The simplistic style of the skater dress makes them a must have piece in every fashion savvy girl's wardrobe. Nipping you in at the waist the fitted bodice of the skater dress is designed to flaunt your toned upper half, while the gentle flare of the skirt flatters your hips for a streamlined look.
Perfect for pear shapes the skater dress is a versatile piece that can be worn cool and casual during the day with a cute floral print as well as amped up come evening in a sleek black number.
Periodic Table of Ladies Dresses
Welcome to our Periodic Table of Dresses talking about the science behind your fave pieces and getting you closer to your dream dress styles that'll flatter and flaunt, take you from desk-to-dance floor (as well as the beach) and compliment your body shape!
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Borrowing a little masculine tailoring, the shirt dress is a lesson in clean lines and minimalism. The classic shirt dress features a button through placket, capped sleeves (or full-length depending on the season) and a little extra length for a staple in your workwear wardrobe.
They give your look a sleek style that's both understated and chic, while also making themselves accessible to receiving bold colour palettes through careful accessorising. Wear them to the office with court shoes, swapping courts for block heels as you take your shirt dress from boardroom to after work cocktails with the girls.
Embellished and sparkling, the sequin dress is made for parties and glam occasions. Whether you choose a midi length, a bodycon style or a prom cut, add a delectable dash of sequins to the fabric and you've got yourself an outfit filled with after dark drama!
Channelling inspiration from The Great Gatsby's roaring '20s, sequins and embellishments have taken off this season featuring in summer collections as well as the more standard Christmas party season. Featured on shoes, bags and accessories sequins are big news and anybody who's anybody has a sequined dress just waiting to be showcased.
The maxi is a shoulder-to-toe dress that started as a summer staple before moving into occasionwear. There are many different types of maxi dress, but most are made from soft jersey fabric designed to drape elegantly across your figure.
From backless, bandeau and halter to thigh high splits, sequins and cut-outs there is a maxi dress for everyone no matter whether they're an hourglass or apple shape, tall or petite. From hot house blooms to sparkling embellishments you can wear a maxi dress all year round and for all occasions from beach and casual daytime dressing to parties and special occasions.
The height of casual dressing the jumper dress is a classic staple in any girl's wardrobe. Made from lightweight knits to heavy woven fabrics, these dresses will see you through autumn into winter with bare legs or tights, sandals or ankle boots.
The jumper dress comes in a slightly slim fit to contour your shape and show off your curves (who said knitwear was boring?) Bardot styles offer a little more elegance than the casual style, while full sleeves add transitional appeal.
Perfect for almost every occasion the pencil dress, with its straight cut and ladylike length, can be work understated in classic colour palettes such as black, grey and navy for the office as well as in fiery reds and bold greens with statement jewellery for special occasions.
All body shapes can wear a pencil dress. Their many features are designed to flatter and flaunt your best bits - ruched detailing draws attention to your waist and away from your upper half, while square necklines balance your shoulders and hips for incredible results.
Soft, lightweight and stretchy, the jersey dress is another piece from the periodic table of ladies dresses that flatters all body shapes.
With a generous stretch the jersey dress drapes beautifully around your figure. The casual style of these dresses makes them perfect for your off-duty wardrobe as well as for layering with. In a range of colours and prints the jersey dress stands the test of time and trends from season to season and once you've found the style that suits you, you'll be hooked on the jersey dress.
The hourglass' best friend, the bodycon dress is all about flaunting curvaceous figures. In a very neat fit the bodycon shows off any little lumps and bumps, but makes the most of tiny waists, smooth hips and perfect derriere's.
Think Jessica Rabbit, think sexy, the bodycon dress is the ultimate party dress from season to season. Whether it's short and sassy, low cut and lush, embellished with sequins or set to wow in the print of the season this is a dress designed for confident, curvy women who love to flaunt their hourglass silhouette.
The ultimate in illusion, the peplum dress boasts a whole range of benefits from giving boyish figures fuller hips and a little shape to hiding tums for a super flattering (and confidence boosting) style.
Carefully placed pieces of fabric sit over the hips adding a little shape and flair to your looks. Similar to the pencil dress, the peplum dress can be worn in a simple monochrome colour block or understated hue with court shoes and a grab bag for the office and amped up post 5 in a pair of sky-scraper heels and bling accessories!
Lacking detailed shaping, the shift dress is a short piece that is usually plain in design. Sometimes they feature an A-line skirt or empire waist to give them a little more shape, but the whole point in the shift dress is that it skims the curves rather than hugs them. This style of cut makes them perfect for most body types.
Their unchanging simple style makes them a versatile pick for career women on the go, taking them from the office to dinner with a simple application of lipstick or change in accessories.
Think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's for the ultimate in understated shift dress chic!
Just like the name suggests, the swing dress is synonymous with the freedom of the sixties and can be worn in a retro style like our very own Fearne Cotton or in a vintage twist with swept up hair, full red lips and Mary Janes.
The style of the swing dress is all about the flare in the hem that lifts the fabric creating a flirty swish and sway as you move for a gorgeously fluid silhouette. Most swing dresses feature a Geo or Paisley print to channel the swinging sixties, but to keep up with season trends also work in colour blocks and neon for a vintage meets mod finish.
A cross between the mini and the maxi, the midi dress is an elegant design that has really taken off in the last few years. The slim fit of the midi is bodycon-inspired showing off curvaceous figures to perfection - again, another favourite of the hourglass.
With a range of alternative features the midi can include capped sleeves, keyhole backs, cut-in necklines and a range of prints and hues ensuring there is something for everyone. Again, like the pencil dress, the midi is a versatile piece that will work just as well as part of your 9-5 wardrobe as it will with your first date and special occasion wardrobes!
The iconic dress of the seventies, the wrap dress continues to flatter all year round. Boasting a range of benefits the wrap is perhaps the only dress that truly compliments all shapes flattering your hips, bust, arms and waist.
Made famous by designer Diane von Furstenberg, the wrap dress is a simple design and most feature the crisscross bustline that creates the illusion of a smaller waist. Worn by women across age groups the wrap is a truly versatile pick for your wardrobe. Wear it in winter with a cropped jumper, tights and ankle boots or keep it simple (like the design) in summer with a delicate print, minimal jewellery and a cute clutch.
Perfect for smart daytime occasions, the tunic dress is a versatile pick that women of all ages love as it works 9-5 as well as overtime at the weekend as well as for evening dates too!
Their straight up and down style makes them great for accessorising with - allowing you to create clean cut, understated daytime looks as well as amped up after dark styles. There's a tunic style for everyone. Column shapes and taller girls benefit from the tunic as it adds a little shape, while shorter and more curvaceous girls can shift the focus to their narrower parts by adding a wide belt that cinches them in at the middle.
Not just part of 90s American rom coms, the prom dress is becoming a hugely popular pick amongst career girls this side of the Atlantic too!
With a little less fuss around the skirt, the contemporary prom dress is perfect for parties and more formal occasions, usually featuring a little lace or embellishment for added statement. Available in bandeau styles that show off toned, golden shoulders or spaghetti straps that compliment a sweetheart neckline the prom dress is all about nipping you in at the waist before flaring out over your hips for a Belle of the ball finish.
Think bold colour palettes, floral prints and nautical stripes, the summer dress is a mix of many dresses from the Periodic Table of Dresses and flits in and out of your wardrobe for one season only, before it's time to get ready to shop the new season trends all over!
Soft, lightweight fabrics are key to the summer dress, keeping you cool and confident throughout the day. Non-crease fabrics are great for rolling up and packing in your suitcase ready to slip into after you've gone through customs, while the range of styles and colours makes the summer dress perfect for all girls, no matter their shape or size.
With a casual throw on and go style the beach dress is a summer vacation must have for fuss-free dressing. Featuring a range of prints and patterns the beach dress is super lightweight and acts as a cute cover up as you make your way from your room to the pool.
From mini to maxi and sheer to opaque, there's a beach dress for everyone that'll cover you up on the beach as well as take you to an al fresco dinner date with your other half!
The ultimate classic and must have in every girl's wardrobe, the Little Black Dress or LBD to its friends, is an occasion wear staple that gets taken out of your wardrobe for everything from family birthdays, hot dates and formal occasions.
This iconic piece was born out of the roaring '20s where cocktail parties were the norm and the LBD was a failsafe option to dress up and wow at these revelries. In an understated and classic hue, the power of the little black dress is its long-lasting appeal, its affordability and accessibility to all as well as its versatility.
Pretty with a vintage appeal, the tea dress came about in the '40s and still upholds its classic prints and patterns to this day making it the perfect pick for dainty daytime soirees with friends.
With an old school cut, the modern tea dress maintains the semi-relaxed silhouette but infuses its delicate floral and bird prints (to name a few) with of-the-moment neons and contrast trims. Perfect daytime wear the tea dress is a girl-on-the-go's best friend seeing her from brunch with the girls to garden parties.
Vintage meets boudoir wherever a lace dress is concerned. Delicate semi-sheer fabric is effortlessly vintage while, paired with stilettos and a vixen red lip; the lace dress takes on a more delectable style.
Becoming stronger with every season the lace dress is available in a range of styles and colours from nude midi dresses with full sleeves to sleeveless skater dresses in cobalt blue. They're the perfect pick for special occasions and can be accessorised beautifully making them accessible for weddings, parties and that hot date you've been planning!