This original Blog post was written by Rochelle over on her beautiful blog Just Another Mannequin which you can check out here.
As the wardrobe staple that makes wearing no pants socially acceptable, to me, dresses could never be overrated.
Get a good one and that’s all you need to make an entire outfit work, wether you’re throwing it over a bikini, styling it up for a balmy night out or just putting it on to run errands in style.
But that doesn’t mean throwing on any flowy dress you can find and calling it an outfit. It’s all about finding one that’s shape, colour and fabric is so perfect, it doesn’t need anything else.
I’ve got 3 styles in my wardrobe that always make me feel good, have me wearing them on repeat and don’t take much to create a killer outfit.
So if you’re looking for inspiration on what kind of dress to add to your collection this season, I recommend you make it one of these!
1) THE MAXI DRESS (Rochelle wears our Aurelia Dress)
If you’re all about breezy comfort (yes please!), maxi dresses definitely deserve a place in your wardrobe. They’re perfect for when you’re trying to keep things casual and classy all at the same time, and will be your go-to for backyard BBQs with an unpredictable dress code.
Opt for a natural linen maxi like Bird & Kite’s Aurelia Dress and your maxi dress will easily double as the perfect beach dress too!
Since this one is made from a light unlined fabric, it will keep things cool and dry quickly after being thrown on over your bikini post-dip. Plus, it’s little capped sleeves and full-length style will keep you covered under the Summer sun!
Don’t be afraid to dress up a casual classic like this either! With a pair of mule heels and statement earrings, your maxi will look like it’s made for your next girls night out. Yep, you’ll be comfy and chic all at the same time!
2. THE WRAP DRESS
Arguably one of the most flattering styles in my wardrobe, a good wrap dress will always have me feeling fabulous!
Add a few ruffles, sweet puff sleeves and a v-neckline, a la the Amelia Wrap Dress from Bird & Kite, and we have ourselves a dress that is bound to turn heads and become a favourite this season!
It’s a dress that is flirty enough for date night when worn with a killer pair of heels, yet simple enough to throw on no matter where the day takes you.
The wrap dress is the kind you take with you on that Summer vacay, because you know you’re bound to wear it at some point and you really wouldn’t mind if it made an appearance every day of the trip.
It’s versatility at it’s finest, one of the easiest dresses to style and guaranteed to make you feel good every time you throw it on. Need I say more?
3) THE SMOCK DRESS
If you’re after cool factor, comfort, and a style that’s effortlessly undone, look no further than the smock dress.
Pair this one with sneakers and a tote while running errands and I promise grocery shopping has never looked so cool.
And like all good dresses should, you bet you can dress this one up too. All it takes is some statement shoes and a matching bag and you have yourself a look worthy of margaritas with the girls.
When it comes to the smock dress though, it’s important to find one that makes the most of your shape, like the Evalou Smock Dress from Bird & Kite.
It’s v-neckline and three tiered body means that you won’t get swallowed up in all that fabric, while the elastic cuffs and frilled edges prove it’s more than your average throw-on style.
It’s the perfect dress for making a statement, without try too hard, and the kind that will have you begging for warmer days so you can wear it season after season!
Shop our range of dresses over here.