Peek into most women’s closets and you’ll likely see a few of dresses for every occasion. From maxis to minis and everything in between, dresses are a staple in our wardrobes, and it’s not difficult to see why. Versatile and instantly chic, they are the perfect all-in-one outfit that can easily be transformed into an elegant stunner or a casual go-to. While trends come and go, there are certain dress styles that remain timeless. With these silhouettes in your rotation, you’ll never be without the right dress, whether you’re running weekend errands or attending a swanky soiree.
The Little Black Dress
The little black dress, or LBD as it’s better known, has become a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe, and for good reason. Ideal for wearing most anywhere,the LBD can easily be dressed up or down—wear with a cardigan and flats for work or with heels and a statement necklace for an evening out. Redbook Magazine suggests choosing a fabric that moves in order to avoid wrinkles and fabric that clings in all the wrong places, both of which can take the LBD from a go-to dress to a dress that gets pushed to the back of your close. For a variation on the black classic, try a little white dress instead. Fresh and unexpected, the crisp shade makes for a perfect winter white to add into your seasonal rotation.
Often a staple in many women’s work wardrobe, the sheath dress is a no-brainer for the office. From giving big presentations to interviewing for a new position, this silhouette is polished, professional, and requires little additional styling (great for hectic mornings!). But the sheath dress works when you’re off-duty, too. Top with a cropped moto jacket, layer on a few necklaces or bangle bracelets, and finish with ankle boots or gladiator sandals and you’ve gotthe perfect ensemble for happy hour.
The Wrap Dress
The wrap dress flatters nearly every figure, making this an easy-to-wear and versatile style. The perfect day dress, this particular silhouette comes in a wide range of fabrics and lengths, allowing you to choose which works best for you. For wrap dress inspiration, browse the dresses on Lyst. The samplings from different designers highlight the variety of options currently available, from bright solids and neutral hues to bold patterns and feminine prints.
The Sweater Dress
An essential for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter, the sweater dress is a cosy option that still manages to look effortlessly chic. Pair with tall boots for a bold statement, or opt for ankle booties and tights for a more low-key look. This dress is great for layering, too—top with a faux fur vest or wool coat for maximum warmth and style.
The Formal Dress
Even though you might not think you need a formal dress, every woman should have at least one full-length option, just in case. As PopSugar points out, it becomes pretty essential to have an appropriate dress for wedding season, black tie events, and fancy dinners. Opt for one in a colour or print that flatters your complexion and can be paired with a variety of accessories for a new look each time.