From LBDs to Maxi Dresses: The Essential Dress Styles for a Classic Wardrobe
6 Dresses You Need To Have In Your Closet For The Perfect Classic Wardrobe
By Buhle Mbonambi
Creating a classic wardrobe is an art that demands both thoughtfulness and consideration of your lifestyle and fashion preferences. You must strike a balance between style and practicality to ensure that your wardrobe stands the test of time. Taking the time to plan carefully will help you create a fashionable ensemble which also has sustainability in mind.
In this series, we will provide guidance on how to be a savvy fashion consumer. We have tips on how to cultivate a classic wardrobe that won't just help you stand out from the crowd but support a more sustainable fashion industry too.
For a person who is looking to build a luxurious and inclusive wardrobe, dresses are a must-have item. These the six dress styles that are size-inclusive and will flatter any figure.
Black designer dresses by Scalo, House of Nala and Taibo Bacar
There's something undeniably alluring about a black dress. Whether it's the classic LBD silhouette that's been immortalised on film, or how black just looks good on everyone, women can't get enough of this wardrobe staple. And with good reason – the black dress is incredibly versatile and can be styled in a multitude of ways to create different looks.
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Designer maxi dresses by Masa Mara, Alia Bare and K. Moraba & Collective
Whether you're attending a garden party, an evening soiree or simply strolling around the city, a maxi dress is the epitome of style and comfort. The length flatters all body types. Whether you're petite or plus-size, a maxi dress will accentuate your best features and hide any imperfections.
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Designer wrap dresses by Alia Bare, Kaylaamiel Creations
A wrap dress is a universally flattering garment. It could be the way it emphasizes the waist, or how it can be secured in various ways. Regardless of the reason, these dresses are perfect for women of all sizes and shapes. Moreover, due to their adaptability, they can be worn for any event - from professional to casual. Whether you're looking for a casual day dress or a glam evening gown, the wrap dress is a versatile option that should be in every woman's wardrobe.
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Designer fit-and-flare dresses by Kaylaamiel Creations and Taibo Bacar
The fit-and-flare dress is one of the most flattering styles for women of all shapes and sizes. It cinches in at the waist to create an hourglass silhouette, while the flared skirt provides ample coverage and movement. This style is perfect for workdays, weekends, and everything in between- depending on whether it's long, short or midi-length. Be style-savvy and try a high collared fit-and-flare dress with exaggerated sleeves. Or an off-the-shoulder version. Casual? Then try a strappy version.
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Designer midi dresses by Scalo, LaaniRaani and Imprint ZA
If you're on the hunt for a versatile and flattering dress, look no further than the midi dress. This style of dress hits right at the knee or slightly below, making it a perfect option for work, weekend wear, and everything in between. Plus, it can be styled to fit any season - just add a jacket and booties for fall or a pair of sandals for summer. And the best part? Midi dresses are universally flattering, so no matter your body type, you'll look and feel great in one.
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Designer shirt dresses by Alia Bare and Lebo Merhafe
Comfortable and stylish, the shirt dress is perfect for busy women on the go, as they are easy to throw on and require minimal styling. Whether you're looking for a sophisticated outfit for work or a chic ensemble for a night out, a shirt dress is always a good choice. Simply add a pair of heels and some jewellery for a polished look or keep it casual with flats and a denim jacket.
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