Day Dress

Since pants are now an acceptable form of dress for myriad daytime celebrations, the day dress doesn’t get as much play as it used to. But a sophisticated shift is often the easiest and most appropriate choice for such semiformal festivities as luncheons, recitals, and afternoon bridal showers. And when you (re)discover how little effort it takes to zip into a dress, you’ll find it a pleasure to give your pants a well-deserved rest.

To buy: Calvin Klein dress; see similar styles at calvinklein.com.