Dresses are an absolute wardrobe essential, no ifs ands or buts about it. No matter what your style preferences, a few key dresses and statement pieces will complete your collection and make sure you’re ready for an occasion that might creep up on your calendar. Whether it’s a big, fancy formal affair, a night out on the town or you’ve fallen for the idea of making your dresses work for daytime outfits, you need these core must-have styles to build out your wardrobe…
Little Black Dress
If you don’t have a little black dress in your wardrobe yet, it’s high time you stopped playing and started hunting for one, now. The LBD is a complete essential for every single woman out there, and it has been for a very, very long time (try 100 odd years for long!) Choose a cut and length that feels perfect for you, and you’ll have a classic piece on your hands that you will literally wear for decades to come. Just make sure to choose a well made piece that’s designed right for your frame, and you’ll be all set.
A slip dress is never, ever going to go out of style. This cut is so perfectly simple that you can style and imagine it in so many different ways, you’d be surprised. To get the most wear out of your slip dress, choose a high quality style cut from silk or a silky satin blend. Make sure your fit is perfect to ensure that you’re feeling your best while you’re styling your slip dress. Layer on denim jackets, oversized shirts or put a white tee underneath for casual moments or pair with more dressed up items such as stilettos and statement earrings to make it work for day or night.
The a-line cut dress is a cult classic, for a reason. This silhouette nips you in at the waist, flares out in an eye-catching feminine way and gives you all the support and structure you need at your neckline. Look for an a-line dress in a midi or mini cut to keep things flirty and fresh. Try out pastel tones or embellished printed patterns to inject some life into your dress rotation. This cut works for all kinds of occasions so get ready to invest with this one.
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Sometimes, you really just need to have that one dress, that special piece that you know you can rely on over and over again. The evening staple. The must-have mini. Look for a cropped dress with a beautifully feminine cowl neck cut detail to highlight your silhouette while still keeping things classic. The colour of your staple evening piece is going to need to be true to you and what makes you feel absolutely amazing, however, you really can’t go wrong with a delicate blushing floral print. Mix and match with casual pieces to dress down, pair with heels and a clutch to dress up – there’s not much an essential mini dress can’t do, really.
You can never really go wrong with a rib-knit dress! Look for a close fitting style in a midi or maxi length to completely revive your autumn and winter weather wardrobe, for good. Lean into the cosy vibes of the piece and choose yours in a toasty brown or warm, golden beige. This is going to pair perfectly with thick layers, chunky gold jewellery and moody toned makeup. No more jeans and jumpers all winter long for you, finally!