For busy women, there's nothing easier or chicer than a dress. "On Monday mornings, I almost always grab one," says designer Tracy Reese, center, in a blue maxi ($295) that brightens her design studio. "Sportswear takes more time." Color lifts her mood ("It helps when you feel low or drab"), and she likes jersey because it's packable, flattering and comfortable. "More body types can wear a fabric that stretches and gives," says Reese. Dresses are also an excellent value; they can segue between events with a mere change of accessories: The blue, left ($275), and the red print ($275) get a slightly ethnic look from embellished belts, hoop earrings and bracelets.
Belts, Be & D. Hoop earrings, KC Designs, Me & Ro. Bracelets, Cara Croninger, Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz. Ring, Paige Novick