Zara V-Neck Dress
With long sleeves and a flounced hem, this piece is perfect for a party, the office, or anywhere else you want to look polished and put-together.
To buy: $50; zara.com.
H&M Short-Sleeved Dress
Pair this shift’s slightly '60s feel with flat boots and a sleek hairstyle.
To buy: $30; hm.com.
Abercombie & Fitch Velvet Slip Dress
Want an effortless option for your next event? Both velvet and slip dresses are trends du jour, but an easy, off-the-body shift silhouette keeps it from looking try-hard. Also available in burgundy.
To buy: $68; abercrombie.com.
American Eagle Ahh-mazingly Soft Puff-Sleeve Sweater Dress
As cozy as your favorite PJ’s—but so much more socially acceptable. Also available in navy.
To buy: $60; ae.com.
Gap Print Tie-Sleeve Scoopneck Dress
The best of both worlds, this style’s loose, swingy shape comes with a belt to create a more form-fitting silhouette.
To buy: $70; gap.com.
& Other Stories Buttoned Dress
Tailored, but not too tight, this crepe pick also has a pretty print that transitions easily from day to night. Also available in floral print.
To buy: $85; stories.com.
Vince Camuto Cascade-Sleeve Dress
If you dread receiving an invite with a formal dress code because of the binding clothing that comes along with it, this pick is for you. The silky fabric and midnight hue feel fancy, but the loose fit feels—gasp—comfortable. Also available in wine.
To buy: $138; vincecamuto.com.