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Five Dress Styles Every Woman Should Try Once

Written by Homa Zaryouni -

I often end up buying versions of the same dress over and over again (hello, floral a-lines). While you should wear what you are comfortable in, wearing the same-old is the beginning of a style rut – and a bit of FOMO when looking back through photos and seeing yourself in the same outfit in different colors.

Besides, how do you know if your preferred silhouette is the one that looks best on you unless you experiment? We’ve rounded up five dress styles every woman should try on at least once.

(Bonus: Rent them on our site risk-free using our Try-On Box.)


The Sparkler: Love sequins or hate them, every girl should try dressing up like a glamorous disco ball at least once. New Year’s Eve is the best time for this.

Alice + Olivia Sequin Dress

Alice + Olivia sequin dress


Alexis Silver + Blush dress

Alexis silver and blush dress


The Slip Dress:

When you look so fly every embellishment is a distraction from what should be the focus (YOU!), there is the black slip dress. Try on this backless dress from Reformation or this minimalist Alice + Olivia gown.

Reformation backless black slip dress

Reformation backless slip dress


Alice + Olivia Backless Gown

Alice + Olivia open-back dress


The Lace Dress:

Far from Victorian, these lace dresses are both sexy and work/family-appropriate – covering you up and not at all at the same time. 


Alexis red lace dress

Alexis red lace dress


Self-Portrait Azalea dress in burgundy


The Side Slit:

Life is short. Everyone should do this once.

The Jetset Diaries off-shoulder dress

The Jetset Diaries off-shoulder dress


Jonathan Simkhai black dress with white trim

Jonathan Simkhai dress with white trim


BCBG black and white gown

BCBG dress with side slit


The Sleek Gown:

Sometimes less is more and a simple, floor-length gown is the way to go. If your instinct is to always embellish, change it up and go more simple and classic for your next black-tie event.

Mikael Aghal black gown

Mikael Aghal black gown

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