Dresses have proven over the years to be one of the most versatile looks, and you likely already own dresses for many different occasions. Maxi dresses are perfect for the summertime while the LBD is ideal for special occasions and other nighttime events. Whatever your situation, this list shares a few of our favorite looks that you might have overlooked.
1. A Casual Maxi Dress
You can't go wrong with the maxi dress, especially in the summertime. It's quickly become a hit among women with a modest, modern aesthetic. A casual black maxi dress can be dressed up with pearls and a crochet shrug. It's also perfect for having brunch with your girlfriends, attending lunch dates, running errands, and walking on the beach.
The black maxi dress never goes out of style and is super comfortable to wear. You can one with some of your favorite jewelry and accessories. A black version of this dress looks amazing with a light wash denim jacket, a turquoise statement necklace, and gladiator sandals. It's the perfect look for any outdoor summertime event.
2. The Classic Wrap Dress
Diane von Furstenberg was onto something when she created the wrap dress in 1974. This effortless look can be taken from the office to dinner. However, it can be used for other occasions depending on the accessories that you own. Whether it's the long-sleeved, short-sleeved, or sleeveless version, it's the most flattering look for women of all sizes and ages.
The wrap dress from Kate Marilin also comes in a modern version as a cold shoulder pleated dress. To add some personality in a conservative environment, pair it with a classic blazer, jeweled tone pumps, and chunky statement jewelry.
3. A Slip DressA slip dress is one of the sexiest dresses that a woman will own. It's the perfect piece for looking effortlessly sexy in any setting. It's extremely easy to dress it up however you want. For example, you can wear a black slip dress with Doc Martens and a concert T-shirt. Or, you can dress it up with a choker, fishnet stockings, and stiletto heels.
No matter how you wear the slip dress, you're sure to turn heads. You can wear anything you want with a black slip dress, even chunky running shoes. Just take a look through your wardrobe and accessories. You'll discover a whole new look you otherwise wouldn't have thought of.
4. The Flared Dress
The flared dress, or skater dress, is more flattering than its original concept from the 1950s. The empire waist looks great on any body type. You'll want to hold onto this dress for years to come -- even if you happen to gain weight or lose weight. The flared dress looks best paired with a cardigan or tweed blazer. When it comes to accessories, you'll want to stick to understated styles such as aviator sunglasses, classic black pumps, and a chain strap handbag.
5. The Little Black Lace DressThe classic LBD looks like a vision in lace. Haute couture designers have released their versions of this classic staple, including some fast-fashion brands. You'll want to keep your accessories understated for this look. For example, you should wear a nude pump and handbag and allow the focus to be on your makeup.
Whether you wear a classic red lip or a smoky eye, you'll look incredible. The great thing about the little black lace dress is that it's no longer reserved for dressy occasions. It's just as appropriate for the office as it is for a nighttime wedding. And you can generally stick to the same neutral-toned accessories and simple jewelry.
6. A Leather Dress
A black leather dress is no longer reserved for nighttime affairs. It looks just as good with a black blazer as it does with a sheer shawl. The great thing about a leather dress is that you can go all out and express yourself with your favorite accessories. Maybe you can try a new makeup look, or you can pair it with a leopard print clutch. This is your look, just dress it up for the right occasion.
7. A Shift DressThere are two versions of this look. The shift dress is a flattering style that's appropriate for the office while following the trends. The structured version of the shift dress works best for formal and professional settings, especially when worn with ballet shoes or pumps. On the weekend, you can wear this dress with chunky ankle boots, sandals, or sneakers.
A flowy shift dress is perfect for the spring and summer seasons. It can also be worn to work as long as the hemline and sleeves don't look too casual. The best styles for formal occasions come in fabrics like chiffon, lace, or satin that can be worn with stilettos or heeled sandals.
You also can't go wrong with the black sheath dress. This structured look can be dressed up for day or night in a snap. All you need to do is change your accessories and shoes. If you're going to the office, pair this dress with a blazer and pumps. If you're going on a promising date, then you'll want to wear strappy sandals with sexy gold jewelry.