Welcome to the second installment of my series focused on what staples you should have in your closet. Tuesday I covered pants, and you can read it by clicking here. Today I’m going to throw out some basics you need in the area of skirts and dresses. Keep in mind these are basic suggestions, and you should always tailor your wardrobe to your needs. For example, if you work in an office where everyone wears suits on a daily basis, you may want more suits in YOUR closet. If you’re a stay at home mom and you can’t even remember the last time you wore something “business professional,” it is probably best to NOT waste precious closet space on suits and business dresses. Make sense? Great!
On the top of my list:
The Little Black Dress
The LBD is the Swiss Army Knife of the fashion world, made famous by Coco Chanel. When in doubt regarding a dress code for an event, the LBD is always your best bet. There is no specific criteria for the LBD other than it should fit you PERFECTLY and you should feel fabulous in it. If you try on a dress and you feel “meh” about it, MOVE ON. That is not the dress you were looking for. The perfect LBD should make you feel skinnier and have a healthy balance of elegance and sultry appeal. The dress should accentuate what you love about your body and hide what you hate. It can be demure like Audrey Hepburn or be a body hugging strapless that shows off your curves. It is all about how you want to look and what you’re comfortable with. I have 4-5 LBD’s in my closet and each is drastically different from the last.
My best friend Leah and I at our love Ilex’s wedding, rocking LBD’s
The Pencil Skirt
This skirt is pretty flattering on basically any body type. If you don’t have curves, it gives the illusion that you do. If you HAVE curves- it accentuates them and gives you that covetable hourglass figure. I suggest owning one in black and one in either grey or navy. I also love colored pencil skirts. Here’s an example of my favorite pencil skirt in my closet:
They pair well with sweaters, button up dress shirts, blouses and even t-shirts when you want to dress it down. This is a very versatile piece. If you pick one that is more tailored around the knees, opt for one with a fair amount of stretch over a higher slit for two reasons: one, high slits are not ladylike and thus less work appropriate, and two, skirts with stretch are generally more comfortable.
The sundress is the casual version of the LBD. It’s something you can wear to weddings, on dates, or out to brunch with the girls. Pick something colorful, playful and flowy. A sundress should be feminine and comfortable, not structured and stiff.
Obviously there are many different options when looking into skirts and dresses, but as always, think about what your needs are. Consider how often you wear a skirt or dress, or how often you SHOULD wear skirts and dresses. Yes, pants tend to be easier to grab and throw on, but there is something about a woman in completely rocking a dress or skirt.
The Wrap Dress
Made famous by Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF), this dress is the single most flattering item in my closet. I don’t know HOW it works exactly, but it basically makes everyone look skinnier, taller, and creates (or accentuates) an hourglass figure. Oddly enough, this dress is crazy comfortable. This dress works in any season, and hides everything women hate about themselves- arms, thighs, tush, belly, etc. It’s a clothing miracle. Get one. Trust me. I am currently eyeing this DVF dress:
Almost every designer and brand has their own take on the wrap dress, so you can find them in any price range, which is lovely.
Hopefully you have a better understanding of what you should add to your closet. Up next: blouses and tops.