I have to admit that I’m still getting used to the idea of getting dressed again. Being a freelancer who works from my home office, I’m always inclined to reach for my sweats, and when I do leave the house, I’m drawn to pieces with easy wearability. That said, I’ve been shopping for nothing but dresses as of late. There’s just something about throwing on a cute dress that makes you feel totally put-together with minimal effort.
While there are plenty of new dress trends to get excited over this fall, there are also a handful of essential styles that everyone should own. These silhouettes are considered timeless and surpass the trend cycle, earning a permanent spot in any capsule wardrobe.
2. A-Line Dresses
4. Body-Con Dresses
In the spirit of the Y2K fashion revival, the body-con dress has resurfaced both on and off the runway. Scared? Fear not. Today’s formfitting styles are a departure from the bandage dresses of the early aughts and are, in fact, really cute. Think stretchy, ruched mesh and curve-hugging ribbed knits galore. Body-con may be the only “trendy” dress on this list, but I predict we’ll be seeing it around for seasons to come.
5. Maxi Dresses
A strapless dress is always a surefire way to look sleek and polished. But just because it calls for bare arms and collarbones, there’s no need to save yours for warm weather. A strapless dress can serve as a great layering piece under blazers and cardigans or even over a long-sleeve tee.
7. Long-Sleeve Dresses