One of the most versatile pieces of clothing is the dress. Transitional dresses, those that can go from work to play, should be a wardrobe staple. Whether the dresses are for work, for special events like a wedding, or for wearing on a warm summer day, the following transitional dresses can be dressed up or down with accessories like jewelry, purses, and shoes:

1. Maxi dress
Maxi dresses are a true spring and summer staple. While it’s true that many maxi dresses run on the casual side, it’s absolutely possible to dress them up for work. Adding a belt, a blazer or sweater over the top can make a huge difference. Add work-friendly accessories and you’ll be good to go. When shopping for maxi dresses, you’ll find that there are a wide variety of options, from sleeveless to sleeves, and brightly colored or more neutral tones. In general, maxi dresses are quite long. If you’re petite and are afraid that they will be too long for you, look at the petite section of stores and you should find plenty of options.

2. Shift dress
A classic shift dress is perfect for the workplace, as well as for after-work cocktails. It’s a common style for wearing to work. Make it casual for after work by adding cute flats, statement earrings, and a casual hairstyle. Shift dresses can have retro appeal so feel free to add retro accessories.

3. A-Line dress
Try an A-line dress for a flirty, classic, transitional dress style. They tend to hug the waist and flare outwards. A-line dresses are usually around knee-length so they are fine for the office. This style of dress is suitable for wearing to baby showers, weekend brunches, and other social activities as well.

4. Little black dress
Most women know that a little black dress is a staple dress that every woman should have in their wardrobe. This dress style is extremely transitional. Adding a pearl necklace and earrings can make the black dress into a perfect option for an upscale dinner. Black dresses can also be paired with tights and boots to create a perfect fall and winter outfit.

5. Wrap dress
Another terrific wardrobe piece is the classic wrap dress. Women should also stock up on wrap dresses as they are perfect for wearing to the office. Create your perfect work wardrobe by purchasing some in fun patterns. This also allows you the option to wear it after work. When wearing wrap dresses to work, consider adding a light camisole underneath to keep things work-friendly. Wearing wrap dresses as a summer dress is also an excellent option as they tend to be lightweight and perfect with sandals and wedges.