In continuation of my Build Your Basics series (where I go over the major categories of things to have in your closet and do a dive into my favorite styles in each category), we’re talking dresses!
My “Must-Have” Styles
1. Fitted/Body-Con Option
This style can be a little intimidating, but it’s one that I find myself drawn to year after year. I like that it can be dressed up or dressed down depending on your needs! I wear some shape wear underneath to help me feel a little more comfortable in something so tight and almost always add a top layer of some sort, too!
2. Conservative/More Full Coverage Dress
I love an option like this for spring holidays, like Easter, bridal and baby showers, or church. The fun print makes it feel fun and playful, even though it offers more coverage than some other options.
BB Dakota Fresh Squeezed Dress (wearing in photo above)
3. Something To Wear On A Hot Day
It gets hot in the summer here, so I need lightweight dress options for those days. Something like this with the bare minimum of fabric comes in handy in July and August!
Old Navy Tiered Clip-Dot Mini Cami Dress (similar option – version I’m wearing above is from last year)
4. Something That Can Easily Be Dressed Up Or Down
Versatility is very key for me in my closet, so having options that can be worn a few different ways is great! A dress like this can be easily dressed up for a spring holiday or party, to styled down with sneakers and a belt bag. I love the sleeves and that it has an on-trend neckline, too!
Madewell Lizzie Eyelet Babydoll Dress (wearing in photo above)
5. A Classic Black Dress
I actually need to add one of these to my closet, so for now, my sister will be my model! A classic black dress is a must-have. Get one that can be dressed up or worn more casually, so that you can always reach for it in a pinch!
Paige Rozlyn Dress (Kate is wearing in photo above)