To the genius human that took a basic, humble tank top and one day said, “let’s make it longer”, we salute you. From that moment, the throw-on-and-go essential was born.

It’s timeless. It’s flattering. It’s machine washable. Here, eight inspiring ways to rock the frock.

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MAKE IT SPORTY

Sneaks are perfectly appropriate (not to mention: comfy).

Get the look: ASOS dress ($33); Superga sneakers ($65)

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MAKE IT SEXY

Not exactly for the introverts, but when a tank fits in all the right places, even gym-inspired heather gray can be chic.

Get the look: Topshop dress ($40)

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OR NOT

Prefer to swim in fabric? (Us, too.) Let a good ol’ tent take you from brunch to the backyard hammock.

Get the look: J. Crew dress ($88)

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OR FIND A HAPPY MEDIUM

Try a slightly loose-fitting option and belt it like Zoe Saldana does. Understated curves, check.

Get the look: Splendid dress ($118); Banana Republic belt ($45)

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LAYER UP WITH A LONG CARDIGAN

For breezy evenings (or overly air-conditioned rooms), follow Jessica Alba’s lead.

Get the look: Enza Costa dress ($90); Gap cardigan ($28)

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THEN TIE IT AROUND YOUR WAIST

Karlie Kloss shoulders not included.

Get the look: Stem dress ($58); Old Navy cardigan ($15)

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TRANSITION TO FALL WITH A TRENCH

How to look office-appropriate in early September.

Get the look: Eileen Fisher dress ($198); Coach trench ($288)

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OR A MOTO JACKET

Whatever your style, the dress just works.

Get the look: Dorothy Perkins dress ($21); H&M jacket ($60)

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