We know the satin dress trend has taken off and you can finally find some beautiful mini, midi, and maxi designs online. The hardest part is trying to find the right style, fit and colour. Perhaps you'd like something bold and summery in hot pink or a tie-dye pattern, or maybe you'd like an all-year-round little black slip dress or a chic white number for an event. Then, of course, you'll need to think about the sleeves!
Whatever your preference maybe, even if you're not quite sure what it is yet, we will guide you through the basics of how to choose the best piece for you. Including popular favourites from ASOS, we've collated a ranking of the best silky satin dresses that you can have delivered to your door.
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Mini dresses can sit anywhere from the top of the thigh to above the knee, accentuating the curve of the back and showing off your figure. Usually, they have a body-hugging fit and are best worn at semi-formal or casual events. With a simple satin mini, you can dress it up to a glam standard or dress it down for a day out shopping with friends.
Mini dresses can be worn with any type of footwear from platforms to sandals, and you can accessorise them easily with a cute clutch or beaded jewellery. If you love the freedom of fashion and you like to style short dresses, a mini dress would be an ideal choice for you.
For more wardrobe staples, browse our favourite little black dresses in the UK!
A mini dress paired even with some trainers and a denim jacket can be a perfect outfit for a night of dancing. But a mini satin dress doesn't have to mean partying! A mini dress worn with cowboy boots and an oversized boxy fit blazer can be a really cool, edgy look for a day of shopping or even a lunch date.
Midi dresses are the next level up from mini dresses in terms of coverage. You can see the length of the dress drop to anywhere between just above the knee to the middle of the calves, creating a modest sophisticated style that's fit for any occasion from casual to semi-formal.
You could wear it with heels or if you're keeping things simple, just grab a pair of your favourite pumps. Midi dresses are all about versatility, after all. In fact, midi-dresses are the go-to style for a busy career-driven person who needs a wardrobe stocked full of fashionable outfits to last from days at the office to after-work drinks with the team.
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Midi dresses worn with a knee-high boot are a great way of bearing a little leg but not too much if you are conscious of bearing too much skin. I love layering satin dresses too; say you were going to the office on a 'dress down' day, you can layer a nice chunky knit jumper over a satin midi dress and then at the end of the day, take off the jumper and be prepared for a Friday night out without having to change!
Sitting at the ankles or just long enough to brush the feet, a maxi dress can be chucked on just seconds before you leave the house without the need to accessorise and style it, although you definitely can if you want to! The simplicity of a maxi dress makes it the perfect solution to the days where you feel like you have nothing to wear.
The style is loose, leaving lots of room to breathe, walk and eat to your heart's content. From chilled barbecues with the family or a party with a smart-casual dress code, you can find comfort in knowing that a maxi dress is waiting in your wardrobe, ready for any event.
A maxi dress is a great choice for the winter months, keeping it breezy and comfortable without bearing too much leg and getting cold! Maxi dresses can be super casual too, you can get satin shirt dresses which can be a good option to wear at the office.
The fit of the dress is also an important step that can't be missed. Satin isn't a stretchy fabric so when you choose a dress from the list below, keep in mind that the shape of the dress will play a big part in your final look. For shorter dresses, you'll see a lot of bodycon styles which is where the dress closely hugs the whole body.
Bodycons are cute and stylish, but you might feel a tighter, slightly uncomfortable hug after a big meal, so they're not ideal for dinner dates. Slim-fit dresses have a slightly looser style, although they have enough shape in them to still show off your curves, just with more breathing space!
To take an extra step, a relaxed fit would be the most comfortable option for loose-fitting styles. It would also be the wisest pick for the warmer seasons when you'd prefer dresses to float rather than cling.
Choosing the right fit for you can be tricky. It totally depends on your shape and also, as mentioned above, the occasion. If you have an hourglass figure, a tight-fitting dress can be super flattering. But it can be pretty restricting if you need to sit for a while.
The neckline of a dress sets the bar for how much jewellery you can wear, whether you should have your hair up or down, and all of the other decisions you make whilst getting ready.
You could skip the jewellery and go for a sophisticated crew neck that sits right below the base of the neck. Or, perhaps you'd prefer something a little lower like a flat neckline, usually sitting right above the chest and highlighting your posture.
The most popular necklines of satin dresses, however, are scoop necks and V-necks. The scoop neck is where satin gathers at the centre of the chest and drops in a flattering style for any body shape. The V-neck is the classic, low-cut style of neckline, commonly used for elegant night-scene gowns and to show off pendants and necklaces.
For days when you want a baggier fit, look no further than our best cottagecore dresses!
A cowl neckline can be flattering for everyone, whether you have a big bust or a flatter chest. A cowl neck can be enough to set off the look without jewellery or any accessories at all. The way the neckline falls is so elegant on any shape or figure. A v neck can be nice for a bigger bust to create a flattering cleavage.
Give yourself some extra time in the day by shopping for machine-washable products. While satin clothing can be delicate, the material itself is made from polyester, a durable synthetic. This means that it can be redesigned to stay protected from the harsh temperatures of a washing machine, unlike real silk.
That said, some satin dresses require a soft and gentle hand wash, so it's worth checking. All in all, if you have a washing machine, it's good to find a dress that's suitable to go in it, but if you're in a flat that's short on space or you prefer to live sustainably without a big electrical appliance, a handwash-care dress will do the trick.
I always recommend checking the labels when shopping for anything. Especially pieces that you want to wear often. You don't want to opt for a piece for work, say and then it ends up being dry clean only, you'll be spending a fortune! Machine washable pieces are best where possible.
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Bridesmaid Tie Back Satin Slip Dress｜Gold
Glamorous and Beautiful in Shining Gold
Satin Tie Front Blouson Sleeve Mini Dress
Glossy Fabric With Beautiful Floral Multicolour Prints
Maxi Dress With Batwing Sleeve
A Formal Gown That's Still Fashionable and Flattering
Slip Dress in High Shine Satin With Lace up Back
The Classic Little Black Dress, Satin Edition
Cut Out Satin Midi Slip Dress
A Versatile Pink Mini for Either Day or Night
Cowl Ruched Satin Maxi Dress in Smudge Print
Cool, Trendy and Super Comfortable
4th & Reckless
Satin Open Back Detail Midi Dress
A Dreamy Sage Green With Open Back in Midi Length
Satin Slip Mini Dress
A Cute, Comfortable, Stylish Staple Piece
Satin Maxi Dress With Cut Out Details
A Luxurious Dress for Fancy Occasions
Bias Cut Plunge Satin Mini Dress With Race Back
A Summer Throw-On for Lazy Beach Days
You can't get classier than this sleek gold-coloured gown. If it's glam enough to be a bridesmaids dress, it'll definitely also be suitable for glam nights out, or whenever you want to impress. With a dainty scoop neck and a pretty high side split, this piece takes evening wear to the next level.
It drapes and hangs off the hips, narrowing as it reaches the ankles to create an accentuating curve. The open tie back is sexy enough to show some skin, with a flowing ribbon design for more personality. Pair it with some gold jewellery and your favourite pair of heels and you're ready to go.
The pretty floral print all over the silky, shiny fabric is sure to catch anyone's attention. At just the right length and with a tie front keyhole detail and a cut-out back, this dress is sexy but with a feminine flair.
While the fit is regular, the bouson sleeves provide dimension to the body due to their slightly baggy shape that cinches at the wrist which also makes it a joy to wear thanks to the lightweight fabric.
Tall, classy, and simplistic, this long-sleeved satin maxi dress is probably the best option for autumnal events or formal get-togethers with colleagues. Its high crew neck adds a touch of modesty while the ties cross over the front and knot at the back.
It's definitely worth owning a piece like this. They're suitable for almost any occasion and they fit comfortably while showing off your figure in a subtle yet flattering way. You'll love how you feel and look in this dress, even if it's at that work thing you have to make an appearance at.
The all-time favourite – the LBD. Correctly speaking, the Little Black Dress. It's the go-to style for daywear and nightwear and this dress is the ultimate must-have for a satin version. It's slouchy, breezy, and it sits just at the top of the thigh, staying short and sweet.
The back of the dress droops to a low cut back to reveal a beautiful strap pattern when the straps are tied. It's the perfect combination of smart and casual so you can feel comfortable and confident at any event.
Styled by the always-covetable Miss Selfridge, this simple yet striking satin dress is one for the collection. It has a v shaped neckline with spaghetti straps to hold it up over the shoulders, with a cut-out detail in the middle to show-off a little bit of skin.
The twisted fabric effect on the top of the dress, along with the elasticated waist adds some personality while accentuating the body. Whether you're struggling to find an outfit for a shopping trip or a cocktail night, this will handle the problem for you.
We love this figure hugging slim fit satin dress the way that it sits and cinches in all the right places to highlight the body's curves. The ruched design all over is not just for style, as it also naturally camouflages any unwanted creases or bulges.
With a cowl neck and cross-back straps, this dress is all about sexiness and femininity. The unique and colour smudge print all over speaks volumes about its personality. Pair this with a simple cropped leather jacket or a muted blazer, you have yourself a versatile piece that you can wear on many occasions.
A glossy, satin dress with a figure-hugging slim fit is exactly what you need for nighttime outings with friends. This dress is elegant yet sexy with its unique open back that is accentuated by the elasticated detail at the back that ties the waist in at the front.
In addition, we love that the scoop neck enhances the stylish fashion of the dress and pulls the look together. With multiple sizes available ranging from 6 to 16, you'll want to snap this dress up before it goes!
How cute is this simple dress with its straight straps and V-neck? For the days where you're stuck for ideas, you can just throw this on with a cropped denim jacket and head out the door. It's a regular-fit, minimal-effort piece that you can style up or down depending on the occasion.
It could be styled as preppy streetwear or a cute dinner date outfit - just get creative. It's has a ruched detail at the front and drops to a slight baggy fit, which makes it extremely comfortable to wear as it has pockets of space to move around.
This regular fitting maxi dress with its long, thigh-high split is ideal for luxurious events, birthdays and weddings. It's light pink, rusty colour and its style is no more or less than beautifully minimalistic. Featuring a wide V-neck, cut-outs at the ribs and the strappy back, this dress is as elegant as they come.
You don't even need to break the bank for this luxurious looking dress as it is incredibly affordable despite the high quality material and flawless design. So, you don't really need to wait for a special occasion to wear it. Though, it is worth nothing that due to the delicate fabric, this piece is hand wash only,
Strut your stuff in the colours of summer with this stylish pastel print dress. It has a racer back and a halterneck strap that plunges at the neck. perfect for keeping cool on warm summer days. Throw it on over your bikini and enjoy the silky, lightweight material.
It's not too versatile as it's very much a summer dress, but that shouldn't stop you from styling it for hot days by the pool or walks to the corner shop near your hotel. Though, with the right accessories, we think anything is possible.
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
Written and researched by Annie Speight
No. 1: Topshop｜Bridesmaid Tie Back Satin Slip Dress｜Gold
No. 2: ASOS DESIGN｜Satin Tie Front Blouson Sleeve Mini Dress
No. 3: ASOS DESIGN ｜Maxi Dress With Batwing Sleeve
No. 4: ASOS DESIGN｜Slip Dress in High Shine Satin With Lace up Back
No. 5: Miss Selfridge｜Cut Out Satin Midi Slip Dress
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