We think it's fair to say that most women enjoy slipping on a dress, at least every now and then. Even if you're not the girliest of girls, there's something about wearing a flattering, perfectly fitting dress that just feels good. But with so many dress styles on the market, it can be tough to figure out where to start.
Well, we're here to help! We did a bit of sleuthing and uncovered the five essential dresses every stylish woman—from Olivia Palermo to Shion Turini (pictured, left)—owns.
Keep scrolling to see (and shop) the five dress staples you should definitely have in your closet!
When it comes to dresses, consider the little black dress your new best friend—when you find the right one for you, it fits you perfectly, will take you out to wherever you want to go, and will stick around for years to come.
The trouble with maxi dresses is that, often, they aren't constructed of the best material—because of the extra fabric required to make a maxi, many brands will skimp on the quality to save costs. But investing in a quality maxi will serve you well; it will last and you'll always reach for it when you feel like you have nothing else to wear.
Madewell Dominica Cotton-Voile Maxi Dress ($130)
Alice & Olivia Lexa Printed Silk Deep V-Neck Maxi Dress ($358)
There's a reason Carrie Bradshaw's so-called "naked dress" was such a hit—a sexy slip dress is irreplaceable. On its own, it's a daring statement, and it works well as a layering piece under any sheer items you might also own.
Are You Am I Zillah Raw Edge Slip Dress - Blush ($300)
Every woman needs a statement-making dress in her wardrobe. Whether you're into floral prints, polka dots, or simply a bold colour here and there, a bold, unexpected dress is great to have when you're in the mood to be seen.
Preen Line Sylia Printed Voile and Georgette Dress ($715)
While most of us aren't going to a ton of black-tie events on a regular basis, when that surprise invite does come your way, you'll be thankful you have something to wear ready on hand. Whether it's a simple cocktail dress in a luxe fabrication or a full-on ball gown, it's good to have at least one of these staples in your closet.
ASOS Tapestry Rose Multi Strap Debutante Dress ($172)
Stella McCartney Clarissa Layered-Effect Woven Dress ($516)
Mason by Michelle Mason Cut-Out Crepe and Silk Gown ($860)