Trends may come and go, but there are some essential silhouettes that you must have so that you will never be without the right look for any occasion. But, when it comes to choosing the perfect dress for you, there are so many options available— cotton knit dresses, lacey style, and more, it can become overwhelming. So how do you get it right?

Don’t worry! We have got you covered.

We have put together 10 gorgeous pieces of clothing that you should have in your closet. (Don’t be afraid to splurge on these dresses as they will be your trusty sidekicks for a long time to come)

Classic Little Black Dress (LBD)

Iconic, versatile, and timeless, little black dress is probably the most legendary of all dresses. 

A closet staple, every woman should have this one and not without reason — LBD makes for stand-out formal attire and is also a red carpet perennial.

If you are wearing it as it is, team it with a slim belt (if it’s A-line) or accessorize with a stylish colored minaudiere, stilettos shoes, scarf, clutch, or a piece of jewelry. Or, go for an embellished collar pairing with red lipstick to make a bold fashion statement.

You can also add layers like a shrug or denim blazer to enjoy style flexibility!

Skater Dress

This is an A-line dress that is simple loose-fitting, narrower at the top, and flares towards the end. Generally worn mid-thigh level, skater dress actually goes with most body types as it has a slimming effect and can help you hide a broader lower body. 

However, such dresses look best on women with slim and petite figures as they emphasize on their fragility and create an attractive, often seductive silhouette.

Wear it with bright lip shades or for a more chic look, you can team it with pumps or ballerinas, geometrical bangles, and an elegant A-4 clutch.

Simple Slip Dress

This humble dress has slipped out of the boudoir and into your day out outfits. These silky and slinky spaghetti strap dresses are elegant, you can wear it with minimal jewelry and still stand out.

Team it with a denim jacket and white sneakers for a weekend outing, or just to grab lunch with a friend. Or, throw on a great long blazer and heel or strappy sandals to take this piece to the office — make sure your slip dress is not too body-hugging, sexy, or short.

You can dress down a simple slip dress in quite a number of other ways as well. From tying a checkered shirt around the waist over it, adding a denim jacket, or simply throwing a sweater over it and treating it like a skirt. Or, add a little white tee or thin turtleneck under it for a Parisian inspired look. 

Long Maxi dress

The best part about these maxi dress outfits is that they look incredibly feminine. 

Many believe that these long dresses are strictly meant for tall women, but that’s a myth. In fact, these summer wardrobe staples look amazing on everyone. If you are petite, go for cut-out or gradient maxi dresses, else stick to straight-cut gowns with a noticeable waistline if you wear plus-sized clothes.

For a casual look, you can wear white sneakers with a flowy maxi dress along with a basket bag or headscarf. Pair with a moto jacket for an evening out with friends.

Sheath dress

Designed to suit any occasion, a sheath dress fits close to the body and is conservative yet feminine. Apt for workplace dressing, pair a black sheath dress with a string of pearls, matching pumps, and jacket or cardigan. 

Dress it up with statement jewelry and a formal clutch for an evening out or gladiator sandals and a tote for something more informal.

Shirt Dress

These comfy shirt dresses became popular in the 1940s and are still ruling the fashion world. Summer friendly, these dresses suit all body types, making it a must-have outfit. 

Borrowed from a man’s shirt, it spells cool tomboy chic — perfect as day outfit or casual evenings. You can also accessorize them with glitzy earrings, booties, a slim belt, and a saddlebag to add to the drama. Moreover, you can dress it up at the office or wear it with a pair of leggings, pants, or skinny jeans.

Spicy Cocktail dress

Considered as standard dress code for parties and evening functions, cocktail dress typically finishes at or above the knees.

Feel free to wear these dresses for those evening events when you want to look stylish and sexy. Pairing it with high heels and a little bling is always a good idea.

A cocktail dress is more comfortable and practical, also it doesn’t limit your movements when you flow with the beats, perfect choice to wear to formal club parties.

Lacey Dress

You can’t do without a lacey outfit in the hot season! Wearing it spells lady-like glamour and makes for a flirty, feminine statement.

These elegant pieces of clothing are just perfect for parties or any social event you may have. Pair it with a simple clutch and heels, and you’ll look gorgeous.

If you are tempted by laces in darker shades in red and black, team it with classic black pumps. In case hues peach, white, mint green, or yellow suit your style, then go for accessories in black or brown color and you are all set!

Plush Evening Gown

Though, you might rarely pull a floor-length evening gown out, you should have one in your closet for special occasions. 

Evening gowns are the perfect dress for any formal event, like a wedding, celebration, or official reception starting post seven p.m.

However, make sure that you go formal with your accessories that complement your evening wear. A pair of chandelier style earrings are gorgeous for a formal night out or take a satin clutch to add more style and texture to your ensemble while still maintaining that formal dress code. 

If your gown has detail around the neckline, make this the focus and opt for a statement cuff bangle or ring with oversized crystal or gem embellishments.

Cozy Everyday Dress

This simple, inexpensive, and super comfy dress is the perfect choice for everyday wear. 

Whether you are going to university, for a walk, or to a movie with your friends, this dress will keep you cozy and stylish all day long.

It’s versatile, try cotton knit dress for a flexible drape and soft feel or a short dress with a halter or off-shoulder style for a playful look.

Go with ballet flats in your feet with these everyday dresses, or accessorize it with a paisley printed scarf.

Wrap Up

All these are classics and can last for years or even decades if you take care of them. 

Remember that your delicate knitted dresses need little extra care — make sure to read, understand, and follow properly the knitting fabric manufacturer’s cleaning instructions mentioned on the product label and you can never go wrong.