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Picture all the clothes in your closet; then picture just the things you actually wear. The second group’s a lot smaller, isn’t it? We, too, are victims of stuffing our wardrobe with unnecessary impulse purchases we rarely end up wearing. That will most certainly not be the case with these five dress styles that you can always rely on.

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A sheath that says you’re the boss

Structured and elegant, a sheath makes you feel like you can do anything ('cuz you can, duh). Go classic in black or navy or spice things up with a subtle print, but above all, make sure it fits. If that means buying it off the rack and looking perfect, you?re lucky. If not, take it to the tailor and wonder why your entire wardrobe wasn?t made for your body.

Get the look: Banana Republic ($100); MM. Lafleur ($195); DVF ($368)

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A frivolous party dress you just really love

Less of a closet workhorse than a special treat, this little number is pure fun. You?ll love wearing it and get a ton of compliments, which makes up for the fact that you can probably whip it out only on choice occasions. It?s still a solid purchase.

Get the look: Alfred Sung ($198); Black Halo ($390); Anna October ($918)

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An LBD you can recycle endlessly

Obvious but true. A little black dress you adore is one of the best investments you can make in your wardrobe. Versatile and polished, the LBD is the perfect canvas for all your favorite accessories--or nothing at all. That?s the best part: You can wear it so many ways.

Get the look: Eloquii ($110); COS ($115); Lauren Ralph Lauren ($125)

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A casual dress you can wear with sneakers

You know those days when you just can’t be bothered to pull together multiple pieces? That’s when you grab this trusty casual staple that’s cutest--and most comfortable--when paired with a clean white kick. Done.

Get the look: Gap ($40); Junarose ($60); Madewell ($68)

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A maxi that can be dressed up or down

Easy, breezy. The beauty of the flowy maxi dress is that in a neutral color and quality fabric, you can wear it for both casual and special occasions. Swap slide sandals for pumps and switch up your jewelry to transition this guy from day to night in a flash.

Get the look: TFNC ($78); BCBG ($146); Kalita ($573)

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