The Core Wardrobe is a list of the classic, fundamental clothes around which you can build outfits for any occasion. Each week in this series we’re exploring another clothing category. Today’s Core Wardrobe category: dresses.
The Core Wardrobe for dresses
As with the Core Wardrobe for skirts, the idea is to have the fewest number of dresses to suit the greatest number of occasions, across a range of Working Mom Levels. And as with skirts, neutral colors will be the most flexible and a knee-length cut the most flattering.
- Day dress, such as a shirtwaist, wrap or sheath. A day dress is a versatile piece that can take you from weekend chic to client meeting and back. Pick the shape that works best for your body type. (For example, here’s how to pick a sheath for any body shape.)
- Cotton summer sundress. On hot days, is there anything cooler? And it’s an easy way to dress for weekend casual or weekend chic. A maxi dress is a great option here, too.
- Evening/cocktail dress, ideally a Little Black Dress (LBD). Wardrobe essentials don’t get more essential than the LBD. You’re automatically covered for every Level 5 event and Date Night you could ever hope to attend.
As with every category, this recommended list of basics is just that: recommendations. It starts with pieces that are the most universally wearable, but your personal style is the ultimate guide.
It’s also just a starting point. If you find (like I do) that dresses are the easiest one-step outfit there is, you might decide to make them the primary category in your wardrobe. Luckily for us, there are endless choices!
- Fab mamas: What would you include on a list of basic dresses for every wardrobe?
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