Wardrobe Staples: Casual Dresses

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Even when I was really young I remember disliking wearing jeans or trousers, and that hasn't changed to this day. Skirts and dresses are much more my thing, and for as long as I can remember my wardrobe has been made up of mainly casual, versatile dresses. To me, grabbing a dress in the morning is a no- brainer; they can be dressed up or down depending on what you're doing, and if like me you don't function well in the morning (understatement of the century) there's no need to spend time matching tops to bottoms. In the summer I wear them with sandals or flats and a light cardigan, and in winter with leggings, boots and jackets. One thing I love about plainer staple dresses is that you can go with pretty much anything when it comes to accessories without it looking too much.- here are three ways I'd accessorise a plain dress for winter daytime wear!

1. Bright Accessories
It could be anything from a colourful scarf to a bright cinching waist belt or bag. I really like this red tartan scarf, not only would the large blanket style keep you warm over the winter but the bold colour and design would really brighten up a simple outfit. I can't imagine wearing this with other colours and patterns, but would be ideal with a plain dress.

2. Fur Sleeveless Jackets
I'm a huge fan of sleeveless jackets, they were a big trend over the summer which is set to continue over the autumn and winter. Great for layering over knits and basics, I think fur ones like these look so cute and cosy- they could easily overwhelm a busier outfit but no worry of that happening with your trusty staple dresses.

3. Statement Jewellery
As long as you don't go with something too sparkly and 'evening-y' I think statement jewellery is a nice way to add some interest. Just one piece can transform a plain outfit and immediately make it look more put together. The red in this one would be a good choice for this time of year, over the spring and summer I'd go with pastels and brights.

Having outfits that are comfortable, easy to wear and look flattering are the most important things for me when it comes to choosing clothes, and I know I'll never go far wrong with a nicely cut dress. It saves my wardrobe becoming full of fussy tops and bottoms that don't go with anything and hardly get worn, and mean I'm never stuck for something to wear. 

What are your wardrobe staples?

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6 comments

  1. My wardrobe staples are definitely ankle-length leather boots with short heels (1/2 inch, which I think is about 1cm!) because they can make anything look cool, from skinny jeans to casual dresses.
    ChicAndAlluring.com

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    1. those boots sound like a great staple, I need some good winter boots that are easy to walk in! x

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  2. I think the grey and black ones are pretty perfect for all year round - and it's so easy to dress them up with boots/flats/heels and a dozen bright accessories!! Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. This is my thoughts exactly haha! I love fun accessories so going with plainer staple pieces makes it much easier to wear them x

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  3. I am not much of a dress person but I love these, especially the black and grey ones!
    Laura Likes Beauty xx

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    1. I think you'd look lovely in dresses Laura! You should try it with leggings/ thick tights, that way you don't feel exposed and theyre really comfy and flattering x

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