When I was a little girl my mother had to wrestle me to the ground to get me to wear a dress. To me, they were pure torture. This thought continued into well into high school. I have no idea when the change occurred or why, but I now love them and they make up a good chunk of my minimalist wardrobe. They have become such an incredibly easy item to grab when getting dressed in the morning. A few of my friends are full figured and when we have discussed certain types of dresses, they are convinced they would look horrible in them. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a matter of the material and the way the dress is cut. If it’s cut like a sack, it will hang like a sack. These are the dresses I would suggest for a minimalist wardrobe. I have also added a photo of a similar type dress for a woman with a fuller figure.:

1. A wrap dress. First introduced in the 70’s, it has remained one of those effortless items that easily transforms from casual to dressy with just a few accessories. I prefer a solid colored wrap, but as you can see below, there are lots of variations. If you are in love with the idea of a printed dress, make sure it contains colors that will match with your sweaters so you can transition the dress into Fall and Winter.


2.  A sweater dress.  A lot of sweater dresses are made out of acrylic, which I tend to find very itchy. Look for a wool, cashmere or a blend with those items in it. Throw on a pair of tights, your favorite boots and you are good to go!


3. A t-shirt dress. Another simple little dress that has so many possibilities and absolutely perfect for summer.


4. A sheath dress. Chic, professional, classic.


5. The little black dress.  No photos here because this dress is such a necessity in your closet that it deserves it’s own post. 😉

These dresses can be multi-seasonal by adding a sweater or blazer over them (a blazer over the sweater dress will dress it up). With these 5 dresses, that’s still only 20 items in your closet!


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