A person with short blonde hair is standing against an orange textured backdrop. They are wearing a sleeveless AJE Charmed Ruffled Satin-trimmed Linen-blend Mini Dress and white strappy high heels—classic pieces perfect for a capsule wardrobe. Their hands are placed behind their back, and they are looking directly at the camera.


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Chic Designer Dresses For A Capsule Wardrobe That Will Last You Years

Whether you’re looking to incorporate pieces you already own or start from scratch with versatile, designer silhouettes, these chic designer dresses for a capsule wardrobe are about to transform your closet. I’ve scrolled through thousands of dresses from the world’s leading online fashion stores and narrowed it down these must-haves. There are chic maxi-length designs that work seamlessly from day to night. Plus, sleek slip-on mini dresses to see you stylishly through summer and beyond. Keep reading to shop every timeless offering from DVF, Anthropologie, AJE, and more.

A woman in a sleeveless white dress and black heels walks along a waterfront, embodying the essence of the DÔEN Donetta Dress. The background features mountains and a coastal town. She is in profile and appears to be in motion, effortlessly blending style with the serene landscape.


A person with long blonde hair is walking in a desert landscape. They are wearing the MARINE LAYER Camila Ruffle Sleeve Midi Dress—perfect for dresses for a capsule wardrobe—short sleeves with ruffles, and brown cowboy boots. The background features sparse desert vegetation and distant mountains.

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Block Color Midi Dresses For A Capsule Wardrobe

Finding the right dresses for a capsule wardrobe is all about the perfect cut and color. For example, you can never go wrong with midi silhouettes. They work so perfectly for both daylight and after-dark soirées. And block color designs make styling a breeze. Therefore, dresses like the Donetta midi by Dôen deserve a top spot in your lineup. Pair this chic, silky design with flats for daytime or heeled sandals for an evening look. The Bari 101mm metallic leather sandals by Schutz, will work perfectly. Finally, tie the look together with the Nano layered shoulder bag by Paco Rabanne, and expect a night of endless compliments!

Meanwhile, the Camilla ruffle sleeve midi dress by Marine Layer deserves to be worn on repeat. Firstly it’s the perfect dress for everything from lunch dates to stylish errand runs. Secondly, it somehow works with boots, flats, sandals, sneakers, and heels. Add the Sunburst 120 metallic espadrille wedges by Aquazzura and the Rose Marie small laser-cut leather bucket bag by Alaia to this dress for the quintessential summer weekend ensemble.  

Shop more Dresses For A Capsule Wardrobe selected and reviewed by our expert fashion buyers and stylists

  • SELF-PORTRAIT Belted Broderie Anglaise Cotton Midi Shirt Dress

  • AJE Charmed Ruffled Satin-trimmed Linen-blend Mini Dress

  • RÓHE Off-the-shoulder Ruched Stretch-jersey Maxi Dress

  • SELF-PORTRAIT Tiered Pintucked Lace-trimmed Cotton-poplin Maxi Dress

  • PAIGE Arienne Dress

  • CULT GAIA Brylie Frayed Tencel™ Lyocell-blend Halterneck Midi Dress

  • ULLA JOHNSON Gemma Broderie Anglaise Cotton-poplin Mini Shirt Dress

  • STAUD Cadence Embellished Halterneck Satin Maxi Dress

  • GOLDEN GOOSE Journey Denim Midi Dress

  • DÔEN Donetta Dress

  • BALENCIAGA Ribbed-knit Turtleneck Maxi Dress

  • ROTATE BIRGER CHRISTENSEN Tiered Recycled-chiffon Maxi Dress

  • JETSET CHRISTINA Joali Tie-Front Linen Cover-Up Mini Dress

  • GIVENCHY Belted Ribbed Wool Midi Dress

  • LIKELY Hara Mini Dress

  • REFORMATION Evianna Puff Sleeve Linen Dress

  • MARINE LAYER Camila Ruffle Sleeve Midi Dress

  • LSPACE Candice Cover Up Dress


  • TOTÊME Pleated Organic Cotton-jersey Midi Dress

  • STELLA MCCARTNEY Net Sustain Organic Denim Midi Dress

  • AJE Escapist Maxi Dress

  • DVF Erica Cotton Dress

  • ANTHROPOLOGIE Sleeveless Ruched Midi Dress


Monochrome Dresses For A Capsule Wardrobe

No capsule wardrobe could ever be complete with a handful of monochrome dresses. Luckily, I’ve found the most classically beautiful designs you’ll want to wear for years to come. Firstly, every summer lineup should include a versatile white summer dress. So, make yours the Erica cotton midi by DVF. With pretty puff sleeves, a chic V-neckline, button detailing, and an A-line skirt with functional pockets, there’s nothing not to love. Finally, add classic flats and a timeless designer bag for an eternally chic finish. I highly recommend the Mary Jane slippers by Dôen with the Kate small shoulder bag by Saint Laurent.

Lastly, Anthropologie’s sleeveless ruched midi dress is the season’s hottest black evening dress. It has just enough deatil to keep things playful without detracting from the classic silhouette. Additionally, it’ll look incredible with heeled designer sandals or pumps no matter the season. My vote? Style yours with the Tita 85mm leather sandals by Alexandre Birman and the Nobile croc-effect patent leather clutch by Tom Ford. Both of these also deserve a place in your capsule closet!

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