If there's one closet staple that completes a well-rounded wardrobe, it's the perfect party dress. It may not get as much wear time as a trusty white tee or your favorite blue jeans, but maybe that's all the more reason to make it one of your favorite pieces — every outing in it is an occasion. That's the idea behind J.Crew's new Ready-To-Party dress collection. Timeless and fun, they're the kinds of dresses that leave an impression.
The line encompasses 64 different dresses in 21 silhouettes, from neutral to bright, structured to casual. There are a couple of crop tops and matching skirts in there, too.
In true J.Crew form, there's no shortage of eyelet, seersucker, and gingham, but there are pieces that'll hang nicely in anyone's wardrobe, no matter their style. Admittedly, the brand's traditional preppy, polished aesthetic isn't typically my vibe, but this line balances that classic J.Crew look with versatile, trendy notes, too.
Prices range from $88 to $298, so they're relatively budget-friendly when it comes to getting dressed up. Whether you're a guest at a spring wedding or a summer cocktail party, the collection has something for almost every occasion. Here are nine pieces I'm lusting after.
This elegant, feminine number is more grown-up than a traditional eyelet LBD.
Now this is a red dress.
A structured, modern silhouette combined with a sweet-tea-ready fabric makes this look nothing short of garden-party chic.
This dress is easy to pack for a simple vacation staple if you're heading somewhere warm.
A soft blush shade is a new neutral, so you've got endless options when it comes to accessories and jewelry.
Dress it down with a tee or dress it up with a structured crop top. No matter what you wear, you'll feel and look like a princess.
Crop tops get a sugar-sweet treatment with this scalloped eyelet version.
And what's a cute crop top without a matching skirt? This half of the set comes in white too, but a soft blue brings in some dainty color blocking.
If you could design summer as a dress, this is it.