I wanted to do another 5 favorites post this week, but I wasn’t sure where to go next. It seems a little too early to touch on sweaters, we’ve talked a lot about shoes and boots lately, and I don’t wear many blouses or pants… so let’s talk dresses.
For this one, I’m going to speak to general styles of dresses rather than exact items, but I do have some pictures and links of samples in my closet.
My 5 Favorite Dresses
#1. Classic Sheath
A structured sheath is hands-down my favorite dress silhouette. It is by far the most flattering style for my hourglass shape, and I usually have a couple in my closet at any given time. My current favorite is this Tonya Pleat Dress by T Tahari, and it happens to still be in stock at Bloomingdales!
It has a great structure to it so it’s super flattering, plus it’s fully lined. The narrow v-neck is modest and flattering, and the pleated detail is a nice touch. This is a dress you can wear a blazer over for the office and then remove it for more of a dinner look. It also comes in handy for funerals, which tend to happen rather suddenly so it’s nice to have a go-to option for that.
The styling options for a black dress are virtually limitless, but I’m always partial to leopard pumps or strappy sandals for a date night look. For work, nude pumps look great with a black dress and are more modern than black, although black works too. When I wore this dress to a funeral last fall, I wore black pumps because it seemed more appropriate somehow.
For summertime, I’m a huge fan of a linen sheath. They work great for church or other events like baby showers or weddings. This year I’m loving this embroidered neck sheath. It comes in navy and black and is on sale right now.
#2. Wrap Dress
I also like to have a wrap dress in my closet, usually in a print. These are generally summer dresses for me, but sometimes you can find them with 3/4 or long sleeves for winter, and you can always throw a cardigan or blazer over top a short sleeved dress to make it more year-round appropriate. This navy and white polka dot wrap dress is still in stock, and it’s a nice one for summer.
I also have and like this one but it is no longer available. For some reason, I’m drawn to wrap dresses in bold prints.
#3. Sweater Dress (fall/winter)
I love a good sweater dress in the wintertime. Last year I had this teal one from LOFT, which I wore with booties in the fall and then tights and tall boots when it got colder.
I also picked up this one at Ann Taylor, and I wore it to church a few times with boots and tights. Neither are currently available, but as more fall styles arrive in the stores, there will be more options.
#4. Casual Knit Dress
It’s always nice to have a few casual dresses you can throw on with sneakers or sandals and then top off with a sweater or jean jacket if you need some extra warmth. I tend to like knit dresses for this purpose, and right now I love this striped tank dress I found at Nordstrom a few weeks ago. It comes in green, blue, black, and solid black, and it’s fully stocked.
I’ve also styled a couple versions of this Old Navy 3/4-sleeve shift dress. They don’t have one in stock right now, but they usually carry some version of this in spring and fall.
#5. Printed Shift Dress
I usually have one or two shift dresses in my fall/winter wardrobe because they pair nicely with tights and boots when it’s cold out or pumps in milder weather. I’ve passed on the few I had because they tend to be memorable and I’d already worn them quite a few times, so I’ll be on the lookout for something new this fall.
Well, I guess that was a few more than 5. LOL! For a girl who doesn’t love dresses, I sure did come up with quite a bunch to share.
Before you ask, no, I don’t really wear maxi dresses. I’ve had some in the past, but I didn’t have one this summer. I tend to prefer knee-length dresses. I find them easier to wear and they don’t seem as fussy, but I know a lot of women who can rock a maxi dress so I’m not saying no one should wear them. They’re just not my personal favorite. The swing dress style is also cute on others but doesn’t do much for me, and a fit-and-flare or A-line style is great for women with more of a pear shape.
With dresses, you really have to know what works for your body type and stick to what looks good on you regardless of what is trending. But then again, that’s probably true for all matters of fashion. I’m just happy sheath dresses are plentiful right now!
Speaking of knowing what works for your body type, registration for the next Adore Your Wardrobe course will be opening soon. I’ll keep you posted, but if you’re curious or want to get on the waist list, you can find out more HERE.
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