The most versatile, wearable and effortlessly chic dresses you can wear year (and occasion) round
You’re a stylish woman but you’re also a busy woman. And busy women don’t always have time to run home and change between the school run, the lunch meetings, the coffee dates, and the dinner party. The most versatile piece of clothing known to (wo)man, however, is the humble dress and one dress can go a mile when it comes to wearability and versatility.
The right shoe, jacket, or accessory can take a look from day to night and (if you need it to) back to day again. We’ve created an edit of the best all-rounders, keep reading for 24 hour inspiration.
This Emilia Wickstead dress is available in three colourways and is one of the most popular dresses we’ve ever had on site. Loved by the likes of Leandra Medine and Arielle Noa Charnas, this dress is effortlessly elegant and will be worn for years (and events) to come.
Worn with a simple white sneaker keeps the focus on the dress but worn under a knotted denim shirt adds another layer of warmth for cooler Spring mornings on the school run or rushing out the door. If you’re opting for the floral or red version of this dress, try a white shirt and maybe a nude sandal.
To dress this piece up a little later in the day, without being too formal, pair it with simple, complementary jewellery. Golds and greens will stand out and with a smart sandal in a matching hue, you’ll be the epitome of easy chic. To add to the more laid-back look, wear with a small cross-body bag.Since this piece is so considered in its design, it needs very little to take it from casual to more formal. A statement strappy heel in a complementing shade and layered gold jewellery or drop earrings is the way to go. Pair with a simple clutch.
This fun and flirty dress that begs to be twirled in. The exquisite design of this piece makes it hard to know if it was intended for day or night wear, but it seamlessly transitions across occasions.
An easy-wearing loafer or flat mule in a neutral tone draws focus to the busy pattern of this vintage fabric and are a comfortable option for day. Because of its full, silk silhouette this dress will keep you cool in warmer weather. The earthy tones suit neutrals in the accessories as well – tortoiseshell sunglasses, warm gold bracelets and rings are the perfect match.
If it’s a little cooler or the day hasn’t quite warmed up yet, the neutrals you’ve been wearing in warmer climes still applies here. Earth tone boots or loafers and a simple cardigan left unbuttoned over the top won’t detract from the dress while still making a whole new look.
Keep the dress the entire focus if out for evening. Opting for a nude, heeled sandal will elongate the legs and pull focus to the A-line cut and its full, floaty skirt. The details of this dress are best when on show. Statement earrings in gold, cream or one of the earthy tones highlighted in the fabric will add a touch of drama while still showing off the charming design.
Words by Hannah Finnigan-Walsh