10 Essential Dresses You Should Own

Summer fashion


“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.”

– said American costume designer Edith Head. In the realm of on and off-duty dressing alike, let this be a reminder to us every day.

I hope the following selection inspires you to choose semi-fitted styles that softly follow curves and show off waistlines. Also on the list are flattering silhouettes including full skirts, full-on swing dresses and demure sheath dresses. I know for a fact that these styles are especially handy when you only have the mood for minimal effort, outfit-wise.

1. Little Black Dress with Stripe Trims from migunstyle

Few dresses in the world are as powerful as the mighty black one. One is hardly ever under/overdressed in black. I might be biased towards effortless dressing these days, but this one truly works for everything: the office, the movies, even black tie affairs.

2. Patterned Sheath Dress from ERANZI

A nicely structured sheath dress like this sleeveless patterned version is perfect for normal days at the office. It also works for brunches or more casual outings when tempered with the right accessories – this is in fact the forte of the look: it transitions perfectly with the addition of statement jewelry and an oversized cardigan.

3. Two-Tone Layered Dress from DABAGIRL

This is not your typical dress for the business environment or serious meetings. While the two-tone palette lends the minimalist look a modern edge, an easy way to style it up is to always wear a statement piece or add a fun item to the look. It can even be a vivid manicure or a new lipstick – it’s all in the details!

4. Patterned Skater Dress with Cutaway Details from Dowisi

The staple, predictable skater dress can always be given a twist. Playing with subtle prints is one way to do it right. The lovely mix of neutrals makes for a great canvas for colorful accessories. I’d pair it with ballet flats for a more casual look, and with nude pumps and a boxy clutch for cocktails/evenings.

5. White Lace Skater Dress from ERANZI

Accessorizing can be such a headache sometimes. The best thing about feminine lace is that it has enough delicious details. With simple ballerina flats, this dress makes for a pretty outfit for summer strolls. Statement earrings and red lipstick suffice to dress it up.

6. Monochrome Maxi Dress with Nipped-In Waist from Silky Kiss

Maxi dresses can be elusive. That’s why when it comes to the floor-grazing silhouette, I am always extra cautious not to clash bold patterns with loud colors. This versatile edition is perfect for essentially everything. When the temps drop, just pull out your trusty biker leather jacket and you’ll look right on point.

7. Striped Midi Swing Dress from PPGIRL

Comfortable and romantic, this figure-flattering swing dress is a great choice for those who are retro “pin-up” girls at heart. I’m going for the muted black hue to temper the flamboyant silhouette for a more slouchy feel.

8. Wrap Dress with Tonal Waist Tie from GUMZZI

The wrap dress has a super-flattering and easy-to-wear silhouette. If you lean towards a feminine style with a subtly sexy twist, this fitted design flatters the physique and will prove very handy in keeping the office dress code interesting. It also doubles as a standout after-dark look when paired with heels.

9. Print Slip Dress from Onyaya

The slip dress can be a fantastic staple to consider for your weekend. This bright print edition is loved for its vivid shades, which pairs great with the mostly black and white capsule toppers I have in my closet. I’d team this with an oversized cardigan for chilly evenings.

10. Off-The-Shoulder Black Bodycon Dress from Fashion Street

One should always have a dressy “going out” dress in the mix for those “nothing to wear to a party” situations. The understated LBD, in this case upped with an off-the-shoulder design, will be my unsung hero next time I’m stuck in a wardrobe pickle – which is often.

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