PREPARING to go back into the office after months of working in your PJs? A versatile, easy-to-wear dress is the perfect way to give your work wardrobe a boost.
The best work dresses make getting ready in the morning a breeze. There’s no wondering what top goes with what trouser: just throw on a no-fuss frock, grab your accessories and you’ll look instantly polished and put together.
Heading into the new season is a great time to shop for new work dresses—the LBD is a classic transitional piece that can be worn on its own now and layered as autumn approaches. Breathable, comfortable fabrics are a must for stuffy commutes too: think less formal and restrictive, and more smart and chic.
Trend-wise, the AW20 shows back in March brought some standout looks for the season, with voluminous sleeves, checks, fringing, red dresses and head-to-toe black all being key trends you can work into your office wardrobe.
Meanwhile, if you’re still working from home, dressing ‘for the office’ is a must for separating work and home life; choose dresses you can sit comfortably in, which still look and feel like smarter versions of your ordinary daywear.
Check out our selection below to get your work dresses on track for the new season.
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1. Best shirt dress for work: Find’s Midi Length Shirt Dress
- (AD) Amazon Brand Find Women’s Midi Length Shirt Dress, from £9.98 from Amazon – buy here
Effortlessly chic and smart, the shirt dress is a must for work—especially in classic black.
This belted version by Amazon brand, Find, comes in at midi length, with long sleeves and button-up fastening that can definitely be worn a little lower come evening.
It’s a great all-seasons dress too, with one reviewer calling it the ‘perfect work dress with tights and boots in winter’ as well as with ‘sleeves rolled up with white trainers in spring/autumn.’
2. Best red dress for work: French Connection’s Boh Whisper Business Casual Dress
- (AD) French Connection Women’s Boh Whisper Business Casual Dress, from £49.99 from Amazon – buy here
Right, let’s get all the lady in red/Chris de Burgh references out of the way because the red dress is going to be massive this autumn/winter.
From Valentino to Bottega Veneta, bold and fiery dresses stormed down the AW20 runways, and while there was a LOT of sparkle and glitz involved— it’s a trend that can work just as well for work, as this chic French Connection number proves.
Featuring a covered button corset and a concealed back zip fastening, it’s a shift that works exceedingly well worn from the office and straight to post-work cocktails.
3. Best printed dress for work: Mango’s Ethnic Print Dress
- Ethnic print dress, £59.99 from Mango – buy here
Bold print: check. Voluminous sleeves: check. Looks great with boots: check. What’s not to love about Mango’s ethnic print dress?
This is a really stylish and sophisticated option for work, while the flowy fabric and flared design makes it flattering and comfy too—ideal for being able to get on with your work instead of feeling self-conscious and tugging at your hemline. We like very much.
4. Best check dress for work: Warehouse’s Check Shirt Dress
- Check Shirt Dress, £45.50 (was £65) from Warehouse – buy here
Checks are a big trend this season—and never fail to look stylish in a work setting.
We’re loving this check dress by Warehouse, which is perfect for refreshing your work wardrobe. With a smart collar and button-up fastening, this midi style nips in at the waist with a belt which gives it a really flattering shape.
Pair it with a low heel for work and grunge it up with a pair of chunky boots at the weekend.
5. Best pleated dress for work: Mango’s Geometric Print Midi Dress
- Geometric print midi dress, £69.99 from mango – buy here
Midi dresses with pleated skirts are such a strong choice for work: the free-flowing style is perfectly comfortable for being seated at a desk while still looking glam.
Mango has created a beauty here, with a bold geometric design that will add dimension to your workwear. We can just imagine it worn with a pair of white plimsolls too for a more casual feel at the weekend. Perfect!
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