The Classic Wardrobe Staple Every Woman Should Own

Ever since I can remember I’ve gravitated toward dresses over anything else. There is something so classic and feminine about styling a simple silhouette. I have always been a girly-girl at heart; dressing up in tutus, sequins, and pink whenever possible. So, it should come as no surprise that over half of my closet is made up of dresses. From basic to extravagant, I love them all.

There’s 1 dress in particular that I believe every woman should own, no matter what her job/style preference/age/etc. is, and that is a classic, neutral-colored mini dress. My ideal dress is just a touch above the knees, high neck, and not too tight.

If you’ve been following along for a while now (or even just peeked at my Instagram), you know that I go absolutely crazy over anything in blush pink. However, the slightly more neutral cross between pink and nude is quickly becoming a new favorite of mine as it is timeless and appropriate for any occasion.

Checking off the criteria above allows a piece like my “Emily” dress by Gallagher to remain versatile so that it can transition from day to night and office to cocktail party without hesitation.

If you have ever considered building a minimalist wardrobe or capsule collection, a classic, neutral-colored mini dress would be my #1 recommended piece to start with. There are truly an infinite number of ways that you can style it.

For a chilly weekend morning in Spring (pictured here), I love to pair my Emily dress with a faux fur cropped cardigan in light pink, and my classic nude pointed toe pumps.

A few other ways you can style this piece -

Relaxed day exploring your town: flat or wedged espadrilles and a white jean jacket

Day in the office: black cardigan with a solid thin belt at the waist and pointed toe pumps

Wedding guest or date night: bold red lip with a flowy cream shawl and open toe heels

The two sisters behind the brand, Gallagher, and this gorgeous dress, “The Emily”, are changing the garment industry for the kinder. Born out of a love for dresses, Gallagher is committed to sustainably sourcing and ethically producing every piece to last in your closet.

The Gallagher Gals are truly a one-of-a-kind team in this typically fast-fashion industry. They have 3 signature dress styles and an option for either a gathered or flared skirt. Each dress is made to order and crafted by hand locally in Virginia.

The dress that I fell in love with within seconds as I stumbled upon the Gallagher Instagram feed was “The Emily”. I loved the timeless silhouette, the color “Fawn”, and the understated bow in the back.

p.s. They even have a quick tutorial on their Instagram highlights demonstrating how to tie the perfect bow!

Shop my dress and read more about the incredible women behind Gallagher now! (CLICK HERE)

What is your must-have closet staple for Spring? Tag me in your latest OOTD, or comment on my latest Instagram post and tell me!

Want more style inspiration? Read Finding and Styling the Perfect White Jean Jacket and Colorful Tweed for Spring.

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xo Anna Elizabeth

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