It might not feel like it yet (especially here in Minnesota!), but spring is on its way. In just a few months, we’ll be back in floaty dresses and lightweight knits. So, right now, we’re all about creating a transeasonal wardrobe we can layer up in cooler temps, then pare back when mercury starts to climb. That’s where these must-have modest dresses and skirts come in.
These are the ‘basics’ that every closet needs; a collection of daytime, nighttime and casual-chic looks that have every occasion and climate covered. Your capsule wardrobe starts here…
1. The Throw-On Day Dress
The comfiest dress going; you can toss it on in the midst of the morning rush, and you’ll instantly look put-together. It’s one of the most versatile items you could own. Look for stretchy cottons and tiered designs that are light, loose and easy to layer, whether you’re throwing a sweater on top or wrapping up in a cardigan.
As for the best dress colors to wear, nail a transitional palette with sage green, warm camel or timeless burgundy stripes that take you from winter into spring.
2. The Classic Denim Skirt
Denim goes with everything, so denim skirts are a closet staple. Wear yours midi or maxi for a modest silhouette that never goes out of style. We love maxis in fall and winter to balance out a long sleeved tee or sweater, before switching to midis in time for spring and summer, aka short sleeve season.
Best of all, every color goes with true blue denim, so you can work this skirt with every top you own. Go for a crisp white tee for a classic combo or add a bold knit to brighten up a wintery day.
3. The Feminine Floral Dress
Florals are practically a neutral. They make getting dressed fun and easy all year round, whether you opt for muted tones in winter or poppy brights in summer. Keep a floral dress casual with flats and dainty jewellery, then add a pair of heels for evening. Choosing a bold print in darker shades lends instant class, while ditsy blooms are sweet, subtle and feminine.
4. The Dress-It-Up Skirt
This is the skirt that makes everything look dressy. Team it with a tee or a cozy sweater, and the jewel-toned color will give your whole outfit an instant night-out update. Look for extra classic details – like pretty pleats or plush velvet – to take that understated elegance to the next level. Then, add flat booties or sophisticated heels to complete your ensemble.
5. The Floaty Silhouette
No matter if you’re wearing a skirt or a dress, floaty fabrics are always flattering. Get one of each in your wardrobe, and swish from season to season in style. Pairing just as perfectly with casual flats as they do with your favorite boots, chiffony skirts and dresses can be layered over tights and leggings until the warm weather kicks in.
Up next: discover winter accessories that will keep you snug in the icy cold, plus check out the perfect outfits for winter walks.