Dresses are a mainstay in most girls’ closet and is one of the most versatile garments one can have. They can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and no matter what’s trending, a great dress that is also a classic is a wardrobe investment. We’re spoilt for choice in this day and age with so many different styles available. You can get all kinds of dresses in various lengths, hems, waistline and sleeve designs just to name a few. However, it can sometimes get overwhelming trying to pick from the many choices. Of course, when selecting a dress, a lot depends on personal taste and your body shape, height and even the weather or occasion.

However, there are some essential forms of dresses that everyone should have in their closet. For these classic dresses are trans-seasonal and timeless. The key here is to pick classic colours or prints that won’t go out of style. Pay attention to cuts and silhouettes that flatter your body, necklines that can make a difference and textures or patterns that make these pieces unique. From go-to work outfits to black-tie occasions, we’ve listed the essential types of dresses every woman should have in her closet all year round.

Keep scrolling to check out the classic dresses you should have in your wardrobe:

1. The LBD

It goes without saying that every woman needs a little black dress in her closet. Black is a foolproof combo for a chic outfit and very easy to style up or down depending on the occasion like dinner or cocktails. Depending on the cut and style you choose, it can easily be layered and brilliantly transitions from day-to-night. Pair it with a sexy heel and red lips for the evening and you’re good to go. When selecting an LBD or even a basic black dress, opt for a style that’s more simple and tailored rather than trend-focused, so you can pull it out time and again no matter the season.

2. A Formal Gown

Yes, we all do need formal dresses for  fancy parties or black-tie events. In this case, a cocktail dress or LBD won’t cut it. It is always better to invest in one beforehand so you’re not panicking at the last minute trying to find something that matches the dress code. Usually, formal events require something full length. A simple, floor-length dress in classic colours and cuts are always a safe bet but don’t be afraid to experiment with something bolder or in prints—however its best to avoid prints that will go out of fashion soon. If you’re on a more petite side and want to look taller, opt for solid colours from head to toe.

3. A Sheath Dress

Sheath dresses are wardrobe essentials because they can look conservative yet feminine. It works for any occasion; even for work, meeting or job interviews. This type of dress looks good on everyone no matter what your body type is. A sheath dress is most commonly cut straight and nipped at the waist, finishing right by your knees. It’s a form-fitting and tailored piece that looks great when paired with a blazer. Another classic that can easily go from day to night by swapping your jewellery and shoes for the evening.

4. Shirt Dress

Ever since its inception, a shirt dress has become a classic piece that hasn’t and probably will never go out of style. A shirt dress is also available in many different iterations with varying lengths and fits. However, it essentially features a shirt collar and button-down front. It’s a simple yet chic choice when you want to keep it cool and look effortlessly elegant, specially for brunches with friends.

5. A Maxi

You have to have at least one maxi dress in your closet already— in this case, we’re talking about the flowy and comfy kind. It’s a fantastic must-have staple that strikes a balance between smart and relaxed with its long length. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or out at a cafe, it makes you look dressed up without much effort. A major plus side to a full-length maxi is that it doesn’t require shaving your legs if you’re feeling a little lazy—unless of course, you’re opting for one with slits.

We’re spoiled for choice with maxi dresses as well. From slip styles, lace trims, long-sleeves, spaghetti straps, sexy slits and more, the options are endless. While solid colours are always a safe bet that work all year round, you can also opt for a floral printed number if you don’t already have one in your closet. It’ll be one you can easily pull out every spring and summer.

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