10 Fashion Staples You Should Own Now That You're a Mom


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Dress Up (or Down) Dress
Actress Mila Kunis wows the press in an elegant black chiffon dress by Oscar de la Renta.
Actress Mila Kunis wows the press in an elegant black chiffon dress by Oscar de la Renta.
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Forget all those little black dress clich├ęs. It really is important to own a perfectly fitting, stylish dress you can pull out of your closet at a moment's notice. Look for a dress with casual appeal for the office. And one that can dressed to the nines with drop-dead accessories for a social event. Not only should your little black (or red) dress offer this kind of duality, but it should help you look good, too.

If you're shaped a bit more like a circle than you'd like to be, thanks to a few post-baby pounds, search for a dress with an empire waist (pronounced uhm-peer). The seam will cinch right below the bosom, allowing the dress to skim the midsection. When properly fitted, it will emphasize your curves in all the right places -- a fait accompli that doesn't require months at the gym. Structured dresses like this with a fine foundational fit can go from day to evening -- and from season to season -- with just a few quick updates.

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