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The Must-Have Dresses For Every Woman’s Wardrobe

The cornerstone of any stylish woman is her selection of timeless dresses. Creating that capsule collection of must-have styles in your wardrobe is a foolproof way of always looking effortlessly chic. Whether you're off to a dinner date or need a day dress, there's a select few signature styles that you'll love throughout the seasons. Teaming your dresses with more trend led accessories and footwear will give a contemporary edge with each wear and make each dress well worth the investment. Here's our guide to the must-have dresses every woman should have in her wardrobe.

De La Vali Animal Print Dress

Must-Have Dress Styles

#1 The LBD

#2 White Cotton

#3 Floral Midi

#4 Shirt Dress

#5 Animal Print

#6 Slip Dress

#1 The LBD

An obvious choice and sitting at number one in our must-have dresses is the LBD. The little black dress has been an essential part of a woman's wardrobe for the past century. Not only for its timeless style but the versatility also. Coming in a range of styles the LBD can have more trend led features like a puffed sleeve or sweetheart neckline and can be teamed with both formal and casual accessories for day to night transition. The LBD is accessible and flattering on all for the many takes on the style, here are our top picks.

#2 White Cotton

A must-have summer time staple, a white cotton dress exudes femininity and fun. Dress up or down with the addition of a blazer or leather jacket and a pair of mules, the white cotton dress will serve you well throughout the warmer months. With a range of styles available, choose from plain white to printed, mini to maxi dresses, (weather dependant of course) and team with a pair of tan leather sandals for sophisticated lady like style.

#3 The Floral Midi Dress

Rixo dress

Floral midi's are the epitome of throw on and go dresses. A real hero piece for when you are limited on time but still want to look your best. Giving vintage vibes, floral dresses add a feminine touch to your look but can be easily translated into more edgy style with clever accessorising. The floral dress is a trend that is never going away and with so many variations on offer, you might find it tricky to pick the right one for you, so here's some pointers.

#4 Shirt Dress

One for your workwear wardrobe but also suitable for after work drinks, shirt dresses are a must-have. The more smarter style is flattering on all shapes and sizes with options to button up or down.  Wear solo or over jeans and pants for a more high fashion look. Keep it simple and let the dress do the talking with a pair of staple hoops and dainty necklace for the day, and take through to the night with a pair of strappy kitten heels.

#5 Animal Print

Faithful the brand dress

We couldn't be bigger advocates of the animal print dress. Injecting a little fun into your wardrobe, animal print it a key style and should be worn with confidence. Opt for a more minimalist animal print if you want to dip your toe in the first instance. We understand it can be a bit daunting to go all in if you have more of a muted wardrobe. Another of our versatile styles, the animal print trend isn't going away any time soon,  and is featured heavily on designer runways every season.

#6 The Slip Dress

Number six on our list of must-have dresses is the slip dress. Highlighting the sophistication of the feminine silhouette, the slip dress is known for its silky composition and strappy finish. Showing just enough skin, slip dresses are the ideal dinner date dress teamed with a pair of mules, dainty jewellery and light jacket for when it gets chilly! Alternatively layer a T-shirt underneath or a cardigan on top to take your slip dress from a night time look to a more casual everyday style.


Emma Bowkett
Emma Bowkett Writer and expert

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