Shift
Shift

Why we love it: The easy silhouette is a mainstay and conjures up images of minimalist beauties like Gwyneth Paltrow. It's an easy piece to dress up or down with the right accessories, and its breezy shape is the perfect option to slip into on hot Summer days.

Best for: Athletic builds. The looser silhouette skims the body but doesn't hug curves or define a waist. If you want to play up your stems or showcase toned biceps, this dress is ideal.

ASOS 60's Shift Dress in Rib With 3/4 Sleeves ($38)

ASOS 60's Shift Dress in Rib With 3/4 Sleeves ($38)

Free People Asilio Dusk Till Dawn Shift ($148)

Free People Asilio Dusk Till Dawn Shift ($148)

Mason by Michelle Mason Band Shift ($400)

Mason by Michelle Mason Band Shift ($400)

Cynthia Steffe Jenna Wide Short Sleeve Cutout Shift ($298)

Cynthia Steffe Jenna Wide Short Sleeve Cutout Shift ($298)

Missguided Verity Crepe Scallop Shift Dress White ($60)

Missguided Verity Crepe Scallop Shift Dress White ($60)

RED Valentino Poplin Grommet Shift Dress ($895)

RED Valentino Poplin Grommet Shift Dress ($895)

BLK DNM Dress 82 Layered Hem Silk Shift Dress ($375)

BLK DNM Dress 82 Layered Hem Silk Shift Dress ($375)

Zara Tie Neck Dress ($60)

Zara Tie Neck Dress ($60)

BB Dakota Party in the Backyard Dress ($80)

BB Dakota Party in the Backyard Dress ($80)

Evening
Evening

Why we love it: Especially for Summer, evening dresses in white feel fresh and ultraelegant. Just look to Jennifer Aniston in a totally chic, totally sexy Burberry gown. Just be sure to steer clear of any overtly lacy detailing to keep the look from feeling too bridal — and please don't wear this one to your best friend's wedding.

Best for: All body types. Just look to a dressed-up silhouette that suits you best. Athletic build like Jennifer? Opt for a dress that skims your curves and shows a little skin. If you're looking to conceal a little more, look for styles that float away from the body or draw attention to your favorite areas via a lower neckline or open back.

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Topshop Plunge Maxi Dress ($95)

Topshop Plunge Maxi Dress ($95)

Halston Heritage Gown ($595)

Halston Heritage Gown ($595)

Alice + Olivia Mya Criss Cross-Back Gathered Chiffon Maxi Dress ($495)

Alice + Olivia Mya Criss Cross-Back Gathered Chiffon Maxi Dress ($495)

BCBG Max Azria Elisia Lace Gown ($498)

BCBG Max Azria Elisia Lace Gown ($498)

Mason by Michelle Mason Plunging-V Sheath Dress ($575)

Mason by Michelle Mason Plunging-V Sheath Dress ($575)

3.1 Phillip Lim Gathered-Waist Silk Maxi Dress ($975)

3.1 Phillip Lim Gathered-Waist Silk Maxi Dress ($975)

ABS Deep V Gown ($390)

ABS Deep V Gown ($390)

Nightcap Clothing Coletta Lace Gown ($495)

Nightcap Clothing Coletta Lace Gown ($495)

Body-Con
Body-Con

Why we love it: The body-hugging fit of these dresses is all-out sexy. They're made for flaunting your figure, and depending on the fabric (we recommend something more substantial — the thinner the material, the more you'll reveal) and cut, these frocks can work for pretty much any occasion.

Best for: Highlighting and creating curves. The snug fit doesn't leave much room to hide, but it also provides the perfect opportunity for playing up curves. Whether you're out to show off the ones you've got or hoping to create the illusion of curves, these styles are just the thing.

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Missguided Side Split Slinky Midi Dress White ($50)

Missguided Side Split Slinky Midi Dress White ($50)

Lavish Alice Crossover Bodycon Midi Dress ($87)

Lavish Alice Crossover Bodycon Midi Dress ($87)

Faith Connexion Off-the-Shoulder Crepe Body-Con Dress ($995)

Faith Connexion Off-the-Shoulder Crepe Body-Con Dress ($995)

Elizabeth and James Lela Cutout-Waist Dress ($365)

Elizabeth and James Lela Cutout-Waist Dress ($365)

Milly Asymmetrical Sheath ($425)

Milly Asymmetrical Sheath ($425)

Bec & Bridge Echo Dress ($250)

Bec & Bridge Echo Dress ($250)

Maxi
Maxi

Why we love it: Maxi dresses have become our go-to, thanks to their easy and universally flattering silhouettes. With the right fit and embellishments, they can transition seamlessly from day to night, event to event. We also love that their longer length means we can get away with wearing them to work.

Best for: All body types. Maxi dresses work on everyone — it's all about finding the right fit for your body. If you want to stay covered up on top, look for long-sleeved styles (like Rachel Zoe's). For showing off curves, opt for a fitted style, and if you're looking to flatter an hourglass shape, find a dress that cinches the waist and floats away from the body.

Gap Maxi Dress ($80)

Gap Maxi Dress ($80)

Rachel Pally Women's Sleeveless Maxi Dress ($229)

Rachel Pally Women's Sleeveless Maxi Dress ($229)

Mara Hoffman Linen Cutout Maxi Dress ($425)

Mara Hoffman Linen Cutout Maxi Dress ($425)

Madewell Dominica Cotton-Voile Maxi Dress ($130)

Madewell Dominica Cotton-Voile Maxi Dress ($130)

Splendid Kaftan Shirt Dress ($198)

Splendid Kaftan Shirt Dress ($198)

The Jetset Diaries North of Fira Maxi Dress ($268)

The Jetset Diaries North of Fira Maxi Dress ($268)

Club Monaco Cassidy Pleated Maxi Dress ($389)

Club Monaco Cassidy Pleated Maxi Dress ($389)

Tibi Asymmetric Cotton-Poplin Maxi Dress ($750)

Tibi Asymmetric Cotton-Poplin Maxi Dress ($750)

Fit-and-Flare
Fit-and-Flare

Why we love it: These dresses are all about femininity. We love that the shape is sweet and girlie and that the figure-flattering silhouette is making a major comeback.

Best for: Hourglass shapes and either highlighting or creating curves. The waist-defining silhouette is ideal for ladies looking to play up their curves. Of course, the fit-and-flare style is also a safe bet if you're looking to create such an illusion.

ASOS Collection Premium Bonded Fit and Flare Dress ($118)

ASOS Collection Premium Bonded Fit and Flare Dress ($118)

BCBG Danella Long-Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Dress ($338)

BCBG Danella Long-Sleeve Fit-and-Flare Dress ($338)

Parker Barcelona Fit & Flare Dress ($286)

Parker Barcelona Fit & Flare Dress ($286)

Club Monaco Lindell Dress ($249)

Club Monaco Lindell Dress ($249)

BB Dakota Lace Fit and Flare Dress ($98)

BB Dakota Lace Fit and Flare Dress ($98)

Opening Ceremony Pleated Ribbed-Knit Mini Dress ($495)

Opening Ceremony Pleated Ribbed-Knit Mini Dress ($495)

Jarlo Hartley Lace Midi Dress With Plunge Neckline ($154)

Jarlo Hartley Lace Midi Dress With Plunge Neckline ($154)

French Connection Ana Crepe Flare Dress ($158)

French Connection Ana Crepe Flare Dress ($158)

Sam Edelman A-Line Dress ($149)

Sam Edelman A-Line Dress ($149)

Tibi Satin Poplin One-Shoulder Wrap Dress ($625)

Tibi Satin Poplin One-Shoulder Wrap Dress ($625)

Shirtdress
Shirtdress

Why we love it: We're drawn to the menswear riff and the casual feel of these Summer-staple dresses. They work just as easily for the office as they do for our off-duty or event-ready wear, as seen by Ashley Madekwe. All it takes are the right accessories.

Best for: All body types. With all the new iterations on this classic, shirtdresses can flatter just about any body as long as you look for the right shape. If you're curvier, opt for an A-line style. Those with boyish shapes should look to more fitted versions — and of course, have fun with the sheer or lacy fabrics they come in.

Loft Softened Shirtdress ($80)

Loft Softened Shirtdress ($80)

Alice McCall Baseline Shirtdress ($288)

Alice McCall Baseline Shirtdress ($288)

Topshop Boutique Belted Shirtdress ($135)

Topshop Boutique Belted Shirtdress ($135)

Sea Grid Panel Shirt Dress ($430)

Sea Grid Panel Shirt Dress ($430)

3.1 Phillip Lim Drawstring Shirt Dress ($499)

3.1 Phillip Lim Drawstring Shirt Dress ($499)

Veronica Beard Cap-Sleeve Ruched Shirtdress ($495)

Veronica Beard Cap-Sleeve Ruched Shirtdress ($495)

T by Alexander Wang Oversize Cotton Poplin Shirtdress ($405)

T by Alexander Wang Oversize Cotton Poplin Shirtdress ($405)

Kate Spade New York Tobin Shirtdress ($428)

Kate Spade New York Tobin Shirtdress ($428)

Theory Davah Cotton-Poplin Mini Shirt Dress ($295)

Theory Davah Cotton-Poplin Mini Shirt Dress ($295)

Forever 21 Belted Classic Shirt Dress ($23)

Forever 21 Belted Classic Shirt Dress ($23)

Lace and Eyelets
Lace and Eyelets

Why we love it: Nothing feels quite so summery as an LWD in lace or eyelet. The style has unmatched femininity and sweetness — though a halter neckline or higher hemline can make them feel simultaneously (and effortlessly!) sexy.

Best for: Any body — find the details you love on a silhouette that fits your body best. The same rules for fit apply: if you're curvier, look to waist-defining styles to draw interest to your smallest point; if you want to show off your legs, opt for a mini hemline; and if you're out to create curves, look for hip-highlighting peplum.

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Topshop Bell Sleeve Lace Shift Dress ($125)

Topshop Bell Sleeve Lace Shift Dress ($125)

Yoana Baraschi Sleeveless Eyelet & Lace Maxi Dress ($408)

Yoana Baraschi Sleeveless Eyelet & Lace Maxi Dress ($408)

Self Portrait Graciella Dress ($640)

Self Portrait Graciella Dress ($640)

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Leslea Crochet Lace Dress ($150)

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Leslea Crochet Lace Dress ($150)

Keepsake Run The World Lace-Top Shift Dress ($180)

Keepsake Run The World Lace-Top Shift Dress ($180)

Isabel Marant Étoile Eyelet Serena Sun Dress ($460)

Isabel Marant Étoile Eyelet Serena Sun Dress ($460)

Zimmermann Embroidered Eyelet Voile Coverup Dress ($565)

Zimmermann Embroidered Eyelet Voile Coverup Dress ($565)

Forever 21 Semi-Sheer Ornate Crochet Dress ($30)

Forever 21 Semi-Sheer Ornate Crochet Dress ($30)

Maje Dress — Rihanna Lace Maxi ($570)

Maje Dress — Rihanna Lace Maxi ($570)

J.O.A. Aylin Dress ($100)

J.O.A. Aylin Dress ($100)

For Love & Lemons Luna Maxi Dress ($246)

For Love & Lemons Luna Maxi Dress ($246)

Strapless
Strapless

Why we love it: Strapless styles are just the thing to counter the humidity and heat. We love that we can wear them just about anywhere — and they give us a reason to show off our favorite statement necklaces.

Best for: Most body types. These styles play up your upper body, so they're especially great for showcasing toned shoulders and biceps. They can also balance out what you may not love about your lower body by drawing the eyes up.

Cameo Department Layered Dress ($178)

Cameo Department Layered Dress ($178)

Ella Moss Debbie Dress ($198)

Ella Moss Debbie Dress ($198)

A.L.C. Francis Dress ($545)

A.L.C. Francis Dress ($545)

BCBG Max Azria Melannie Strapless Lace Dress ($428)

BCBG Max Azria Melannie Strapless Lace Dress ($428)

Alice + Olivia Salma Strapless Eyelet Dress ($465)

Alice + Olivia Salma Strapless Eyelet Dress ($465)

Milly Strapless Cascading Ruffle Dress ($495)

Milly Strapless Cascading Ruffle Dress ($495)