There is just something about a dress that I absolutely love. Dresses make me feel stylish and put-together, and they make the styling process just a little easier. It’s one piece, and you can just throw on a dress and know that you look good. I’ve been known to wear a different dress for seven days in a row, so yeah, it’s safe to say I’m a dress person. If I’m being honest, the real reason I love dresses is that they’re so comfortable and sometimes can feel like glorified nightgowns, and I love it.
Over the years, I have acquired a pretty extensive dress collection, and yes, it’s still growing. I wear dresses literally everywhere—heading to the office, going on a date, meeting up with friends, running errands, going out for the night… If you can name it, I’ve likely worn a dress to it. When it comes to my dresses, there are five dress styles that I gravitate toward over the rest and that I think everyone needs in their dress collection.
Keep scrolling to see the dress styles I swear by and the ones that are currently waiting for me to press "order.”
Classic Body-Con Dress
I’ve loved body-con dresses for years, and we all remember when the body-con Skims maxi dress (featured above on Cass Dimicco) went viral on TikTok. A good body-con is a must-have. It’s simple and sultry and has a ’90s-nostalgia feel to it. You can style this look with flat sandals or sneakers, a shoulder bag, and vintage sunglasses for a daytime look, or you can pair this dress with sleek mules and a sparkly accessory for something a little more glam.
Satin Maxi Dress
If I could wear a satin maxi dress every day, I think I would. Remember when I said some dresses are like glorified nightgowns? I’d file this look under that category. Style with layered necklaces, simple earrings, and sleek heels for a minimal yet elevated look. Perfect for a party in the summertime.
There’s nothing better than putting on an amazing minidress when getting ready for a night out with your friends. To me, it’s the ultimate party look, and I always have so much fun shopping for new ones to add to my collection. This cutout House of CB dress that Emma Leger styled with a sparkly Staud bag and platform Versace shoes is absolutely everything.
Daytime Floral-Printed Dress
Nothing says dainty, romantic, and sweet like a daytime floral dress. I’m into the cottagecore vibes this style of dress has, and I usually style my floral-printed dresses with sneakers or flat sandals and a straw bag. It works for brunch, a park day, or a trip to the farmers market.
Simple White Dress
I’m dubbing this the "little-white-dress summer.” It’s a look that never fails. You can go for any hem length as well, but when it comes to white dresses, I usually opt for something a bit shorter. It’s a great look for day or night, and you can style it with basically any footwear.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Grace has always been a lover of all things fashion and beauty. Upon receiving her first degree in visual communications from FIDM in Los Angeles, she moved to New York City and continued her education at LIM College, majoring in fashion media with a minor in society and culture. Grace has worked for PhotoBook magazine, Insider, and Harper's Bazaar. As a writer, Grace has had pieces published covering topics including racial justice, fashion, politics, and current events. During her free time, she loves wine tasting, creating content for her social media, spending time with friends, traveling to new places, and Pilates, and has a love for reality television, especially The Real Housewives. Grace is the person in your friend group everyone goes to for recommendations for the best place to grab drinks in NYC on a Friday night or the best hotels and restaurants to try when traveling to a new city. While fashion is her main love, she loves all things wellness and lifestyle as well. Her ideal sunday is brunching with friends then walking around furniture shopping and listening to a podcast. As the assistant shopping editor at Who What Wear, Grace loves finding the best buys out there for the WWW readers.
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