Trends come and go, and although it's perfectly okay to ride the current fads, it's also important that you have room for the timeless essentials in your wardrobe. With the right pieces, you'll be all set for any occasion that may arise. Have these dresses on standby and you're on our way to building the complete closet, no matter the season or sartorial swing!
1. The LBD
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Alice Mccall Bless this dress, P20,500, shoplcp.com; Finders Keepers Belfast dress, P10,400, shoplcp.com; Zalora Premium lace dress, P1999, zalora.com
A girl's best friend and a fail-proof choice, the little black dress is your go-to item when you're in doubt of the dress code. Be sure to get one that will flatter your height and accent your shape.
2. Statement Dress
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Paper London Luna ruffled faille mini dress, P27,800, net-a-porter.com; Pull & Bear Lace V-neck evening dress, P1995, SM Megamall; Pull & Bear Shiny dress with back knot, P1595, SM Megamall
You definitely need a striking party dress for when you're hitting the dance floor. When choosing one, keep in mind the frock's versatility. That way, you can style it for those days when you need a bold focal point for your outfit.
3. Workwear Dress
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H&M Lace dress, P2990, SM Megamall; Mango Pleated dress, P2795, TriNoma; Miss Selfridge Burgundy belted wrap dress, P3380, SM Megamall
Don't stick to the boring suit and trouser combo for work. Channel your inner lady boss with an office-appropriate work dress that is stylish, structured, and polished.
4. Lady Dress
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H&M Vintage pink lace dress with trumpet sleeves, P2290, SM Makati; Mango Flower print dress, P2995, SM Mall of Asia; Keepsake Walk the wire printed midi dress, P13000, shoplcp.com
A delicate floral dress is all you need for those afternoon tea engagements or for a simple backyard gathering with friends. Plus, you can totally wear them to garden weddings!
5. Shift Dress
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C/Meo Collective For the people floral dress, P10, 700, shoplcp.com; Zara Aysmmetric striped dress, P1795, Greenbelt 5; Keepsake Clarity mini dress in Cream, P11, 700, shoplcp.com
Put your jeans to rest! Opt for an easy day dress you can always rely on for when you can't be bothered to match a nice top with a cute bottom. Additionally, shift dresses are a no-brainer piece you can take from day to night.
6. Maxi Dress
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Seek the Uniq Bariloche halter linen maxi dress, P1999, seektheuniq.com; Zalora Love maxi dress with front tie, P1299, zalora.com; Zara Halter neck dress, P3995, Greenbelt 5
From brunch to the beach, maxi dresses will give you chic comfort. You can even layer them on if you're traveling!
7. Floor-length Dress
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Halston Heritage Strapless stretch-crepe gown, P27,000, net-a-porter.com; Milly Scribble Print Strapless Gown, P60,900, shoplcp.com; By Malene Birger Alliane off-the-shoulder ribbed stretch-knit maxi dress, P25,000, net-a-porter.com
For every evening affair or formal event, have a floor-length gown tailored to accentuate all your best assets. Don't forget to choose a flattering print or color on you. Plus points if you can create a different vibe each time, just by switching your accessories!