Some dresses are like a secret weapon: they are versatile and make you feel formidable at evening events. Every woman needs a selection of dresses that don’t require work in the accessories department, and look so on-the-moment. As wedding invitations start to fill your iCal, it’s time to mastermind some gowns and unexpected dresses. Where better to get your inspiration than from the leading international collections? Fall 2017 proved the ultimate supply of pitch-perfect sartorial shapes that can inspire your bespoke choices.
If the event calls for a decidedly conservative dress code then reach for long-line gowns. Long-sleeve dresses (as seen at Michael Cinco, Zuhair Murad, and Reem Acra) are the ever-present force throughout the shows – from the ready-to-wear circuit to haute couture. It’s a lady-like movement, taps in to the Middle Eastern aesthetic for modest silhouettes, and is at the top of the trend barometer. Scroll through the gallery below for modest dresses with in-built ‘wow’ factor from the mainline winter runway primed to inspire.
Lead image: Zuhair Murad Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital