With his now-iconic bandage style, Hervé Léger revolutionized dresses as we know them. Curve-hugging shifts are now as necessary a staple as skinny jeans, and though many of them are red-carpet worthy, they can also be perfectly à propos for a party with friends. Who to wear where:
A form-fitting tank or tube dress from James Perse or Velvet is a wardrobe must. Comfortable and flattering, these simple pieces make a bold statement when worn alone, and work well layered over leggings or under cardigans. Look to Rachel Pally and Free People for a wide range of feminine yet flirty options.
On the Town
For the confident modern Cinderella, Hérve Léger and Nightcap Clothing dresses practically guarantee a grand entrance. Versions by Barlow and Alice + Olivia are equally alluring, but a little more playful—if you’ve been wondering what to wear for your next big date, start here.
When you need to turn heads without raising eyebrows, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Diane von Furstenberg are the answer. Whether you’re looking for the perfect dress for an office party or the wedding of your best frenemy, these masters of the classy-yet-sexy genre have you covered.