Every woman needs a little black dress in her wardrobe because it truly can get you through pretty much any occasion. From dinner dates to impromptu events, you’ll fall back on it time and time again.
THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS
Opt for something fairly simple and not too trend-led so that you can keep it in your wardrobe season after season. This simple strappy offering from Elizabeth and James will become your sartorial best friend.
Crepe dress, £280, Elizabeth and James at Net-A-Porter
While you probably have multiple office-appropriate frocks in your wardrobe, it’s important to have one special dress that is extra-smart and fills you with confidence. Save it for those particularly important meetings or job interviews.
THE WORK DRESS
Layer up with a polo-neck during the winter or wear alone in the warmer months.
Cashmere dress, £330, Diane von Furstenberg at Harvey Nichols
The underrated knitted dress can be one of the most useful pieces in a winter wardrobe. Great for those days when you really just want to be under the duvet but are forced to brace the cold and, as proven by Sienna Miller, they have the potential to look incredibly chic.
THE KNITTED DRESS
We love the red ruffles on this elegant frock.
Knitted dress, £850, Esteban Cortázar at Matches Fashion
A dress that can truly transform your confidence is a must-have for every woman. Whether it’s a revealing vinyl dress à la Bella Hadid or something more demure, have one in your arsenal that makes you feel your most desirable – and slip it on for those important romantic outings.
THE DATE-NIGHT DRESS
You couldn’t fail to make a jaw-dropping entrance in this black caped dress from Alice + Olivia.
We all do it: get an invitation for a fancy affair and head into panic-mode, frantically trying to find something that will match the dress code. We recommend investing in a black-tie-appropriate gown before you know you need it. One that you can turn to again and again.
In a similar vein to the black-tie conundrum, a wedding invitation can send even the most together woman into a sartorial tizzy. Obviously the dream is to buy a dress that can see you through spring, summer and winter weddings with ease. This means choosing something classic and versatile that can be accessorised in many different ways.
THE WEAR-TO-ANY-WEDDING DRESS
You’ll be able to pull out this chic pink dress again and again if you are clever with your accessories.