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12 Types of Dresses Every Woman Should Know

When I was asked to write a piece about dresses, I had no idea how many styles there were, how many decisions a gal could make and how each style can be personalized and re-personalized in almost every way imaginable.

If there’s any truth to silly gossip that we ladies take too long to pick an outfit, you’ll understand why after I break down 12 types of dresses every woman (and you men) should know!

Mini, Midi And Maxi Dress

Every dress could fall into one of these categories. The midi is perfect for any event and works with any sleeve length or neckline.

The mini, of course, blew the lid off fashion in 1965 when it challenged how much skin a girl can expose. This style’s for the lady who loves her legs!

Maxi dresses are effortless. They’re casual and formal and relaxing. Add sandals and oversized jewelry to the mix and you have a stylish look. One place to look for these dresses is Dressbarn, but keep in mind that they’re only open for online shopping.

Bodycon Dress

Leaning toward accentuating your assets (who doesn’t!), bodycons are stretchy and tight. If you have an hourglass figure and you’re proud of it, this dress flatters curves.

Off The Shoulder Dress

Showcasing the upper torso while highlighting the biceps. Off the shoulder dresses give a lady a decent exposure of skin without committing to going strapless.

Wrap Dress

The wrap crosses one side of the dress over the other. The closure is at the waist or back of the dress, usually a tie. The dress creates the idea of an hourglass figure and works well with athletic shapes.

High-Low Dress

Short in front and longer at the back, the high-low is picnic-casual and ballroom-elegant, depending on the style. Wear them with platforms or heels to avoid dress dragging.

A-Line Dress

The A-line dress highlights the hips and flares out to the hem. It’s good for casual events and perfect for the pear-shaped. You’ll add a nice feminine touch to the body’s lower half.

Shift Dress

A child of the early 1960s, the shift dress is boxy and simple, short and often sleeveless. This is a style for those who have more of a straight, column-like leanness.

Halter Dress

A great summer choice, a halter dress ties around the neck. It has a sleeveless or strapless upper half. This is for showing off ample shoulders.

Sheath Dress

Form fitting, straight cut, clipped at the waistline, no visible seam, these are all attributes of the sheath dress. It puts curves front and center.

Peplum Dress

Influenced by Greek antiquity, the peplum, along with the right shoes, make your waist look tiny and your legs longer. The peplum has a wonderful flare and fit.

Sweater Dress

The sweater dress comes in a variety of styles. The only commonality is this dress is knitted. The silhouette works with all body types.

Pencil Dress

This dress is a great date night go-to. It’s pretty much a no-frills option with a below the knee hem and nips at the waist. It’s silhouette looks best in black.

This is just an even dozen of the dozens of dress options. And it’s given many a whole new perspective on why people stare in the closet for so long.