The Most Flattering Dresses No Matter Your Age or Style
Whether you want to flaunt what you've got, strategically slim, or highlight your finest assets, there's a dress that's perfect for every age, style, and body type. Below, we've rounded up a selection of our favorite looks that are sure to flatter for every occasion.
Front Zip Midi Shirtdress
SHOP NOW: Topshop, nordstrom.com, $47.50
This black and white number is as effortlessly chic as a classic shirtdress, but the patterned detailing and contrasting collar give it extra style points.
Helena Chino Dress
SHOP NOW: bodenusa.com, $63.00
The simple silhouette of this punchy pink shift dress belies its wear-everywhere superpowers: sturdy cotton fabric with waist-cinching seams, and—everyone's favorite—pockets.
Tiered Wave Shirtdress
SHOP NOW: Lela Rose, saksfifthavenue.com, $1,190.00
The iconic combo of navy and white kicks things up a notch, as does the nautical wave pattern, all to elevate a classic midi-shirtdress silhouette.
Soutache Trumpet Dress
SHOP NOW: JS Collectionsnordstrom.com, $278.00
For a dress that's stunning without being overly skin-baring, this elegantly embroidered number is a sure-fire winner.
Ansley UPF 50+ Polo Dress
SHOP NOW: LILLY PULITZER, nordstrom.com, $148.00
You can never go wrong with a dramatic pop of print like this Lilly Pulitzer shift dress.
Contrast Stitched V-Neck Trapeze Dress
SHOP NOW: Donna Karan New York, saksfifthavenue.com, $135.00
Oversized sleeves and a swingy trapeze hemline makes this white dress the cooler, more stylish sister to your favorite tennis dress.
The Songbird Tiered Floral-print Midi Dress
SHOP NOW: The Vampire's Wife, net-a-porter.com, $960.00
Laura Ashley-inspired prairie dresses are the hottest look of the season—and it just so happen to be one that's flattering on all ages.
Jeanne Two Silk-Jersey Wrap Dress
SHOP NOW: Diane von Furstenberg, dvf.com, $199.20
There's a reason that DVF's printed wrap dresses became an icon: they're flattering on positively everyone.
Dot Lace Belted Cap-Sleeve Silk-Trim A-Line Dress
SHOP NOW: Akris, saksfifthavenue.com, $1,490.00
This lace midi dress is perfect for an evening out or a sophisticated garden party.
Clyde A-Line Shift Dress
SHOP NOW: Alice + Olivia, saksfifthavenue.com, $295.00
Never underestimate the power of color. This otherwise understated shift dress becomes a scene-stealer in bold fuchsia.
Jessica Ponte Dress
SHOP NOW: bodenusa.com, $130.00
A boat neckline and wide straps show off your shoulders while a wrap detail not only brings attention to your waist, it also gives a little coverage to the area many of us prefer to disguise—the tummy.
Knit Column Dress
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, anthropologie.com, $130.00
A bold shade does all of the heavy-lifting in this throw-it-on-and-go knit dress.
Mesh Fit & Flare Dress
SHOP NOW: Eliza J, nordstrom.com, $128.00
Dainty cutouts show a little skin in this pretty dress without being too revealing.
Jacquin Embroidered Midi Dress
SHOP NOW: anthropologie.com, $260.00
Mix and match patterns in earth and jewel tones make this dress a friendly option for events year-round.
Sleeveless Cotton Poplin Floor Length Maxi Dress
SHOP NOW: J.Crew, nordstrom.com, $148.00
There are few patterns that bring the preppy factor quite as well as a classic, nautical blue and white stripe.
SHOP NOW: bodenusa.com, $170.00
The cozy yet structured stretch fabric of this fit and flare dress makes it a breeze to show off the features you want to flaunt and disguise those you don't.
Double Rainbow Shift Dress
SHOP NOW: Trina Turksaksfifthavenue.com, $248.00
Infuse your look with a hint of '60s mod thanks to this playfully cool, emerald shift dress.
Ruffle Sleeve Sheath Dress
SHOP NOW: Eliza J, nordstrom.com, $148.00
A perfect day-to-night dress is essential for any woman's wardrobe—we like that this version adds extra movement with ruffled sleeves and brings out your shape with a belted waist.
Noelle Wrap Dress
SHOP NOW: Show Me Your Mumunordstrom.com, $198.00
This long, flowy wrap dress is perfect for a romantic tropical vacation.
Zebra Wrap Dress
SHOP NOW: Corey Lynn Calteranthropologie.com, $198.00
Modest doesn't have to mean boring: case in point, this artsy patterned dress with long sleeves, and a maxi hem.
Striped Cotton Dobby Shirt Dress
SHOP NOW: Brooks Brothersbrooksbrothers.com, $98.00
Every preppy closet needs a classic striped shirtdress.
Crepe & Embroidered Lace Gown
SHOP NOW: Tadashi Shoji, nordstrom.com, $308.00
Glinting metallic lace makes his elegant gown accessories-optional.
Catalina Fit & Flare Dress
SHOP NOW: Dress the Population, nordstrom.com, $182.00
The fitted top of this breezy dress highlights your arms and shows off your waist without constricting your movement: ideal for a night of drinks and dancing.
Tweed Shift Dress
SHOP NOW: Harper Rose, nordstrom.com, $138.00
Bring on the Jackie O vibes with this gorgeous tweed dress with just a hint of embellishment at the collar.
The Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit
SHOP NOW: Everlaneeverlane.com, $120.00
Sometimes you just have to abandon dresses altogether and test the waters with a sophisticated (but comfy) jumpsuit.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors