Dresses Every Woman Should Own

Dresses Every Woman Should Own
ESSENCE.COM May, 29, 2012

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The sheath dress is a clean and classic style that can easily transition from work to a dinner date. The sleeker the tailoring, like Terri Seymour’s dress, the sexier.

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“Ellison” Floral print shift dress, Coast London, $180, coast-stores.com.

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Fitted shift dress, Antonio Berardi, $1,184, harrods.com.

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Belted shift dress, Oasis, $95, oasis.com.

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The A-line lends a more feminine feel to dresses and Sophie Okenedo’s dainty floral and striped one gave her a fresh summer look on the red carpet.

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Denim dress, Current Elliot, $329, stylebop.com.

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Houndstooth dress, Marni, $1,550, barneys.com

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Pannier cotton dress, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, $490, netaporter.com.

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The bodycon dress, with its curve-hugging, 360 fit instantly makes this a sultry style. We love that Christina Milian’s tribal one makes this seriously sexy style fun.

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Rose print patchwork shift dress, Sportmax, $380, harveynichols.com.

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Ruched jersey dress, Reiss, $225, reiss.com.

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Graphic color block dress, Miss Selfridges, $68, misselfridges.com.

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The wrap dress is the most flattering style, no matter the body type. A sexy V-neck and cinched waist like Eva’s is an instant stunner.

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Crinkled cotton wrap dress, French Connection, $158, frenchconnection.com

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Silk halter wrap gown, Rachel Zoe, $437, kirnazabete.com.

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The traditional pleated dress as we know it has been transformed. It’s all about punchy color and cool cuts, like Sharon Leal’s asymmetrical style by Blaque Label.

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Pleated crepe dress, Versus, $1,125, netaporter.com.

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Belted pleated dress, Oasis, $74, houseoffraser.co.uk

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Pleated midi shirtdress, Topshop, $40, topshop.com.

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The little black dress is the universal style staple, but working a not-so-basic selection into your wardrobe will really add that extra wow factor. Eva Pigford’s one-shoulder cascading ruffle style is the perfect example.

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Cut-out bodice dress, Dorothy Perkins, $32, dorothyperkins.com.

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Cap sleeved dress, Stop Staring, $158, stopstaring.com.

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Bandage dress, French Connection, $168, frenchconnection.com.

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Maxi dresses are the perfect way to keep cute while being comfortable. Marsha Thomason’s retro floral printed style by Reformation gives her a sense of ease on the carpet.

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Printed halter dress, Mango, $150, mango.com.

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Split hem maxi, Dorothy Perkins, $35, dorothyperkins.com.

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The little white dress is the ultimate summer staple. Even the simplest style, like Gabrielle Union’s, instantly gives off a lighter, more fresher feel than your traditional LBD.

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One-shoulder dress, Mango, $60, mango.com.

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Lather deep-V dress, Topshop, $350, topshop.com

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Applique dress, Reiss, $615, reiss.com.

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Waffle knit bodycon dress, Alexander McQueen, $928, harveynichols.com.

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Ruched jersey dress, Reiss, $225, reiss.com.

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Waffle knit bodycon dress, Alexander McQueen, $928, harveynichols.com.

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“Ellison” Floral print shift dress, Coast London, $180, coast-stores.com.

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Fitted shift dress, Antonio Berardi, $1,184, harrods.com.

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Cotton mixed media dress, Giambattista Valli, $1,931, mytheresa.com.

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Cotton mixed media dress, Giambattista Valli, $1,931, mytheresa.com.

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“Cha CHa” dress, J. Crew, $248, jcrew.com.

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“Cha CHa” dress, J. Crew, $248, jcrew.com.

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Houndstooth dress, Marni, $1,550, barneys.com

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Pleated crepe dress, Versus, $1,125, netaporter.com.

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Pleated midi shirtdress, Topshop, $100, topshop.com.

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Grecian belted dress, Vince Camuto, $128, vincecamuto.com.

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Applique dress, Reiss, $615, reiss.com.

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Terri Seymour arrives for the 12th Annual Lupus LA Orange Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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Nicole Richie attends the 40th annual Fifi awards at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Monica arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Montego Glover attends the 62nd Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards at Sardi’s in New York City.

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Joyful Drake visits Essence.com

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Jada Pinkett Smith at Madagascar 3 film photocall at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in France.

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Gina Torres attends the USA Network’s 2012 Upfront Event at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

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Deborah Cox attends Life Ball Welcome Party at Le Meridien hotel in Vienna, Austria. The 20th Life Ball, an annual charity ball raising funds for HIV & AIDS projects, took place at the town hall in Vienna, Austria.

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Brandy arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Condola Rashad attends the The New Dramatists’ 63rd annual Benefit luncheon at The New York Marriott Marquis in New York City.

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Angela Simmons attends the TTR World Snowboard Tour and Swatch Art Rules Competition winning design unveiling at Royal T in Los Angeles.

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Alek Wek attends the 2012 American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

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