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Recently, WhoWhatWear posted the “ultimate basics checklist.” Fashion magazines always recommend that you spend more on basics, as these are the pieces you will wear time and time again. Because my clothing budget is significantly smaller than it was before, I will not be buying any designer clothes from Barneys these days. So I went in search of some designer basics on my favorite consignment sites. Because the checklist is long, I decided to break this up into a series of posts. You can read my first post on Jackets/Sweaters here, my post on Tops here, my post on Accessories here, my post on Bottoms here, and my post on shoes here. This is the last post in the series, which I’m sad about because I’ve really enjoyed putting them together!
I can’t believe that there are only two dresses on WhoWhatWear’s list: the little black dress and a printed shift dress. I wear dresses 75% of the time and believe everyone should have several in her closet. Therefore, I’ve added a few of my own to the list. Once again, my selections are from TheRealReal. If you want to purchase something from TheRealReal, you can sign-up here, and get $25 off your first purchase:
When selecting a little black dress, you’ll want to pick a classic style that can be worn at a lot of different occasions. I like the one above because it it is classic with a twist – the detailing on the dress. It is appropriate for work, a nice dinner, and numerous other events. You can change it up with some bold statement shoes or pair it with a blazer for day.
I’m not actually a fan of shift dresses. Because I have a very hourglass shape, they never seem to fit me well. I’d much rather purchase a fit-and-flare dress. That said, this Kate Spade dress is cute and something I could see myself wearing.
Wrap dresses flatter so many different types of figures. Whenever I put one on, I instantly feel better. Obviously, Diane von Furstenberg is the queen of wrap dresses and there are many different options of her famous styles on TheRealReal. You can go for the basic black version above, but I actually prefer a printed version like this one or this one. If you want a cocktail version, I love this dress.
It’s good to have a dress that is beautiful, but conservative, so you can wear it to a number of events that require something a little bit covered. I love this Lela Rose dress. The picture doesn’t do it justice, as the fabric is really beautiful up close.
Everyone should have a go-to cocktail dress in their closet that can be worn to work parties, weddings, or other events. Since you will be wearing it multiple times, it should be something beautiful, but not something that stands out so much that everyone remembers it from the last time you wore it. This dress is a beautiful color with a classic silhouette, but I also love this Prada dress.
People usually give the advice that you should purchase an evening dress before you need one. The rationale behind this is that, if you’re in a rush, you may settle for something that you don’t love just because you need something fast. I periodically search for evening gowns, but haven’t found anything I love yet. If you’re a size XS though, this Halston gown is only $85! and this one David Meister gown (Medium) is only $110 If it’s your style, it’s totally worth the money.