Image via Zara Midi Slip Dress
Do you shop with no strategy? Many shoppers purchase on impulse, or for a little retail therapy. However, if you’re budget-conscious or want to shop with intention, you need a roadmap to spend money on clothes. Whether you’ve seen capsule wardrobes on Pinterest or not, curating a few staple dress styles to keep in your closet can breathe life and function into your wardrobe. We’ve rounded up our must-have dresses; these are the core styles to keep in your closet. The best part? They’re all under $100!
A Black Slip Dress
It’s the sleek sister of the traditional LBD, and it will be one of the most versatile pieces of clothing in your closet. You can wear a black slip alone, with a tee layered underneath, or add a sweater on top. It’s a dress that does it all by functioning as the ultimate layering item. A black slip dress is seasonless; it works year-round because there are endless ways to style it.
Zara: Midi Slip Dress, $39.90 (click here)
A Puff Sleeve Dress
The statement sleeve trend isn’t going anywhere — and the puff sleeve is having a major moment. This nostalgic silhouette is one of the most-loved looks because it adds a level of interest to even the most basic styles. You’ll need to be careful with the puff sleeve, though, as it can make its wearer look young or baby-dollish when not done right, making it crucial to find the right sleeve. Look to balance the puff detail — aka let the sleeve make the statement. Typically, minimalist brands that feature the trend strike a great balance.
Everlane: Tired Cotton Dress, $78 (click here)
A Last-Minute Event Dress
You know the pit you get in your stomach when you accept that last-minute invite? From weddings to an elevated event, when there’s no time to get a new dress — hello, instant anxiety. You need a trusty last-minute event dress! Look for a fairly simple dress to work for any occasion that you can style to create different looks with the help of accessories, hair, and makeup. Consider classic elements like wrap detailing, elegant necklines, and flattering lengths for dresses that can easily stun at a nice dinner, a chic wedding reception, or an upscale event.
& Other Stories: Knotted A-line Midi Slit Dress, $89 (click here)
A Ribbed-Knit Dress
We call this style a current closet must-have. If this isn’t already in your closet, stop whatever you’re doing and buy one now; it’s truly a dress that will live in your wardrobe for years. Its simplicity makes the rib-knit dress perfect for everyday wear. The ultra-comfortable material contours itself to your body; all you need is to throw on a pair of sneakers. Actually, we dare you to find a pair of shoes that don’t work with the classic look. It’s perfect for those who want a grab-and-go style.
H&M: Ribbed Dress, $19.99 (click here)