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15 Chic and Casual Dress Styles Every Girl Needs in Her Closet

Too lazy to layer? A timeless frock is all you need to look chic.
15 Chic and Casual Dress Styles Every Girl Needs in Her Closet
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Too lazy to layer? A timeless frock is all you need to look chic.

Admit it, there are times when you just can’t rack your brain to come up with a cute ‘fit. Layering can be tricky when the pieces you have in mind aren’t all in your closet at the same time. Laundry days, we get it. But an easy way to get you out of a style rut is to simply throw on a chic dress.  

We’re not talking about party frocks or your go-to Sunday’s best, but casual and foolproof pieces that make you look put-together as soon as the sheath drapes your bod. Contrary to what most people think, a dress should be every lazy girl’s go-to if you’d rather not think about mix and matching pieces from your wardrobe. After all, it only requires you to put on ONE piece of clothing. It's practically faster to get dressed in an LBD versus a shirt and jeans if you think about it.  

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The trick is to stack up on classic and effortlessly stylish frocks that can instantly transform your look. That said, we strongly advise against sticking to a certain style—don’t go buying A-line dresses for eternity. But it’s best to explore different silhouettes to suit your daily needs (and moods) for variety. If you have yet to build your inventory of mini, midi, and maxi dresses you can easily whip out of your wardrobe, we’ve rounded up the must-have styles you definitely need to shop.  

15 Casual Dresses to Shop for a Stylish Wardrobe

1. Little White Dress 

Anyone can attest to the power of a chic little white dress. No matter the cut and length, this frock will make you look fresh any time of the year. Best to shop for a piece in the most flattering style suited for your body type for maximum impact.  

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2. Printed Maxi Dress  

A printed maxi dress isn’t only perfect for the summer. When in a beautiful brocade or romantic floral pattern, it’s pretty much a transitional piece you can wear for a holiday party or an errand-filled weekend out.  

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3. Baby Doll Dress 

Baby doll dresses have definitely made a comeback over the years, and we could not be happier. There are more than a handful of reasons why you should shop for one. But topping that list would be its youthful vibe and the fact that it’ll look good no matter your height! 

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4. Slip Dress 

If you don’t have this in your closet yet, this is a reminder for you to finally get one. A slip dress looks great on all body types and comes in different necklines, fabrics, and overall silhouettes, making it insanely versatile. But if you’re looking for a comfy piece, be sure to shop for one that’s as loose as they come.  

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5. Shirt Dress 

A button-down dress is undeniably an easy way to look polished even when you opt to slip on a pair of dingy sneakers and step out makeup-free. Need we say more? 

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6. Knitted Ribbed Maxi Dress 

Want to look chic even while lounging at home? Then a ribbed frock is a must! This piece will hug your body in all the right places without feeling too constricting.  

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7. Puff-Sleeved Midi Dress 

Before you judge the puff-sleeve dress as being too dainty for your taste, you’ll be surprised how you could inflect some rock and roll flavor to it with the right shoes. A pair of combat boots or chunky sneakers can balance out the femininity, while creating a fresh and cool ‘fit. That said, it’s the best to at least add one frock in this style that’s perfect for summer getaways or brunch dates.  

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8. Little Black Dress 

How can we forget the iconic LBD? If you’ve already got one for date night, don’t forget to add a casual piece you can slip into for Zoom calls or quick grocery errands. For maximum comfort, look for a loose midi-length frock that’s either cinched at the waist or falls straight like a shift dress.  

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9. Mid-Length Bodycon Dress 

Bodycon dresses can be tricky to wear when they’re short. But they can actually be pretty comfortable as a midi or maxi! Update your closet with a piece with cutouts for a more contemporary look. 

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10. Mini Shift Dress 

Length matters a lot when it comes to shopping for a frock. If you’ve been sticking to dresses that fall right above the knee, may we suggest to go a little shorter with a style that falls mid-thigh instead. This will show off your legs better and is still a comfortable length to move around in. Just be sure to opt for a style that lets your tummy breathe.  

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11. Strappy Summer Dress 

Whether you opt for one with floss-like straps or something ribboned, this dainty frock will make you look like you’re enjoying a chic summer vacay even when it’s raining outside.  

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12. Wrap Dress 

Created by the iconic designer Diane Von Furstenberg, a wrap dress is a no-nonsense frock that flatters most body types. For the summer season, cop a piece in a beautiful floral print or shop for styles in opulent fabrics when the holidays hit.  

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13. Tent Dress 

If you’re looking for a style you can easily move in—no matter what your day will bring—then consider the tent dress. The roomy silhouette allows you to run, jump, and sit in any comfortable pose you want. As a maxi dress, it can be a frock you can wear from bed to work. 

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14. Deep Neckline Midi Dress

A deep neckline is flattering no matter your figure. Whether a deep-V or shoulder-baring square neck, this cut shows off just the right amount of skin. So it's an absolute must to find a mid-length piece that can take you from a grocery run to a dinner with drinks. 

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15. Form-Fitting Thin-Straped Dress

The summer girl's go-to frock should be a closet staple! Beautiful in a singular color or even in a zany print, this style is the bodycon's free-spirited sister that allows you to have more leg room to move. 

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