The Perfect Dress: An MVP In Your Closet

I have a theory; every woman needs a collection of MVP’s in her closet. Pieces that work every time without fail, and the most important of all is your MVP dress. This is the dress that is always there for you in a pinch, you can dress it up or dress it down, and it looks good day or night. Here’s the kicker; it’s not necessarily a little black dress.

The truth is, as much as I love the LBD it’s not the right fit for everyone, including me. I don’t go to many cocktail parties, most of my client meetings are at Starbucks, and I don’t travel first class, so for the most part they just collect dust at the back of my closet. However, I do hang out on the playground, work from my home office, and run errands in my MVP dress; a printed orange sun dress.

Pink Chai Style dot Com

I’ve had this dress for about 3 years now and have worn it to both casual and formal events, and gotten compliments every time. The reason it works for me is; it’s colourful, easy to wash at home, and is the best fit for me because I’m self-conscious of my hips.

Pink Chai Style dot Com


When you are selecting the perfect go-to dress for your closet, really evaluate your lifestyle. Just because something looks beautiful on a mannequin or fits you well, it doesn’t mean it’s going to fit well into your wardrobe. The MVP dress needs to transition seamlessly across all the parts of your life. And when you find the perfect dress, go ahead a splurge a little because you are going to wear it so much. Or, you might get lucky and find your MVP for only $10 like I did!

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Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.