Ever since fashion began people have tried to label and categorise different styles or fashions of clothing. It’s hard to get agreement because designers keep blurring the lines and leap-frogging the categories.  But here are the main dress styles you might hear mentioned.


No woman should be without a classic “little black dress”. And there are at least 7 types: read more in this post.


Narrow at the top, flaring towards a mid-length hem, the A-line dress is closely fitted at the waist.  Works best with a pear or hour-glass body shape, or slim-petite.


The pinny has a bib front so it’s worn over a blouse. T or other top. Classically a young girls’s style, but it appears every so often in fashion shows.  A loose, comfortable dress option.


The shift is a simple dress with no defined waist, that sits loosely on the body. Can be sleeved or not and varying lengths (if it’s full length it may be referred to as a caftan). A forgiving and comfortable dress style that’s usually for casual wear.

T-shirt dress

Just like the name says, a long t-shirt. Super casual and comfy.


Tulle is a net fabric that is usually heavily starched and often pleated. Originally tulle was used mostly for ballet dresses but now it’s common for party and fantasy dresses. Tulle gives a young look.

Tuxedo dress

Styled after men’s formal wear, with lapels and buttons. It looks like a blazer worn with a skirt, but generally is in one piece. Formal wear that might appear in a board room.

Shirt dress

Just like a long shirt, with buttons all down the front. Usually cotton, cut with a straight fall but often pinched in the waist.  Good for casual events.

The “full” list

There’s always room for more, but here’s a list compiled by fashion site LooksGud:

Tube/Bandeau Dresses
Sheath Dresses
Blouson Dresses
Tunic Dresses
Pencil Dresses
Asymmetric Dresses
Trench Dresses
Bandage Dresses
High-Low Dresses
Empire Waist Dresses
Bodycon Dresses
Skater Dresses
Maxi/Long Dresses
Midi Dresses
Mini Dresses
Kaftan Dresses
Shirt Dresses
Off Shoulder Dresses
Sweater Dresses
Tie Detail Dresses
Peplum Dresses
Party Dresses
Backless Dresses
Fringe Detail Dresses
Pop over Dresses
Baby Doll Dresses
A-line Dresses
Layered Dresses
Lace-Up Detail Dresses
Denim Dresses
Dungaree/Pinafore Dresses
Cape Dresses
Fit & Flare Dresses
Shift Dresses
Slit Dresses
Spaghetti Dresses
T-shirt Dresses
Tulle Dresses
Tuxedo Dresses
Tweed Dresses
Wrap Dresses


Year after year, doubtless find yourself the footwear as the seasons change.

So simple, yet so essential, the white shirt is the foundation of any wardrobe. It’s also the most multi-functional item, taking you from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons. It doesn’t matter what style – fitted, boyfriend etc – or even what fabric from silk to heavy cotton – go with whatever suits your personal style best.


We have Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel to thank for the popularity of the Breton striped top, or marini’re as it is traditionally called. The white and navy-striped style was originally worn by all French navy seamen in Brittany.

There was a time in the industry, not too long ago, when it seemed that the high fashion world was using plus size models as a headline-grabbing gimmick see the groundbreaking Italian Vogue cover featuring Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, and Robyn Lawley in June 2011.

Related: Pirelli Calendar Gets Its First Plus-Size Model

Velvet blue is the best blue.

There was that beautiful Italian Vogue story, and the girls that were in that ended up doing really well the classic lace-up shoe is a true.

I feel like for a minute, it was starting to feel like this plus size I’m not skinny enough to be with the skinny girls really was a trend.

That it was Dalbesio says to banish one shoe that will do its very hardest worked with, so that is really intimidating.

Fashion’s a difficult game because everyone wants to be cool in fashion.

Now, Dalbesio is a bit more hopeful about size in the modeling industry. “I’m in the middle,” she says. I’m not skinny enough to be with the skinny girls and I’m not large enough to be with the large girls and I haven’t been able to find my place. She hedges, I don’t know about that runway though, that’s going to be a hard one to tackle.

My pieces aren’t shy. It’s about full-on glamour

A Julien Macdonald customer doesn’t sit in the corner of a room, she is the room – she’s the host,” the designer laughed when we met him yesterday afternoon to see the range for the first time. “My pieces aren’t shy. It is full-on, cocktail, red-carpet glamour.

You don’t necessarily wear them to the supermarket on a Saturday morning with the kids, but with my jewellery they probably will.”

Watch Macdonald present the collection on QVC on November 23.

Cue a collection of high-wattage necklaces, adorned with nugget and pav crystals, wild-cat cocktail rings, abstract drop earrings, and spectacular statement chokers, inspired by the flora and fauna of safari.

I love safari and I’ve been a few times. I take a lot of inspiration from it because you’re so close to all the wild cats, so I wanted to incorporate that, but my kind of animal – she’s more bionic.

The pieces are very modern because I like jewellery pieces that you can talk about. I don’t see the point in jewellery being tiny and small. I like over-the-top things.


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