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14 Classic Dresses Every Woman Should Own

Build up your wardrobe with these timeless shapes that you'll keep in your closet for years.

Sarin Mathews Womens Off The Shoulder Short Sleeve High Low Cocktail Skater Dressvia amazon.com

The LBD

There’s a reason black is the classic color for a night out: it’s slimming, hard to stain, and easy to accessorize. Add a pop of color to your little black dress with accessories and bold lipstick, or keep it simple with black flats. Here are more slimming outfit tricks.

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Lark & Ro Women's Cap Sleeve Faux Wrap Sheath Dressvia amazon.com

Sheath dress

The beauty of a sheath dress is that it’s polished yet sexy, meaning it can make a smooth transition straight from work to a night out. Go for basic black, or pick a bold color and print that stands out.

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GRACE KARIN Boatneck Sleeveless Vintage Tea Dress with Beltvia amazon.com

A-line dress

The classic A-line dress has stood the test of time. It flatters nearly every body type, and it works on women of any age.

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LONGYUAN Women's Summer Casual T Shirt Dresses Swimsuit Cover Ups with Pocketsvia amazon.com

Sundress

Nothing says summer like a cute frock. It can transition straight from the beach to a fancy dinner by swapping out flip-flops for heels and adding some sparkly accessories. When fall’s cool temperatures roll around, throw on a cardigan and tights to keep it appropriate through the seasons. Investing in a classic piece of clothing like a sundress might be one of the 51 fashion tips a personal stylist won't tell you for free.

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PrettyGuide Women 's 1920s Black Sequin Gatsby Maxi Long Evening Prom Dressvia amazon.com

Evening gown

You might rarely pull this one out, but you’ll want one on hand for any galas or black-tie weddings. Look for one with a classic cut that’s not too memorable so you can repeat it at different events, and just change up the accessories.

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AlvaQ Women's Sexy V Neck Sleeveless Lace Dressvia amazon.com

Cocktail dress

For those evenings when you want something a step above your usual look, you’ll want to pull on a cocktail dress that makes you feel sultry and confident. Like your go-to gown, let the accessories do the talking with a dress that blends in so you can wear it over and over.

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Zredurn Women’s Elegant Pleated Shirt Dress with Long Sleeve Pleated Belted A-Line Dress Stylevia amazon.com

Shirtdress

Wear one with sandals for a casual weekend warrior look, or throw on a blazer and polished heels to dress it up for the office. It’s a timeless look that you’ll never want to get rid of.

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BTFBM Women’s 2019 Casual Crew Neck Ruched Stretchy Bodycon T Shirt Short Mini Dressvia amazon.com

T-shirt dress

For a laidback look, slip on a breezy T-shirt dress. It’s as comfy as sweatpants, but you’ll look put-together when you run to the grocery store. Not being able to dress comfortably could be of the 15 annoying fashion problems every woman will definitely understand.

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ZESICA Women's Bohemian Floral Printed Wrap V Neck Short Sleeve Split Beach Party Maxi Dressvia amazon.com

Maxidress

A floor-length ensemble is classy and fresh. A sleeveless option is cool and breezy in the summer, but adding a jacket or sweater makes it a comfy option all year long.

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v28 Women Cowl Neck Knit Stretchable Elasticity Long Sleeve Slim Fit Sweater Dressvia amazon.com

Sweater dress

For cold days when restricting pants sound miserable, a sweater dress should be your go-to. Pair it with tights and riding boots, and you’ll stay cozy in the chilliest temperatures.

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