7 Dresses That Will Never Go Out Of Style

You may be totally in love with your flashy cutout dress right now, but these seven dress styles will stand the test of time.

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    Consider this your mini fashion history lesson for the day! Click through to see which seven dress styles you should keep as closet mainstays, and be sure to shop your favorites!

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    Halter Dress

    This back-baring frock gained popularity in the ‘40s and ‘50s (Marilyn Monroe, we’re looking at you), and underwent a disco-drenched revival in the early ‘70s thanks to style icons like Jerry Hall and Bianca Jagger. If you’ve got a glam, floor-length halter dress, keep it!

    On Huntington-Whiteley: Gucci dress

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    River Island Brown Leopard Print Wrap Neck Maxi Dress ($70)

    If a tropical vacation is on your horizon, try this mixed-print frock at your island-style happy hour.

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    Tibi Long Draped Dress ($495)

    There’s zero probability you won’t turn heads in this dress.

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    Halston Heritage Draped Double-Faced Satin Gown ($595)

    Why not channel your inner disco queen and show up to your next party in this bright little number?

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    A-Line Dress

    This flattering dress dates back to 1955, when Paris couturier Christian Dior introduced his “New Look”. Resembling the letter A, this feminine style usually has narrow shoulders and flares from the waist out to the hem of the skirt. Recap: this dress looks good on everyone; it’s not going anywhere.

    On Bilson: Chanel dress

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    French Connection Summer Liana Lace Dress ($288)

    Meet: your go-to tea party dress.

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    Alice + Olivia Fila Flare Box Pleat Dress ($597)

    Attending a wedding this spring? Try this delightfully feminine frock.

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    Rebecca Taylor Tweed & Ponte Dress ($375)

    If we had it our way, we’d pair this dress with chic ballet flats and dance the night away.

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    Shift Dress

    We can all think of our favorite ‘60s muses, like Jean Shrimpton, donning the shift dress, and luckily, this style is still incredibly relevant on and off the red carpet.

    On Moretz: Christopher Kane dress

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    Topshop Poppy Placement Shift Dress ($180)

    This dress has all the appeal of a high-end designer, with an affordable price tag. Yes, please, and thank you!

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    Dorothy Perkins Animal Collared Shift Dress ($35)

    What with the polar vortex and all, we understand if you can’t wear this sleeveless shift dress just yet, but stock up and you’ll be grateful come spring.

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    Mango College Style Shift Dress ($90)

    If you fancy yourself the Alexa Chung-type, then go for this.

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    Shirt Dress

    When we think of the shirtdress, our minds wander to Brigitte Bardot in the 1956 film And God Created Woman wearing a sexy shirtdress cinched at the waist. A Bardot-approved dress? Say no more.

    On Blanchett: Michael Kors dress

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    Acne Dee Solid Off White Dress ($310)

    We love the crisp, clean quality of this dress. Pair it with messy hair and brogues, and you’ll be set.

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    Steven Alan New Classic Shirtdress ($215)

    Embrace the masculine qualities of a shirtdress in this tomboy-chic number.

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    J.Crew Collection Pleated Crepe Shirt Dress ($198)

    The bold hue and knife pleats make this shirtdress extraordinary, we’d say.

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    PHOTO: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images | Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

    Slip Dress

    Naturally, ‘20s movie star Jean Harlow made us fall in love with this bias-cut slinky number. And much to our delight, it seems as though each generation has found a place for it, including Kate Moss in the ‘90s, all the way to present-day Rihanna.

    On Rihanna: Calvin Klein Collection dress

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    Need Supply Carousel Dress ($62)

    We love this nighttime staple paired with a turtleneck.

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    Topshop Garden Floral Slip Dress by Boutique ($180)

    Go grunge and pair lace-up boots and wine lips with this floral frock.

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    Pixie Market Velvet Lace Slip Dress ($89)

    Throw a leather jacket over this dress and you’ve got yourself one hell of a date night look.

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    Evening Gown

    When we say “evening gown” we tend to think of the bouffant ball gowns concocted by American couturier Charles James. If you’re lucky enough to attend soirees requiring such a dress, we suggest you choose a structured gown reminiscent of James’ designs.

    On Kruger: Prabal Gurung dress

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    BCBGMAXAZRIA Gracie Strapless Peplum Gown ($598)

    We can’t get over the amazing origami detailing on this peplum gown, and why should we?

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    Halston Heritage Floral-Jacquard Halterneck Gown ($695)

    If you have a black and white ball coming up (because so many of us do), this is what you should wear.

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    ML Monique Lhuillier Cross Strap Faille Ballgown ($598)

    Generally, we avoid any type of “princess” analogy, but seriously, this dress screams royalty.

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    PHOTO: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic | Tim Boxer/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

    Wrap Dress

    From ancient kimonos to Diane Von Furstenberg’s ‘70s revival, it’s safe to say the wrap dress is worth investing in. Not only is it insanely figure-flattering, but it’s perfect for work and play.

    On Nyong: Prabal Gurung dress

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    Diane Von Furstenberg Amelia Dress ($485)

    If you’re going to invest in one wrap dress, make it DVF.

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    Anne Klein Houndstooth Wrap Dress ($99)

    There’s something so wonderfully seasonal about this houndstooth number.

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    Phase Eight Jerry Cross Front Dress ($131)

    If you tend to go for minimal color palettes, opt for this timeless navy dress.

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Brown Leopard Print Wrap Neck Maxi Dress

Brown Leopard Print Wrap Neck Maxi Dress

River Island, $70
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Long Draped Dress

Long Draped Dress

Tibi, $495
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Draped Double-Faced Satin Gown

Draped Double-Faced Satin Gown

Halston Heritage, $595
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Summer Liana Lace Dress

Summer Liana Lace Dress

French Connection, $288
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Fila Flare Box Pleat Dress

Fila Flare Box Pleat Dress

Alice + Olivia, $597
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Tweed & Ponte Dress

Tweed & Ponte Dress

Rebecca Taylor, $375
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Poppy Placement Shift Dress

Poppy Placement Shift Dress

Topshop, $180
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Animal Collared Shift Dress

Animal Collared Shift Dress

Dorothy Perkins, $35
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College Style Shift Dress

College Style Shift Dress

Mango, $90
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Dee Solid Off White Dress

Dee Solid Off White Dress

Acne, $310
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New Classic Shirtdress

New Classic Shirtdress

Steven Alan, $215
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Collection Pleated Crepe Shirt Dress

Collection Pleated Crepe Shirt Dress

J.Crew, $198
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Carousel Dress

Carousel Dress

Need Supply, $62
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Garden Floral Slip Dress by Boutique

Garden Floral Slip Dress by Boutique

Topshop, $180
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Velvet Lace Slip Dress

Velvet Lace Slip Dress

Pixie Market, $89
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Gracie Strapless Peplum Gown

Gracie Strapless Peplum Gown

BCBGMAXAZRIA, $598
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Floral-Jacquard Halterneck Gown

Floral-Jacquard Halterneck Gown

Halston Heritage, $695
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Cross Strap Faille Ballgown

Cross Strap Faille Ballgown

ML Monique Lhuillier, $598
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Amelia Dress

Amelia Dress

Diane Von Furstenberg, $485
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Houndstooth Wrap Dress

Houndstooth Wrap Dress

Anne Klein, $99
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Jerry Cross Front Dress

Jerry Cross Front Dress

Phase Eight, $131
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