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When you want a look you can count on that is polished but requires little fuss, invest in an array of casual dresses in different fabrics and cuts. Dresses are one of the easiest pieces to wear, and they are also versatile. When you know what to wear with casual dresses, they can take you from the office to dinner to the weekend with just a change of accessories.
Make your casual dress business appropriate by adding some polished accessories to create a pulled-together feel. Throw on a heavy strand of pearls, select conservative shoes and carry a refined tote bag to make your look "work" in the office. For extra punch, slip on a blazer if you want to show that you are in charge.
To transition your casual dress from the office to dinner with friends or a cocktail party, swap out your tasteful accessories for ones that are more evening-ready. Carry a sparkly or patent leather clutch to house all of your essentials. Change to high-heeled boots, shoes or sandals. Select jewelry that has some shine or stones to give your look a sparkly touch.
Your casual dress can work overtime on the weekends. Wear it with ballet flats, embellished flip flops or casual wedges to run errands. You can also throw on a jean jacket or layer a turtleneck underneath for a modern feel. Incorporate a thick leather belt for a little extra edge.
Pack a few lightweight casual dresses and some strategic accessories when you go on vacation. Ethnic jewelry, good walking shoes, beach slides, sunglasses and a neutral cardigan will enable you to make the same dresses work for almost every situation. Just pay attention to fabric choices; select dresses that travel well and require the least amount of maintenance.