No matter the season, dresses are a wardrobe staple that work just as well for the office as they do for a night out. Of course, the trick is to find dress styles you feel comfortable wearing – and styles that fit your body beautifully. While dress trends come and go, certain cuts and designs are timeless, and these are the ones you want to add to your closet. We’ve put together a list of some of the hottest dress styles that you need to know, and you’ll want to add a few of these to your wardrobe, too.
Dress Style #1 – Fit and Flare Dress
Fit and flare dresses continue to be popular because they look great on any body type. They’re universally flattering because the style mimics an hourglass shape, giving you the appearance of curves, even if you don’t have them. They define the waist and then glide over the rest of your body, which is perfect if you have wider hips. Wear a fit and flare with a wider, longer skirt for an evening out. Add a cropped jacket or cardigan to the dress and rock it on the job. Or go with a fit and flare that has a flowing, long skirt for a day of shopping or a weekend brunch with the girls.
Dress Style #2 – Shift Dress
The shift dress has a straight, slightly boxy shape, and according to Refinery29, it’s perfect for people who have a longer torso. The shape of the dress tricks the eye about where your hips start or end, so it can create some symmetry between the upper and lower body. A shift dress that features a shorter hem also makes your legs look like they go on for days. Shift dresses offer a classically elegant look, and they pair well with simple accessories and a great pair of pumps.
Marysia Sicily smocked cotton midi dress
Herzensangelegenheit Ohm Printed Silk Tunic
Acne Studios Oversized jersey turtleneck dress
AlexaChung Smocked cotton dress
Rosetta Getty Embroidered Satin Shift Dress
Diane von Furstenberg Tie-Front Tunic with Linen
Poupette St Barth Bibi cotton tunic dress
Carven Printed Silk Tunic Dress
Tadashi Shoji oversized bow strap evening dress - Black
Victoria Beckham side drape tunic - Black
Comme Des Garçons Vintage padded shoulder shift dress - Black
Emilio Pucci Vintage sleeveless shift dress - Black
Oscar de la Renta scarf detail shift dress - Green
P.A.R.O.S.H. draped detail sweater shift - Purple
Oscar de la Renta bow embellished shift dress - Blue
Proenza Schouler sheer panel long shift dress - Black
Mugler v-neck shift dress - Blue
Stella McCartney lace insert shift dress - Yellow
Dress Style #3 – A-Line Dress
The A-line dress fits more snugly through the top and then has a skirt that features a slightly flared hemline. Who What Wear notes that it’s a great dress style if you happen to have broader shoulders since the slightly flared hemline helps balance them out. The classic silhouette flatters every figure, and it’s easy to dress the style up or down. A pair of flats and a cardigan keep it looking casual, while some statement jewelry and your favorite heels make it instantly ready for a night out on the town.
Dress Style #4 – Bodycon Dress
The bodycon dress – it’s been made popular by stars like Khloe and Kim Kardashian. The name stands for body conscious, and this dress is all about showing off what you’ve got. A bodycon dress is designed to hug all of your curves, and they’re available in short and longer styles. Wear a short bodycon dress if you’re heading out to a club, or choose a longer one for a wedding or other more formal event.
Dress Style #5 – The Wrap Dress
The wrap dress always seems to be on-trend because it’s not only super comfortable, but it also flatters a lot of shapes. With draping above the waist and a V-neck, it draws attention up away from your hips and tummy. You can add a belt to the dress for extra waist definition. Wrap dresses are comfortable enough for weekend wear, but you can dress them and wear them to work, too.