Though particularly valuable during the impending wedding/summer-entertaining season, having one or two of these asset-enhancing, confidence-boosting, and overall hardworking dresses on hand is a seasonless investment.
The beauty of a strategically placed ruffle is that it lends volume without weighing down the silhouette in its entirety—this is especially beneficial around the shoulders to take attention away from not-so-taut upper arms or the chest area (for obvious reasons).
LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ
Arden Ruffled One-Shoulder
Chambray Maxi Dress Net-a-Porter, $795
RUFFLED DRESS Selfridges, $2,515
CO X GOOP
Long Butterfly Dress goop, $995
The movement of the pretty, fluid fabric creates curves where you don’t have them, while the print acts as a sort of fashion camouflage, effectively masking imperfections. A note to partygoers: Busy patterns hide spills and stains like nobody’s business.
TORY BURCH Jade Embroidered
Cotton Oxford Midi Dress Net-a-Porter, $550
DODO BAR OR Printed Silk
Crepe de Chine Mini Dress Net-a-Porter, $840
- MSGM Printed twill gown Net-a-Porter, $1,125
There’s a reason why the somewhat retro, ultra femme snug-top-full-skirt shape has been a closet linchpin for decades: It effortlessly carves out a waist, accentuates the neck, and, with the right accessories, conforms to most dress codes.
EMILIA WICKSTEAD JULIET FLORAL
AND STRIPED-PRINT DRESS Matches Fashion, $780
Juliette Dress goop, $575
Cotton-Poplin Dress Lemaire, 500 €
A nipped waist, crisp silhouette, and heel-accommodating hemline are the insta-outfit qualities that make a shirtdress stand the test of time…and the bleariest Monday mornings.