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10 dresses every woman should own

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10 dresses every woman should own

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10 dresses every woman should own

The mini dress

Celebrity inspiration: Kate Moss Perfect for dancing the night away, the mini dress has a very high hemline (sitting well above the knees, but still classy) for a fun and flirty statement usually adorned with sequins and fringe. Beaded Fringe Tiered Dress by Kate Moss for TopShop ($380), at topshop.com. MUST-READ: Your ultimate summer dresses fashion guide

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10 dresses every woman should own

The maxi dress

Celebrity inspiration: Nicole Richie Picture warm summer nights when searching for the perfect boho-chic maxi dress. The skirt usually lands below the ankle and is accompanied by loose, printed fabrics. Sleeves optional. H&M Patterned Maxi Dress ($29.95), at hm.com. GALLERY: 10 fashion pieces every woman needs

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10 dresses every woman should own

The LBD

Celebrity inspiration: Lupita Nyong'o You can blame the LBD on Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn—both of whom made this short, sexy, all-black number an icon and your go-to dress when you've nothing else to wear. Viktor & Rolf Sleeveless Tuxedo Dress ($1,410), at shopbop.com. GALLERY: 5 ways to wear your LBD

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10 dresses every woman should own

The sheath dress

Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Lawrence This tight column dress usually ends right at the knee for an ultra refined look. Most versions of the sheath are given a back slit for extra movement and come with chic capped sleeves. Michael Kors Crimson Red Wool-blend Dress ($1,150), at stylebop.com. GALLERY: Top 10 most iconic fashion pieces

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10 dresses every woman should own

The slip dress

Celebrity inspiration: Rihanna A boudoir style essential, the slip dress (or cami) is usually short in length and made from lace and silk with thin sleeves, similar to your favourite piece of lingerie. Ermanno Scervino Lace Hem Slip Dress ($2,620.95), at farfetch.com. GALLERY: 20 super pretty summer dresses for every budget

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10 dresses every woman should own

The fit and flare

Celebrity inspiration: Taylor Swift The feminine fit and flare dress takes its cues from the 1940s when nipped waists, belts, pleats and ruffles were all the rage. Try it with a halter or sweetheart neckline. Ted Baker London Summer at Dusk Printed Dress ($275), at tedbaker-london.com. MUST-READ: How to find the perfect dress for your body type

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10 dresses every woman should own

The wrap dress

Celebrity inspiration: Kate Middleton With a V-shaped neckline and draped fabric at the bodice, Diane von Fürstenberg made the wrap dress famous. The Duchess of Cambridge is also a curator of this long-sleeved, knotted number. Diane von Fürstenberg New Julian Two-printed Silk-jersey Wrap Dress ($533), at mytheresa.com. GALLERY: 15 accessories you'll wear forever

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10 dresses every woman should own

The shirt dress

Celebrity inspiration: Mila Kunis Consider the shirt dress like an oversized smock. Traditionally, it borrows elements from the men including collars, buttons and cuffs—think Tom Cruise in Risky Business to get the idea. Joe Fresh Colour Block Shirt Dress ($29), at joefresh.com. GALLERY: 10 trench coats you can wear forever

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10 dresses every woman should own

The shift dress

Celebrity inspiration: Emma Watson The shift dress (or chemise) is tailor made for the minimalist with its short, T-shaped silhouette. Imagine supermodel Twiggy's mod style when trying on this '60s fashion must have. Vero Moda Amsterdam Scarf Print Sleeveless Dress ($49), at thebay.com. MUST-READ: The ultimate beach style guide

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10 dresses every woman should own

The midi dress

Celebrity inspiration: Anne Hathaway The hallmark of a midi dress? The hemline falls just below the knees (or at mid-calf range) for a form-fitting dress that's not too short and not too long. Talk about a happy medium. Marni Satin-jersey Midi Dress ($1,120 USD), at net-a-porter.com. GALLERY: Celebrity inspiration for wearing the LBD

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