Trends may come and go, but there are some essential silhouettes you must always have a good look at for any occasion. But, when choosing the perfect designer dresses for women, 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)

The little black dress is probably legendary, iconic, versatile, and timeless. 

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, wear an embellished collar paired with red lipstick to make a bold fashion statement.

Add layers like a shrug or denim blazer to enjoy style flexibility!

Skater Dress

This A-line dress is simple, loose-fitting, narrower at the top, and flares towards the end. Generally worn mid-thigh level, skater dress 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, emphasizing their fragility and creating 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 modest dress has slipped from the boudoir and into your day-out outfits. These silky and slinky spaghetti strap dresses are elegant; you can wear them with minimal jewelry and still stand out.

Team it with a denim jacket and white sneakers for a weekend outing, or 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 several other ways, from tying a checkered shirt around the waist, 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 feature about these maxi dress outfits is that they look incredibly feminine. Browse summer maxi dresses for women to find double-lined, unique ones with adjustable straps. 

Many believe 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; stick to straight-cut gowns with a noticeable waistline if you wear plus-sized clothes.

Wear white sneakers with a flowy maxi dress and a basket bag or headscarf for a casual look. 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. For workplace dressing, pair a black sheath dress with a string of pearls, matching pumps, and a jacket or cardigan. 

Dress it up with statement jewelry, 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 still rule the fashion world. Summer friendly, these dresses suit all body types, making them a must-have. 

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

Spicy Cocktail dress

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

Feel free to wear these dresses for those evening events when you want to look be stylish with orSlow skirts 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; it is a 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 of red and black, team them with classic black pumps. In case of 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, wear formal with accessories that complement your evening wear. A pair of chandelier earrings are gorgeous for a formal night out, or take a satin clutch to add more style and texture to your ensemble while maintaining that proper 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.

Cosy Everyday Dress

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

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

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

Wear ballet flats on your feet with these everyday dresses, or accessorize them with a printed paisley scarf.

Wrap Up

These are classics and can last for years or even decades if you care for 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.