The One Brilliant's Guide to this Season's Best Dresses.

Suzanne Mauro

What's not to love about the right dress. At One Brilliant we love dresses. It's a one-stop quick fix. It can fulfill a spectrum of style needs - easy, minimalist, opulent, undone or elegant. A dress can meet any requirement, occasion, body shape, mood, budget and practicality, but most important, a dress can transform the way we feel. The right dress is just so easy, just put it on and go. We at One Brilliant share some of our favorite dresses and the best way to wear them.

The One-Step Overhaul - The great thing about the dress is the immediacy of femininity it brings. If you are normally quite casual, a dress changes the way you look and feel. A great dress will totally empower you. It makes you stand in a certain way, like a high heel. It gives you attitude and creates a story. When you buy a dress, think about what you have in your wardrobe that you can accessorize with it, shoes, jackets, etc. I paired this fabulous dress by Westin with faux leather leggings and a great hat, taking it to a casual day-to-day look. Dress by Westin, $188 available at One Brilliant.

Try Florals - Worried about looking matronly in flower prints? Just go for fabrics that are more modern and lean on your accessories to keep the outfit fresh. A dress can be an easy basic layered piece for winter. For a shortcut to glamour add a fur cardigan or a sparkly clutch.

We just love this floral Cartisse Zip Dress $198.00 paired with a Dana Stein Cardigan $188.00 both available at One Brilliant.

LBD Rules - This take on the Little Gray Dress is a keeper. An excellent option for work, daytime or to take from day to dinner. The square scoop neckline is a flattering feature that makes this dress stand out from your other dresses in your wardrobe. Dress by Teri Jon, $448.00 available at One Brilliant. Wrap by Dana Stein, $198.00 available at One Brilliant.

The Classic Sheath - A staple piece that can be worn for years to come. The Sheath dress is very versatile and a good choice dress style for women of all sizes. It is elegant, feminine and can be very practical when need be. Although the sheath dress can be a bit figure-hugging, it gives a slimming silhouette to most figure types. It can show off and flatters the waistline, while providing an hour-glassfigure. We love this Black Halo Dress $328.00 available at One Brilliant.

Style Tips:

 Don't be afraid of wearing flat shoes with your cocktail dress. A woman always looks most elegant when she is comfortable.

Taking a dress from day to night is not a new one, but the notion of night to day or even summer to winter is more unexpected. Do not be restricted by fabrics. If you have a lightweight dress you want to wear on a cold day, wear it with knee-high boots or layer it. The same goes with evening wear. We tend to spend more money on it, so why not get more wear out of it by adding chunky boots and a cardigan for day.


photos and styling by Suzanne Mauro, AICI











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