Dresses are my second skin—I wear one practically every other day—yes, even while working from home (a stretchy tank dress has been my go-to). If you were to take a peek inside my closet, you’ll see it’s comprised of about 75% dresses—arranged by color and print (I’m a tad over-eager when it comes to organizing my frocks) so you can understand that it’s a topic I love to write about often and passionately.
Dresses are the one item in my wardrobe I choose to invest in, as they're a ready-made outfit that'll work for any occasion. So today I wanted to share 11 of the best dress styles that I believe deserve a place in everyone's closet. From versatile black and white hues to beach-ready beauties and pretty prints, if you love dresses as much as I do and are looking to update your collection then take a peek below for the essential frocks that will never let you down.
Whether it's an embroidered beauty or a crisp white cotton midi, a white dress is a wardrobe essential—perfect for the warmer season ahead.
Ciao Lucia Alessia Cotton Dress ($350)
Re:Named Eli Large Collared Dress ($63)
Faithfull the Brand Arles Smocked Minidress ($169)
A versatile black dress will serve you year-round and will get you out of any fashion dilemma. Easy to dress up or down it will take you from day to night with ease.
Rahi Rahi Zoomie Puff Sleeve Midi Dress ($109)
Line & Dot Simone Sweater Dress ($95)
Staud Mini Elio Dress ($245)
The Reformation Sigmund Dress Es ($248)
Floral Print Dresses
While there are certainly plenty of cool prints out there that can make your outfit standout, floral prints remain a perennial favorite no matter what the season. They can work for casual and formal events, with sneakers or heels, and no matter what length you get a floral print dress will truly never go out of style.
The Reformation Colleen Dress ($278)
& Other Stories Elasticated Waist Maxi Dress ($129)
Urban Outfitters Nina Mock Neck Bodycon Dress ($59)
Ax Paris Swing Dress in Ditsy Floral ($38)
Who What Wear Floral Print Balloon Ruffle Dress ($40)
Mini, Midi & Maxi Dresses
I know this is broad, but every body type suits a different length, and I'm sure there's a length you personally tend to gravitate towards. Since all three lengths are so versatile there's certainly no harm in having one of each on hand for every occasion.
Motel Motel Gaina Tie-Front Mini Dress ($69)
& Other Stories Frilled Embroidered Mini Dress ($99)
The Reformation Humphrey Dress ($178)
Zara Midi Dress With Buttons ($40)
Mango Print Wrap Dress ($80)
Afrm Meave Dress in Marled Noir ($138)
Staud Calypso Dress ($325)
Fp Beach Myla Sweater Dress ($70)
Michael Costello Calico Maxi Dress in Sand ($238)
Knit dresses have certainly been having a major moment these past few seasons—they're the perfect option to have in your closet for tricky in-between season dressing.
& Other Stories Ribbed Side Slit Midi Knit Dress ($99)
Pixie Market Powder Blue Knit Bolero and Dress Set ($148)
Wayf Gillian Ribbed Tank Dress ($68)
H&M Rib-Knit Dress ($30)
Zara Back Vent Knit Dress ($40)
With warm weather just around the corner, you'll appreciate a few beach and vacation dresses to have on hand for a day in the sun.
The Reformation Janet Dress ($198)
Free People Bring It Back Bodycon Dress in Rust Combo ($78)
Eloquii Ruffle Detail Maxi Dress ($130)
Playa Lucila Fleur Washed Tunic ($98)
Sporty, comfy, casual, and cool—tank dresses are an easy option to have at your fingertips for everything from lounging to brunching.
Enza Costa Ribbed Tank Dress ($156)
Zara Ribbed Dress ($18)
Line & Dot Ariel Scoop Neck Dress in Camel ($106)
Caslon® Side Ruched Tank Dress ($59)
A slip dress is so easy to wear with flats, heels, or sneakers and can easily be layered for a dressed up or dressed down effect.
Vince Satin Midi Slipdress ($295)
The Reformation Kinney Dress ($118)
Urban Outfitters Uo Nellie Satin Floral Print Slip Dress ($64)
While we may not be going to many cocktail parties right now, we're hopeful it won't be long until we can dress up for a fancy occasion soon. And we'll be ready with one of these dresses below.
Zara Flowy Midi Dress ($40)
Ciao Lucia Carolinne Tie-Accented Satin Midi Dress ($475)
Self-Portrait Ruched Sequin-Embellished Polka-Dot Flocked Tulle Midi Dress ($490)
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