The Dress Dictionary


There are a lot of dress styles out there but to make things simpler, we decoded the 9 essential dress silhouettes you need to know.

The Bodycon 

A super-fitted silhouette that hugs your curves, the bodycon dress is no longer confined to cocktail hour and nights out on the town. Add a layer and a flat shoe for a casual, day look. 

The Fit And Flare

Fitted through the waist and flaring out at the hips, the fit and flare mimics an hourglass shape, making it a flattering dress style for both slender and pear body shapes. Layer with a cropped jacket to further draw attention to your waist.  

The Sheath 

Nipped at the waist and hitting the knee, think of the sheath as the bodycon’s forgiving cousin. Wear it with a delicate necklace for the office, or pair with a chic clutch for a fancy dinner date. 

The Shift 

Nothing short of a fashion miracle, the shift dress gives you room to breath and hides a burrito lunch. It’s forgiving, classic shape makes it perfect for work, weekend and everything in between.

The Shirt Dress

The shirt dress, just like the name implies, comes with a button front, cuffed sleeves and a collar. Cute and casual, wear it belted for a crisp look. 

The Maxi 

Wear it to the beach as a cover-up, strut around the city like a street style star or glam it up for a black-tie affair, perfect for every occasion, the maxi dress is the ultimate chameleon. Contrary to popular belief, petite girls can wear maxis too: Just pick a pattern that’s proportionate to your size, add a heel and voila!  

The Midi 

The midi, also known as a tea-length dress, is the most versatile of all the dresses. Ladylike and refined, this dress is perfect for nearly any event, from cocktail hour to Sunday brunch. Choose your accessories to dress this look up or down. 

The Mini 

Fitted or more flowy, the mini typically hits four inches above the knee. Show off your legs with a pair of sky high heels or layer the look with tights to reduce the risqué-factor. 

The Wrap Dress

Diane von Furstenberg designed the first wrap dress in 1974 and this figure-hugging dress became an instant style staple. Beloved by hourglass, pear, and slender body shapes alike, nothing says I-mean-business more than a classic wrap. No accessories needed, just some killer pumps. 





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