK 6-16

    Colours available: Red, Black, White, Blush, Green

    Shipping: £4.99 Standard Delivery or free with Karen Millen Premier

    Returns: £2 within 28 days or free with Karen Millen Premier

    For an easy win occasionwear dress, Karen Millen's bestselling red midi has a chic high neckline, and cool side panels, finishing with a flared skirt.

  • Miss Selfridge Red Blazer Dress

    Red blazer dress

    ASOS Red Dress

    Sizes available: UK 4-18

    Colours available: Red

    Shipping: Free Standard Delivery

    Returns: Free within 28 days

    When in doubt, wear a blazer dress. And if you don't want to blend in, make it red. This one by Miss Selfridge has a shawl collar, ruched detail and long sleeves for a super flattering piece.

  • Zara Strappy Midi Dress

    Zara red dress

    Zara Red Dress

    Sizes available: XS-XXL

    Colours available: Red

    Shipping: £3.95 Standard Delivery or free for orders over £50

    Returns: £1.95 within 30 days

    For a fitted silhouette that can be worn day to night, I love this knitted red midi dress from Zara. It features a sweetheart neckline with moulded cups, adjustable straps and a back slit at the hem.

  • River Island Red Knit Rib Jumper Maxi Dress

    River Island red midi dress

    River Island Red Dress

    Sizes available: UK 6-18, Petite & Plus

    Colours available: Red

    Shipping: £4 Standard Delivery or free for orders over £50

    Returns: Free within 28 days

    A lightweight knitted dress is ideal to wear during the transitional seasons, and I love the look-at-me red hue of this maxi from River Island. It features a tie-waist and ribbed detail.

  • & Other Stories Satin Midi Dress

    & Other Stories red dress

    & Other Stories Red Wrap Dress

    Sizes available: EUR 32-46

    Colours available: Red

    Shipping: £4 Standard Delivery or free for orders over £80

    Returns: Free within 30 days

    Made from a satin style fabric, & Other Stories figure-skimming red midi is the perfect date night dress. The best bit? The stunning lace-up open back.

  • Phase Eight Donna Maxi Dress

    Phase Eight red dress

    Phase Eight Red Dress

    Sizes available: UK 6-26, Regular & Petite

    Colours available: Red

    Shipping: £2.95 Standard Delivery or free for orders over £150

    Returns: Free within 28 days

    Phase Eight's Donna dress is a beautiful choice for your next formal occasion. It features flattering ruching at both the front and back, as well as a modern asymmetric hem. Pair it with a clutch and sky-high heels.

  • Club L London The Anisa Maxi Dress

    Club L London red dress

    Club L London Red Dress

    Sizes available: UK 4-16

    Colours available: Red

    Shipping: £4 Standard Delivery or free for orders over £80

    Returns: Free within 30 days

    With its layered halter neck, elegant Bardot neckline and bodycon cut with split side detail, Club L London's very glamorous red maxi dress is perfect if you're looking for a showstopping piece.

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