The Item I Wear to Death: Veronica Beard's 'Sierra' Dress

It's the perfect dress to throw on to look exceptionally put-together.

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Every week, our editors will be sharing "the item they wear to death," whether it be a basic white tee or a super-trendy jumpsuit. Prepare yourself (and your credit card) for some guilt-free shopping.

Getting dressed in the morning is always stressful for me. Nearly every day I stand in front of my closet wondering how I could possibly own nothing to wear, when there are so many things hanging there. Inevitably, I rotate through a few of the same, trusty items, one of which is Veronica Beard’s Sierra dress.

This button-up, tie-front dress is the perfect one-and-done, don’t-think-too-hard (honestly who wants to think in the morning unless it’s about coffee or The Rock?) outfit that looks cute and professional and all the right things. Because of all this, I end up wearing the Sierra dress to work at least once a week. I bought it nearly a year ago and, unfortunately, I have almost worn it to death. Actually, it’s died and I’m still wearing it regardless.

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With Sam Heughan, my mom, and Caitriona Balfe. Casual!

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When I first got this sucker it had pretty (and very flattering!) pleats across skirt where it buttoned. I held out on dry cleaning it as long as possible knowing no magically fitting garment fits quite as magically after it’s washed, but eventually I gave in (I wear it once a week, I’m not a monster!), and poof, the perfect pleats were cleaned right out of it. Nevertheless, the pleatless dress is still a life-saver on a regular basis.

Another key factor of this dress is that I’m comfortable in it—basically, I think it looks good on my bod. I have learned that Veronica Beard is a brand that fits me well—it cinches in the right places and lays neatly in all the others (also, pleats can be truly wonderful things)—so I own a second, similar VB dress that’s also a go-to: This one is sleeveless, striped, and slightly fancier, but it does the same job of giving me a boost of confidence and saving me from a morning meltdown when I pull it out of the closet. In fact, the only photos I could find of myself wearing either dress were pics I have with celebrities (#humblebrag), because both were situations where I wanted wanted to look nice.

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With my pals Nikki Ogunnaike and Lili Reinhart at New York Fashion Week.

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Also, Caitriona Balfe told me she liked my dress so...going to wear it forever!

In case I've convinced you to pick up this little number for yourself...

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Veronica Beard Sierra Dress, $450 SHOP IT


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Sally Holmes

Sally is the Editor in Chief of Marie Claire where she oversees coverage of all the things the Marie Claire reader wants to know about, including politics, beauty, fashion, and celebs. Holmes has been with Marie Claire for five years, overseeing all content for the brand’s website and social platforms. She joined Marie Claire from, where she worked for four years, first as Senior Editor running all news content and finally as Executive Editor. Before that, Sally was at's the Cut and graduated with an English major from Boston College.