While I love looking nice and put together, I hate shopping and I hate owning too many clothes! I know so many of you can relate! So, to help me (and hopefully help you!), I’m working on a series of of blog posts with my wardrobe essentials, including dresses, tops, jeans, shoes, undergarments, winter wardrobe staples, and even pregnancy wardrobe essentials. I’m hoping it helps you be intentional with your clothing purchases so you don’t end up with trendy pieces you wear just a few times (been there!) and also gives you the freedom to get rid of things you don’t love!
Since spring is upon us, today I’m sharing five must-have dresses that are timeless and will have you covered for nearly any event that comes up in your calendar. Dresses are a great wardrobe staple because they are a one-piece outfit. Other than shoes and accessories, you don’t have to think about your outfit too much. There are five styles of dresses that are staples in my closet because they keep me covered for basically any event: casual days as a mom, work events, date night, weddings, black tie event, I’m set. And since they are all timeless styles, I invest in quality and then wear them for years.
Let’s jump right in!
5 Must Have Dresses for a Timeless Flattering Wardrobe
1. A little black dress
The right black dress will work for all occasions – date night, dinner party, wedding. Find one that’s flattering on your body type and that you LOVE. It’s worth buying a few to try on to find what makes you feel amazing. My personal favorite is this bodycon dress with a high neck. It’s so chic and sexy without being too revealing.
Below are a few other fun options for little black dresses. Invest in a good one and you’ll be able to wear it year after year.
2. A fun summer dress
Easy and breezy are best for summer, as long as they’re still flattering! This puff sleeve dress is ideal because of the smocking on the front that gives it shape! Throw on a pair of wedges and it’s perfect for a dinner or fancier lunch date. If you’re only buying one fun summer dress, get something versatile so that you can wear it a few different ways with shoes or accessories. The goal here is something that’s easy and comfortable to wear. (See my favorite neutral sandals here!)
I like to wear dresses for work (even now when I work from home) since I feel put together the rest of the day. This is the one type of dress that I tend to replace more frequently than the rest since it gets worn the most often.
3. A day-to-night casual dress
If you work in an office, you probably already own a few work dresses. I had multiple tailored, suit dresses when I worked in Corporate America. But I also really like shirt dresses for the office because they’re comfortable and can be dressed up with the right shoes or a blazer. Or, if you pick a simpler dress with a collar, it can easily go from day to night as well with a shoe change and perhaps a brighter pop of lipstick.
4. A day-to-night maxi
I LOVE this blue gingham dress. The key to a great day-to-night dress is truly making sure it’s comfortable enough for the day. One or two spring or summer maxis are great wardrobe staples.
5. A flattering gown for black tie events
Get one you LOVE that you’ll wear over and over again and you won’t have to pay Rent the Runway fees for every nice event. I’ve had a Lulu’s dress for years and always pull it out for black tie events!
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