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These 8 flattering dresses are wardrobe essentials — and they’re all on sale at Nordstrom right now

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If you’re finally ready to stop chasing trends and start building a timeless, versatile wardrobe that doesn’t require constant updates, then start with the eight dresses below. Even if you don’t consider yourself especially feminine, dresses are a closet must-have for most people. Whether for weddings, important work meetings or Sunday services, you should always have a few good dresses to throw on when the occasion presents itself.

If all your current dresses feel outdated or don’t fit quite right, use the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as an opportunity to start building the ultimate dress collection. Not only are a bunch of the best silhouettes on sale right now, but you can wear many of these styles all year round, so investing in them is money well spent.

Before you decide to put off dress shopping, you should know that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends on July 31. Now is the time to add a few to your cart and check out while there are still lots of sizes and colors in stock. If you wait, you might miss out on scoring your new favorite dress at an incredible price.

Slip Dress: Vince Satin Midi Slipdress, $189.99 (Orig. $295)

$189.99 $295 at Nordstrom

Slinky and slimming, the slip dress is iconic. Though it may initially seem very dressy, you can easily dress it down by wearing a tee underneath or pairing it with sneakers. This Vince Satin Midi Slipdress is a best seller that you should definitely snag while it's marked down.

Sweater Dress: Julia Jordan Rib Boat Neck Long Sleeve Sweater Dress, $98.90 (Orig. $149)

$98.90 $149 at Nordstrom

You'll wear this Julia Jordan Rib Boat Neck Long Sleeve Sweater Dress a ton during the fall and winter. When the temperatures are still mild, you can rock it bare-legged. Then when it gets really frigid, just add a pair of tights.

Wrap Dress: Eliza J Print Jersey Faux Wrap Dress, $81.99 (Orig. $138)

$81.99 $138 at Nordstrom

Wrap dresses are a universally flattering silhouette that look good on literally everyone. This Eliza J Print Jersey Faux Wrap Dress has a vibrant print that will look good no matter what month you wear it.

Little Black Dress: Naked Wardrobe Sleeveless Body-Con Dress, $39.99 (Orig. $60)

$39.99 $60 at Nordstrom

When you want to turn heads without putting in too much effort, reach for a curve-hugging LBD like this Naked Wardrobe Sleeveless Body-Con Dress.

White Dress: O'Neill Alta Dot Print Open Back Minidress, $43.99 (Orig. $69.50)

$43.99 $69.50 at Nordstrom

Your summer wardrobe isn't complete without an easy, breezy white dress. This O'Neill Alta Dot Print Open Back Minidress has a stunning open back that makes it extra special.

Maxi Dress: Club Monaco Twist Front Knit Maxi Dress, $99.99 (Orig. $159.50)

$99.99 $159.50 at Nordstrom

Whether you forgot to shave your legs or want to keep warm in places with high-powered AC, you'll appreciate the extra coverage of this Club Monaco Twist Front Knit Maxi Dress. Bonus: The long black silhouette is very slimming.

Floral Print Dress: Billabong Fell For You Floral Midi Dress, $49.99 (Orig. $75.95)

$49.99 $79.95 at Nordstrom

Perfect for a graduation party, baby shower or garden wedding, a floral dress like this Billabong Fell For You Floral Midi Dress will get lots of wear during the spring and summer months.

T-Shirt Dress: Eileen Fisher Organic Cotton T-Shirt Dress, $94.99 (Orig. $148)

$94.99 $148 at Nordstrom

Busy days filled with errands call for a no-fuss T-shirt dress that's soft and comfortable. Grab this perfect Eileen Fisher Organic Cotton T-Shirt Dress while it's under $100.

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