A day dress is a versatile piece of clothing for a woman's wardrobe. It is simply a dress intended to be worn during the day; i.e., not a cocktail dress or an evening gown, which are intended for fancy events in the evening. Day dresses are excellent clothing choices for many occasions, and can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the event and time of day.
The first indication of a day dress is length. Though this is not always the case, the dress is often approximately knee length; it may be shorter or longer, but knee length is a versatile length that looks good with heels, flats, or even boots. The dress may be sleeveless or strapless, or it may have sleeves. Day dresses that are sleeveless or strapless are typically a bit dressier than those with sleeves that cover the shoulders. This type of dress may be made out of any type of clothing material, and found in any imaginable pattern.
Typically, this type of dress is one that might be worn in the workplace. A dress for the workplace will have sleeves, and will look professional. It will typically be worn with flats, though heels are of course appropriate for the workplace as well. These dresses may also be worn on the weekend; some are made with soft, comfortable cotton, and are particularly nice to wear when running errands on warm summer days.
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A fancier type of dress may be worn for a morning or afternoon wedding. This dress might be designed in a slightly longer length known as tea-length, meaning that it falls between the knees and the ankles. In this case, the dress may or may not have sleeves. Of course, some day dresses are shorter, and may go above the knee. It is completely a matter of personal preference, as well as the appropriateness of the length in reference to the location where the dress will be worn.
There are many ways to make a day dress a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn from morning until evening. For instance, if one wants to wear this type of dress to work, it may be worn with flats and a cardigan and some simple accessories. To go straight from work to a fancy dinner, it may just be necessary to put on some heels, take off the cardigan, and add some bigger accessories, or some fancier makeup. Every woman should have a day dress or two in her closet.