The best office dresses have a place in every wardrobe, whether you’re commuting into the office, working remotely, or meeting clients and colleagues on the go. Between meetings, project pitches, and interviews with your boss or team members, a dressy dress will always rank among your business attire; even better if it reflects your personal style.
Start with a simple shirt crafted from cotton poplin. Then come the colder months, a leather midi dress can surprise you with its professionalism. Likewise, classic wrap silhouettes pair great with heels, boots and loafers, from trendy loafers to pretty Mary Janes.
For an ultra-dressed look, cut out the splits and tailor-made accessories and look for belted dresses with a bit of structure and style. An iconic prepped polo collar (paired with loafers) is definitely the final finish. If your dress code is lenient, knit dresses and prints, from stripes to florals to abstract prints, win big. And never forget the classic overcoat to add sophistication with a feminine touch.
Regardless of your taste or work environment, you’re sure to find a few highlights in your next edit of the best office dresses.
Midi dresses reach the pinnacle of sophistication and are suitable for the job. Modernize your outfit with pleated sleeves and puff sleeves, like from Vince and Sea. Or embrace the fall trend that accentuates the waist with Frame’s set of green Kelly numbers. Of course, ties and glossy shirts never go out of style in pretty noir or floral prints.
The shirts are absolutely iconic, becoming popular in the 60s and featured in many office dress collections. So refresh your portfolio with versions made in denim or velvet, like those by Polo Ralph Lauren and Cos. Or, look for nuanced details like pleats and asymmetrical patterns, as the styles of Jonathan Simkhai and Another Tomorrow offer.
A wardrobe staple from the ’30s and ’40s, the wrap dress is quintessential to the job, from silk and knit iterations (DVF and Dries Van Noten’s versions are the epitome of it) to fun colors and prints like Victoria Beckham, Staud and Rebecca Taylor have masterfully finished creating.
Knitted skirts really work in the workplace. Focus on longer lengths, higher necklines, and elegant details like pleated skirts or smart collars — check out: Mango’s flowing gray midi shirt or Christopher John’s colorful striped style Rodger. However, the off-the-shoulder versions in polo and tennis skirts are great for work in longer lengths, including Self-Portrait’s button-decorated cream design with contrasting piping.
A dress with straps not only enhances your figure beautifully, but also gives structure to your look. Options run the gamut, from gadget-inspired designs like the hit versions of Fendi and Sacai to bold shoulders to silhouettes with hooded sleeves, like those from Maje and Prada.