5 Must-Have, Crazy-Versatile Dresses

If you’re finding yourself with a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear then it’s probably time to get back to basics by swapping in a few more versatile items! The five dresses below are core components of any wardrobe, and each one can be styled infinite ways to suit any occasion or mood. 

SHIRTDRESS

The shirtdress is a tried and true option that can be dressed down just as easily as it can be dressed up - it’ll take you from the workweek into the weekend in a snap. The perfect layering item, the shirtdress looks sharp under a sweater or over pants. Want to keep it simple? Just belt the dress, slip into a pair of heeled sandals and you’re good to go. How easy is that?

WHITE SHIFT DRESS

Spring has sprung, which means the white shift dress just became your new best friend. We’re loving one with a little structure and volume and a short hemline to make legs look like they go on for days (adding a pair of heels doesn’t hurt either). The shift dress is a blank canvas - dress it up with a funky clutch or a pair of colored sunnies, or opt for an effortless look with sneakers and a denim jacket.

ALICE+OLIVIA Dress $298   @talisa_sutton

ALICE+OLIVIA Dress $298  
@talisa_sutton

PRINTED MAXI DRESS

The printed maxi is a statement maker that does all the work for you. The right shoes can drastically shift the look, making it great for any number of occasions.  A pair of heels will effortlessly elevate the dress for a more formal, glam look, sneakers will make it look surprisingly street smart, and sandals will take it from spring all the way through summer.

TANK DRESS

What’s more comfortable and ready-for-anything than the tank dress? Simple, sexy, and laid-back, this dress can do it all. It looks great with flats, sneakers, or a low cut boot making it afternoon errand running-ready, but easily takes you into night when paired with heels and a contrasting coat. 

LBD

And of course, the LBD - perhaps the most famous wardrobe staple. Keep it classic with a tailored camel overcoat and heeled boots or black ballet flats or give it a little edge with a moto jacket and stilettos. It’s also the perfect baselayer for printed jackets and scarves, making colors and patterns pop.