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Why we love it: The easy silhouette is a mainstay and conjures up images of minimalist beauties like Gwyneth Paltrow. It's an easy piece to dress up or down with the right accessories, and its breezy shape is the perfect option to slip into on hot Summer days.

Best for: Athletic builds. The looser silhouette skims the body but doesn't hug curves or define a waist. If you want to play up your stems or showcase toned biceps, this dress is ideal.

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Diane von Furstenberg Xandra dress ($485)

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ASOS one-shoulder shift dress ($93)

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LOFT crochet lace shift dress ($90)

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Tibi ponte sleeveless shift dress ($385)

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Why we love it: Especially for Summer, evening dresses in white feel fresh and ultraelegant. Just look to Jennifer Aniston in a totally chic, totally sexy Burberry gown. Just be sure to steer clear of any overtly lacy detailing to keep the look from feeling too bridal — and please don't wear this one to your best friend's wedding.

Best for: All body types. Just look to a dressed-up silhouette that suits you best. Athletic build like Jennifer? Opt for a dress that skims your curves and shows a little skin. If you're looking to conceal a little more, look for styles that float away from the body or draw attention to your favorite areas via a lower neckline or open back.

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Emilio Pucci silk gown ($4,750)

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MSGM Techno Georgette long dress ($972)

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One by Contrarian Babs bibb maxi dress ($425)

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Erin Erin Fetherston gown with chiffon overlay ($475)

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BCBG Max Azria Evangelina fitted strapless high-low dress ($398)

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Best for: Highlighting and creating curves. The snug fit doesn't leave much room to hide, but it also provides the perfect opportunity for playing up curves. Whether you're out to show off the ones you've got or hoping to create the illusion of curves, these styles are just the thing.

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Hervé Léger Lauren bandage dress ($975)

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Reiss knit dress ($285)

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Torn By Ronny Kobo Malena ribbed dress ($159)

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Aqua ponte lace back dress ($88)

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Zara jacquard tube dress ($60)

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Why we love it: Maxi dresses have become our go-to, thanks to their easy and universally flattering silhouettes. With the right fit and embellishments, they can transition seamlessly from day to night, event to event. We also love that their longer length means we can get away with wearing them to work.

Best for: All body types. Maxi dresses work on everyone — it's all about finding the right fit for your body. If you want to stay covered up on top, look for long-sleeved styles (like Rachel Zoe's). For showing off curves, opt for a fitted style, and if you're looking to flatter an hourglass shape, find a dress that cinches the waist and floats away from the body.

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Rachel Pally long cutout dress ($238)

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Velvet Lizia Luxe slub maxi dress ($129)

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Indah Anjeli V-neck maxi dress ($145)

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Zara long studio dress ($159)

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Zara long embroidered dress ($90)

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Why we love it: These dresses are all about femininity. We love that the shape is sweet and girlie, and that the figure-flattering silhouette is making a major comeback.

Best for: Hourglass shapes and either highlighting or creating curves. The waist-defining silhouette is ideal for ladies looking to play up their curves. Of course, the fit-and-flare style is also a safe bet if you're looking to create such an illusion.

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Zara jacquard pattern cutout dress ($60)

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Need Supply Caught Up dress ($78)

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French Connection fit-and-flare dress ($148)

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Tibi pleated neoprene dress ($525)

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Rag & Bone White Nikki flare dress ($570)

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Why we love it: We're drawn to the menswear riff and the casual feel of these Summer-staple dresses. They work just as easily for the office as they do for our off-duty or event-ready wear, as seen by Ashley Madekwe. All it takes are the right accessories.

Best for: All body types. With all the new iterations on this classic, shirtdresses can flatter just about any body as long as you look for the right shape. If you're curvier, opt for an A-line style. Those with boyish shapes should look to more fitted versions — and of course, have fun with the sheer or lacy fabrications they come in.

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Thakoon addition tie-front eyelet shirtdress ($480)

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TBA silk Lizzie midi shirtdress ($301)

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T by Alexander Wang sleeveless shirtdress ($275)

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Gp fluid henley shirtdress ($65)

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Need Supply Flora lace dress ($78)

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Why we love it: The tank dress is a casual yet sexy play on the LWD. It marries the best of both worlds by showing off your shape with a simplified silhouette. These understated pieces are easy to dress up but feel just as cool styled down with our favorite flat sandals.

Best for: Almost all body types. These dresses flatter boyish, athletic, and curvier frames alike. The tank and racerback necklines show off shoulders and arms, and while typically the silhouette hugs the body, there are styles that float away from the hips, making it just as flattering an option for curvier shapes.

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Rag & Bone Blair tank dress ($495)

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Zara drawstring dress ($80)

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Victoria's Secret cotton fit-and-flare dress ($98)

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ASOS mini tank body-conscious dress ($27)

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C&C California tank dress ($98)

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Why we love it: The mini is a leg-flaunting staple for Summer and beyond. It's one of the easiest ways to style up a sexy, fuss-free look, and it goes beyond the everyday with a switch of our footwear or jewelry.

Best for: Any body type. Minis are made in a bevy of styles, so with the right silhouette, they flatter just about any frame. If you're apprehensive about showing too much leg, look for one that hits just above the knee, and if you're looking for ways to get extra mileage out of this style, opt for nude high heels to play up the illusion of mile-long gams.

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Mason by Michelle Mason cutout tank dress ($352)

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BCBG Max Azria one-shoulder minidress ($198)

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Blaque Label sweetheart minidress ($150)

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Zara v-neck dress with raglan sleeves ($60)

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Shoshanna lace Belinda gown ($550)

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Lover Broderie skating dress ($380)

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Candela lace dress ($215)

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Pins and Needles eyelet peplum dress ($40)

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Why we love it: Strapless styles are just the thing to counter the humidity and heat. We love that we can wear them just about anywhere — and they give us a reason to show off our favorite statement necklaces.

Best for: Most body types. These styles play up your upper body, so they're especially great for showcasing toned shoulders and biceps. They can also balance out what you may not love about your lower body by drawing the eyes up.

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Rebecca Taylor strapless knit dress ($395)

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Alice + Olivia Jordanna strapless dress ($396)

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Club Monaco Vanessa dress ($269)

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Young Fabulous & Broke Lou maxi dress ($194)

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Victoria's Secret foldover maxi dress ($108)

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Why we love it: Draped dresses, especially of the LWD variety, have an almost Grecian goddess vibe. They're elegant and a little more unexpected than your average dress options, but really, they're just as easy to wear.

Best for: All body types. Draping can be a great secret weapon for just about anyone, depending on the silhouette. It can help conceal problem areas and create illusions in all the right places.

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Acne Studios Marnay draped dress ($390)

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DKNY silk racerback tank dress ($335)

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T by Alexander Wang Pique drape-back dress ($265)

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Alice + Olivia draped boatneck dress ($297)

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BCBG Max Azria Margo one-shoulder dress ($198)

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Zara draped linen t-shirt dress ($50)