Get “dressed”!

imageOur series on wardrobe essentials continues with #5 – the dress.

I love dresses. Even though I don’t wear them as often as suits, I have to admit that, with a pair of high heels and some jewelry, they make me feel very feminine. I do have a short fashion “bucket list” – and on that list is a wrap dress by Diane von Fuerstenberg.

Diane was working in a tiny factory in the early 70s, experimenting with jersey as wrap tops for dancers. She had the idea to make a top into a full-length dress. In 1975, she sold 5 million dresses and landed on the cover of Newsweek magazine.

The wrap dress is considered the most versatile style of women’s clothing for different body shapes, and it can be worn in so many ways.

If the wrap dress isn’t your style, try a basic coat dress or a chemise-type that can be paired with a jacket as a suit, a cardigan sweater, even a blouse over the dress for a more casual look, but still appropriate for the office. Wear it sleeveless in the summer with a pair of high-heeled sandals or wedges, and then layer a turtleneck, tights and boots in the winter.

Once you have a basic dress, add to your wardrobe with different prints and fabrics. If you choose wisely, your dresses can be the go-to items in your closet when you don’t have time to figure out what to wear.

So we’ve covered the first half of our basics. We’ll finish this series next week. In the meantime, I’m off to Chicago for the weekend. I hope to have some street style pics to share with you while I’m there.

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Different versions of the classic DVF wrap dress.

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This black chemise is probably the most versatile dress of all time.  You can wear it different ways all year round, and it goes from day to evening, business meeting to cocktails or even a wedding with a few accessories.

This black chemise is probably the most versatile dress of all time. You can wear it different ways all year round, and it goes from day to evening, business meeting to cocktails or even a wedding with a few accessories.

This dress is both classy and cute, and perfect for either the office or dress-up.  Navy is also an alternative to black when you need something conservative.

This dress is both classy and cute, and perfect for either the office or dress-up. Navy is also an alternative to black when you need something conservative.

I would SO wear this!   Isn't the color gorgeous?

I would SO wear this! Isn’t the color gorgeous?

Other posts in this series:

Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials
Easy as 1, 2, 3!
What’s not to love about a crisp white shirt?

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2 thoughts on “Get “dressed”!

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