The Only 5 Dresses You Need in Your Closet

The Only 5 Dresses You Need in Your Closet

When it comes to dress shopping, it sometimes can feel like wading through an endless sea of fabric. From floral prints to all-black sheer numbers and architecturally inspired silhouettes, from textures like light chiffon to modern neoprene, there are just a ton of options out there, and it can be a bit overwhelming at times.

We’re here to help. As it turns out, there are only five dresses you really need in your closet at any given time.

Keep scrolling to find out what they are, and shop 20 stylish dresses right now!

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The Only 5 Dresses You Need in Your Closet

  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

    1.

    No shocker here! Every woman needs a really stylish LBD as part of her sartorial wheelhouse. Your mom probably iengrained this in you from a young age, and for very good reason. The LBD is one the most versatile and consistently appropriate dresses for just about every occasion.

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  • New Jeanne Two Wrap Dress

    New Jeanne Two Wrap Dress

    Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne Two Wrap Dress ($325)

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  • Tany Front-Slit Dress

    Tany Front-Slit Dress

    Alice + Olivia Tany Front-Slit Dress ($330)

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  • Stretch-Ponte and Lace Dress

    Stretch-Ponte and Lace Dress

    Mason by Michelle Mason Stretch-Ponte and Lace Dress ($540)

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  • Jersey Twist Draped Sleeveless Dress

    Jersey Twist Draped Sleeveless Dress

    T by Alexander Wang Jersey Twist Draped Sleeveless Dress ($215)

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  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

    2.

    For most women, getting invited to formal events is exciting—until it comes to picking out what to wear. Remove the stress from the equation by having a cache of well-fitting formal dresses on hand whenever an invite comes through. (You can also use our handy dress codes guide to figure out what to wear to which events.)

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  • Idil A-Line Gown

    Idil A-Line Gown

    Hellessy Idil A-Line Gown ($1695)

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  • Manera Knit Long-Sleeve Dress

    Manera Knit Long-Sleeve Dress

    Opening Ceremony Manera Knit Long-Sleeve Dress ($495)

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  • Alabama Gown

    Alabama Gown

    Stone Cold Fox Alabama Gown ($550)

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  • Deep Slit Dress

    Deep Slit Dress

    Helmut Lang Deep Slit Dress ($360)

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  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

    3.

    No matter your style, a good statement dress is a must-own. Whether you’re a girly girl who consistently reaches for floral prints, or a mod-inspired woman who loves a good abstract print, find a statement-making dress that works for you and stick with it!

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  • Floral-Print Tunic Dress

    Floral-Print Tunic Dress

    Dries Van Noten Floral-Print Tunic Dress ($1095)

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  • Flower Silhouette-Print Kanan Halter Dress

    Flower Silhouette-Print Kanan Halter Dress

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  • Donegal Dress

    Donegal Dress

    Clover Canyon Donegal Dress ($220)

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  • Abstract Floral-Print A-Line Dress

    Abstract Floral-Print A-Line Dress

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  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

    4.

    We cannot emphasize this one enough: An oft-overlooked star in the seemingly hundreds of dress silhouettes out there, the swing dress is one of the most flattering styles. If you’ve ever experienced a so-called “fat day,” you probably already understand why the swing dress can be your best friend.

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  • Organic Cotton Smock Dress In Check Print

    Organic Cotton Smock Dress In Check Print

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  • Drie Floral Swing Dress

    Drie Floral Swing Dress

    A.L.C. Drie Floral Swing Dress ($138)

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  • Sleeveless Shirt Dress

    Sleeveless Shirt Dress

    Barneys New York X Yasmin Sewell Sleeveless Shirt Dress ($825)

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  • Lelou Swing Dress

    Lelou Swing Dress

    Madewell Lelou Swing Dress ($148)

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  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

    5.

    While a great LBD is certainly something you can wear to the office, sometimes it’s a good idea to change it up a bit by wearing professional dresses that experiment more with color, pattern, and shape. Key ideas: Don’t show cleavage, limit the amount of skin you show, and steer clear of overtly wild prints.

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  • Ribbed Pencil Dress

    Ribbed Pencil Dress

    Vince Ribbed Pencil Dress ($245)

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  • Eva Silk Printed Draped-Skirt Dress

    Eva Silk Printed Draped-Skirt Dress

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  • Wiggle Dress in Pastel Floral Print

    Wiggle Dress in Pastel Floral Print

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  • Helix Jersey Deep Twist

    Helix Jersey Deep Twist

    Helmut Lang Helix Jersey Deep Twist ($319)

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  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet
  • New Jeanne Two Wrap Dress
  • Tany Front-Slit Dress
  • Stretch-Ponte and Lace Dress
  • Jersey Twist Draped Sleeveless Dress
  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet
  • Idil A-Line Gown
  • Manera Knit Long-Sleeve Dress
  • Alabama Gown
  • Deep Slit Dress
  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet
  • Floral-Print Tunic Dress
  • Flower Silhouette-Print Kanan Halter Dress
  • Donegal Dress
  • Abstract Floral-Print A-Line Dress
  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet
  • Organic Cotton Smock Dress In Check Print
  • Drie Floral Swing Dress
  • Sleeveless Shirt Dress
  • Lelou Swing Dress
  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet
  • Ribbed Pencil Dress
  • Eva Silk Printed Draped-Skirt Dress
  • Wiggle Dress in Pastel Floral Print
  • Helix Jersey Deep Twist
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  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet
  • New Jeanne Two Wrap Dress
  • Tany Front-Slit Dress
  • Stretch-Ponte and Lace Dress
  • Jersey Twist Draped Sleeveless Dress
  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet
  • Idil A-Line Gown
  • Manera Knit Long-Sleeve Dress
  • Alabama Gown
  • Deep Slit Dress
  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet
  • Floral-Print Tunic Dress
  • Flower Silhouette-Print Kanan Halter Dress
  • Donegal Dress
  • Abstract Floral-Print A-Line Dress
  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet
  • Organic Cotton Smock Dress In Check Print
  • Drie Floral Swing Dress
  • Sleeveless Shirt Dress
  • Lelou Swing Dress
  • What Dresses Every Woman Needs in Her Closet
  • Ribbed Pencil Dress
  • Eva Silk Printed Draped-Skirt Dress
  • Wiggle Dress in Pastel Floral Print
  • Helix Jersey Deep Twist
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