Dresses are always a major wardrobe-essential.
I gravitate towards dresses because it’s an instant outfit. There is no thought process involved in coordinating pieces but rather a dress is a simple let me slip this on, and slip out the door kind of thing.
Dresses are versatile – they can go from day to night and from casual to dressy with only a change of a shoe.
Lastly, dresses are just darling and the variety of styles can fit my many fashion moods from fun and flirty to boss babe.
Speaking of variety, I recently went through almost every “new season” dress on the NET-A-PORTER site and chose my favorite ones for you guys depending on what suits your mood and what you’re on the lookout for this season.
Let’s begin with this crepe de chine midi button-down paisley printed dress by Michael Kors. This 70’s inspired pattern is perfect for a day at the office, work lunch, or dinner. I’d pair this with a low black pump (see here and here) for a conservative look and then switch things up for apres work with a combat boot which lends itself to an edgier vibe. Consider unbuttoning some of the buttons at the hem as well as at the collar to loosen things up a bit and perhaps think about adding an ooh la la black lace bra and a moto jacket for an added layer of coolness but really warmth.
I’m really into this Nanushka asymmetric draped check tweed wrap dress. It’s effortless, elegant, and chic. I’m always mad for plaid and I love the rust and navy tones.
This dress would work well with a knee-high boot or stiletto.
A few things to note…
I sometimes like to add a lightweight turtleneck underneath my dresses for added warmth and style… a bit retro… and for those who dress modestly, all these dresses would work well except for this mini jacquard dress, that is unless you are petit, in which case it may just hit you at the knee.
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Cut It Out
I’m just a sucker for cut-outs. I’m not sure what this winter will look like, but I’m doing my best to stay optimistic. As of now, we have outdoor dining happening in NYC all winter long as well as a 25% occupancy indoor dining situation which makes me feel hopeful. There is also the idea of small dinners held at home. Come winter, I would throw on a puffer or long duster to bring a bit of casualness to these dresses. Opting for some combat boots is also another way to balance out these pieces. Top of my cut it out list you ask? This merino wool midi dress by Monse is everything.
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Fun & Flirty
I recently wrote a post about the slip dress. They’re a great transitional piece that works year-round. I like to pair mine with a cropped or even oversize sweater or cardigan depending on my mood. I have this Nili Lotan floral one and I love!
Ulla Johnson’s bohemian ruffled silk mini dresses are so dreamy and romantic. I am particularly drawn to this vintage-inspired floral print piece. I would pair this with an oldie but goodie brown suede over the knee boot.
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Sweater dresses are super comfortable and forgiving. This wool snake print one by Ulla makes for a bold winter statement. For a more classic option, it’s worth checking out this luxe black cashmere sweater dress Saint Laurent.
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Night Out On The…
Party of 2? I don’t know? Maybe? Small social distance dinner on someone’s rooftop? You never know. Just thought I’d include these fancy-schmancy dresses should the occasion arise. They’re all so good. Be sure to check out this Alessandra Rich lace dress. I love how they styled it on the site. You can always line this if you wish. This mini dress by Dolce & Gabbana is a forever dress, one that is a great investment and will never go out of style. I’ve mentioned this before, but I am a sucker for the square neckline and Dolce’s fit is well molto dolce.
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Which type of dress is your favorite? Please comment below!