Every woman needs a dress that is the right combination of casual and sophisticated – the dress that somehow takes you from your poolside soirée to afterwork cocktails without anyone batting an eyelid. It’s not too dressy, nor too casual, meaning you can chuck it on without worrying you’ll be over, or under-dressed. Not only is it perfect for those occasions where you’re unsure of the dress code, but it’s versatile and timeless enough to wear again and again.
Future-proof your wardrobe with this selection of our favourite multitasking dresses that are effortless, easy to accessorise, and throw on in a matter of minutes.
If we had to award a title for the ultimate in versatile dresses, we couldn’t go past the classic and effortlessly stylish shirtdress. From safari-esque khaki numbers to work-friendly LBD’s and puff-sleeve statement dresses, the shirtdress has long since graduated from the borrowed-from-the-boys look and earned a solid place as a go-to favourite for any occasion. The botanic motifs and soft cotton of Zara’s latest printed shirtdress is perfect for summer outings, while the longer length and collar mean it won’t be out of place with a pair of heels for the office, or the post-work drinks.
Timeless and flattering, the wrap dress style is the perfect combination of flirty fun for summer. Undefeated as one of the most popular styles to flatter any size and shape, the wrap dress is a go-to for many women. The Alyse dress from Sportscraft is perfect for cinching in the waist and exaggerating feminine curves – this favourite has endless styling options and will be on high rotation in our wardrobes season after season.
Stretchy, elegant, and oh-so flattering, a ribbed body-con dress is the perfect trans-seasonal piece – over swimmers in summer or delivering the ultimate layered look as the weather cools. If you’re worried about a body-con dress being too clingy, opt for softly ruched sides and a thicker fabric. Cap sleeves, high necks and longer hemlines will all help ensure you pull off the look stylishly and modestly. The longer length of Forever New’s Holly dress, paired with the softly ribbed fabric, is the perfect flattering combination – from cocktails to corporate meetings, you’ll find us in this all summer long.
Tiered silhouettes are very on-trend at the moment and flattering for any size and shape. Lightweight fabrics are perfect for summer but also help ensure the loose-fitting silhouettes are flowy and feminine rather than boxy. When it comes to styling, choose strappy heels or sandals and cropped jackets or blazers. Our go-to tiered dress this season is Seed Heritage’s Cheesecloth Maxi – with soft 100% cotton fabric and flattering ankle-height hemline, we guarantee you’ll be wearing it from noon to night!
For us, nothing says versatile like the perfect midi. Choosing a midi means you know you’ll never be caught out wearing something a little too short for the occasion. It’s not long, it’s not short, it’s just the right length – Decjuba’s Felicity dress falls somewhere between midi and mini, and we’re loving it!
Silky or satin slip dresses may sound more luxe than every-day chic, but when styled right these chic silhouettes easily take you from day to night. Paired with a blazer for work, and denim jacket and flats for play – silky slip dresses are not only flattering but also offer far more versatility than you may think.
The secret to any versatile outfit, is how it’s styled, and accessories are what will help you elevate the look or dress it down for a more casual affair.
A white sneaker or pair of stylish flats are perfect for a low-key picnic or coffee with the girls, while a killer pair of sky-high heels will instantly luxe up any look. Statement necklaces and earrings are another sure-fire way to dress up the look, while nothing says casual better than a classic denim jacket.