I Have A Social Summer Lined Up – These Karen Millen Dresses Are All I’ll Be Wearing

With so many brilliant silhouettes to choose from, here are the very best.

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by Gemma Lavers |
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Best known for a versatile collection of dresses with classic design and tailoring at their core, a Karen Millen dress is a staple in any wardrobe. The sheer breadth of options available means there's a dress fit for every occasion, from Royal Ascot to spring/summer office attire - and a brilliant one at that.

In fact, Karen Millen dresses are so great, they're even royalty-approved. The Princess of Wales has been spotted in the brand's designs numerous times, most recently in April last year in a burgundy wrap dress that featured large lapels, long sleeves and a pleated skirt. The dress itself is (of course) sold out, but there are plenty that are still in stock for you to get your hands on - including a canary yellow number Kate wore back in 2022.

The Princess of Wales wearing a Karen Millen dress
Kate Middleton's Karen Millen dress is still available online, in other colours. ©Getty Images/Karwai Tang

Through various designs and lengths, Karen Millen dresses aim to not only flatter, but also add a little pep to your step as you walk into that special occasion. Plus, if you want a dress that'll look great now, and again in ten years time, Karen Millen boasts hundreds of timeless styles.

Whatever you have coming up this summer; a wedding, a garden party, the races (or all three), here are the best Karen Millen styles that will take you through all your plans.

SHOP: The Best Karen Millen Dresses And Occasion-Wear

Tailored Structured Crepe Forever Pleat Midi DressKaren Millen
Price: £142.35 (was £219)


The exact dress that was spotted on The Princess of Wales when she visited the Royal Surrey County Hospital Maternity Unit back in 2022. This dress features a notched neckline, elbow-length sleeves and pressed pleats on the lower half. Perfect for weddings, the races, or to keep in your wardrobe and wear forever (as the name suggests).

Tailored Satin Back Crepe Tie Neck Contrast Panel Maxi DressKaren Millen
Price: £175.20 (was £219)


Now this dress is definitely one for a special occasion. Made from a luxurious and glossy satin, the contrast dress drapes effortlessly and flatters anyone with its long length. The tie neck detailing creates a subtle focal point (to make sure all eyes are on you) and to add a touch of femininity to the piece.

Military Tailored Mini DressKaren Millen
Price: £151.20 (was £189)


This dress is a Karen Millen bestseller, for good reason. Great for summer dinner dates or cocktails on a rooftop in a sun-drenched city, the military-inspired mini is just as much edgy as it is sophisticated. The structured silhouette that features a high buttoned neck, cap sleeves and plenty of pleating detailing is bound to look fantastic on anyone.

Open Back V Neck Woven Midi DressKaren Millen
Price: £239.20 (was £299)


Maybe this one isn't the best to wear to a wedding (that isn't yours), but it is great for garden parties, the races and even Wimbledon. The open back is a nice touch that will also help with regulating heat on particularly hot days. Meanwhile the ivory shade is perfect for pairing with a pair of black strappy heels, a black clutch and some bold jewellery.

Compact One Shoulder Drape Full Skirt DressKaren Millen
Price: £181.35 (was £279)


There's one thing the one shoulder dress offers - drama. With a Greek-inspired draped design, this dress has one-shoulder strap that draws the eye to its asymmetrical neckline. Its skirt elegantly cascades to the floor, making it perfect for those special events and any formal plans you have lined up this summer.

Corseted Tie Detail Tailored Full Skirted Midaxi DressKaren Millen
Price: £142.35 (was £219)


For a more casual event, this utilitarian style dress could be the one. Made to accentuate, the corseted bodice cinches in the waist, while the ribbon detail also aims to flatter and give the dress an added flair. We've seen similar earthy tones from brands like Celine, Stella McCartney and Givenchy.

Feather Bardot Stretch Crepe Tailored Maxi DressKaren Millen
Price: £181.35 (was £279)


Thought feather had done the rounds? Think again. Designers like Chanel, Gucci and Valentino all featured feathers in their ready-to-wear collections at the end of 2023, so they're certainly still on-trend. Regardless, this dress features a timeless silhouette, crafted from a stretch crepe fabric and finished with a vivacious feather neckline.

Satin Woven Column Maxi DressKaren Millen
Price: £79.20 (was £99)


Channel Kate Moss from the 90's and opt for this sensational satin dress for your summer events. With a round neck, sleeveless style and maxi hemline you can guarantee it's never going to go out of style. Plus, satin is a great material to wear in the warmer months as it's flowy and breathable.

Cotton Broderie Woven Midi Shirt DressKaren Millen

There's something slightly nostalgic about a shirt dress, but they are a capsule wardrobe staple. Featuring a delicate broderie anglaise cotton, the mini shirt dress feels almost romantic. Although, again, it's probably not the best choice to wear to a wedding, this dress feels extremely summer-appropriate.

Satin Woven Crepe Maxi DressKaren Millen
Price: £167.20 (was £209)


Another satin dress on the list, this time it's in a zesty green shade. For a more modest look that's not going to be too hot, it has a round-neck bodice with flattering tucks and a fitted waist. As the dress itself is quite vibrant, it's best paired with strappy heels, a neutral bag, and of course a pair of statement sunglasses.

Applique Organdie Satin Woven Midi DressKaren Millen
Price: £174.85 (was £269)


If you're planning on going to a summer wedding or a garden party, you're going to want to look here. A captivating piece that blends floral detailing with whimsical elements, its applique flowers creates a gorgeous visual contrast against the smooth satin fabric. Plus, its design means it can be easily styled up or down depending on where you want to wear it.

Cotton Stripe Godet Insert Woven Shirt DressKaren Millen
Price: £103.20 (was £129)


If a mini length is more your style, this shirt dress hits the perfect length on your thigh without showing too much, while still leaving plenty of leg on show. The ivory colour looks great on all skin colours, completed by a navy stripe that's almost nautical. Pair it with a chunky wedge espadrilles and sunnies for a chic daytime look, or dress it up with statement jewellery for an evening soirée.

How do I accessorise a Karen Millen dress?

Although most of the time you can let the dress do the talking, it's always nice to add in an accessory or two. If the dress itself is quite maximalist, with floral prints and embellishments, it's best to keep the jewellery simple, with a pair of gold hoops or tennis bracelet. If the dress is more minimalist, you can go with some statement jewellery, like a chunky stone pendant or a gold cuff bracelet or bangle.

For shoes, if you're heading off to a more formal event, like the races or a wedding, heels, or wedges (let's be honest, wedges are easier to dance in), are probably the most appropriate. Saying that, flat sandals and ballet flats are a great alternative for shoes that are comfortable to wear all day long.

Is Karen Millen a high-end brand?

Karen Millen is a brand that's known for its craftsmanship, designs and luxurious materials, which do align with the standards of high-end fashion brands. Saying that, you've probably noticed that the price tags of Karen Millen dresses are a little lower than some other luxury brands. Even at the lower price point Karen Millen consistently delivers quality that rivals higher-end brands, thanks to their attention to detail and unique occasion wear (to ensure you avoid the dreaded we've-both-turned-up-in-the-same-dress situation).

Gemma Lavers is a Fashion Writer at Bauer Media, writing for brands like Grazia, heat and Closer. Gemma specialises in all things clothing and enjoys outfit planning (especially for holidays), scrolling social media for the next trend and shopping (probably for a new coat).

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