The 5 Dress Trends That Work for Every Age, According to a 64- and 26-Year-Old

Susan Feldman is the co-founder of One Kings Lane and In the Groove, a style destination where she shares her age-defying outfits and shopping tips. Feldman is also our resident style expert here at Who What Wear, and she’s shared everything from her top spring shopping picks to the style mistakes she won’t repeat. Today, we’ve tapped her to discuss dresses—specifically, the dress trends that work for every age, according to both her and me.

 I love this time of year. Everything is starting to bloom, the days are getting longer, and the chill is slowly going away. Spring always comes along just when we need some cheering up. And this year we need more cheering up than usual after a long pandemic-filled twelve months. Well, the hibernation’s almost over, and just like spring, I’m taking this opportunity to blossom sartorially. It’s time to shed your sweats and throw on some gorgeous dresses

One pandemic style tip I’m taking with me in the future? I want to be comfortable. Easy dresses are a perfect way to transition out of athleisure and loungewear. The other great thing is how versatile they are—you can dress them up, down, and wear them all around town. And we will be going out in the near future. 

All of the styles below will look great on any woman, at any age.

First up: the shirt dress. It’s my go-to because you can wear it so many wears. Belted, not belted, and (my favorite way) open over a pair of jeans.

It’s a whole outfit in one piece! Just throw it on, add a pair of sneakers or sandals and you’re good to go. Maybe add a hat if you’re feeling sassy.

I started wearing this silhouette many moons ago because it was so flattering. And you know what? It still is! It’s a classic for a reason. The wrap dress shows off the parts I want to show off and hides the rest, cinching in at my waist and camouflagingthe rest.

I don’t like my dresses too short, but if you can rock it then go for it. These are perfect for those hot days when just the thought of getting dressed makes you sweat. I wear them as bathing suit coverups, too.

Tank dresses are a layering superstar. You can wear it with a sweater or blazer over, which comes in handy when you’re running in and out of air conditioning.

Next up, find out which three items Susan is retiring from her closet in 2021 (and what stays).