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28 Best Work Dresses for Any Office

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The way we head to work has transformed over the past two years, to say the least, and so have office dress codes. Classic suit sets and shift dresses are still solid choices for in-person interviews and company-wide meetings (if and when they’re on your calendar). But the best work dresses blend classic 9-to-5 uniforms with a few fashion-worthy updates. If your workplace leans more formal, a button-down shirt dress brings the same tailored ease to your office wardrobe as your favorite matching sets. For more creative environments, bold florals and dramatic puff sleeves are on your side. Then there are silhouettes deserving of capsule wardrobe status, from DVF wrap dresses to embellished sheaths.

While other big questions about the future of commuting remain unanswered, you won’t have to question what you’re wearing. And when you’re confident in what you’re wearing, you’ll be that much more prepared to own the weeks ahead. Find the 28 best work dresses to wear to any office—be it virtual or in-person.

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Best Shirt Dress

Poplin Rolled Sleeve Shirtdress

A reliable shirt dress is as central to a good capsule wardrobe as a blazer or high-waist trouser. Tibi’s short-sleeve take is the best place to start, whether in this neutral khaki or brilliant turquoise.

Best Shirt Dress

Poplin Shirtdress

If you’re searching for a shirt dress in extended sizes, Pari Passu’s is a must for wherever the workweek takes you.

Best Shirt Dress

Audley Pleated Shirt Dress

You don’t have to wish your favorite white button-down came in dress form. Erdem made it possible, with a ladylike A-line skirt.

Best Shirt Dress

Tomia Button-Down Dress

Branch out from cotton poplins with a structured denim shirt-dress.

Best Floral Dress

Pomegranate Pleated V-Neck Dress

Whether in dark, moody prints or sun-soaked watercolors, floral dresses are always part of our workwear lineups. To feel more workwear uniform than garden party outfit, look for silhouettes with longer skirts and smaller-scale prints. For starters, this Vince dress’s pleated skirt and keyhole neckline make for a truly mature moment.

Best Floral Dress

The Storyteller Tiered Dress

The Great’s tiered floral dress skews more feminine, but still appropriate for your 9-to-5.

Best Floral Dress

Lucile Crepe de Chine Dress

Bold dressers, this crepe dress is for you. The vibrant floral print is a standout for Zoom meetings and in-person stand-ups alike—and those three-quarter sleeves are ideal for spring.

Best Floral Dress

Flowy Dress

Searching for a last-minute job interview look? Grab this wallpaper floral print dress that’s under $50.

Best Puff Sleeve Dress

Puff-sleeve Midi Dress

Proenza Schouler White Label

Who said work dresses can’t have a little drama? If you’re wondering how to add more flair to your office wardrobe, puff sleeves dresses are the answer.

Best Puff Sleeve Dress

Harmony Dot Cloqué Dress

We can picture this flowing puff-sleeve dress at so many meetings…

Best Puff Sleeve Dress

Amaya Smocked Puff-Sleeve Midi-Dress

Yes, you can think pink in the workplace. We’d love the look of this bubblegum dress with a pointy-toe white boot.

Best Puff Sleeve Dress

Gemma Dress

We’re all-in on the layering effect from this Tanya Taylor dress’s poplin sleeves.

Best Wrap Dress

Phoenix Mesh Midi Wrap Dress

No rotation of day dresses is complete without at least one wrap, in bright prints or solid shades. Start your collection with DVF’s iconic silhouette—she basically invented the category.

Best Wrap Dress

Lyocell Dress

Between the sunny yellow and the split-flare sleeves, this wrap dress will start so many water cooler conversations (in the best way).

Best Wrap Dress

Tiffany Organic Dress

Leave it to Mara Hoffman to create a wrap dress that’s ethically-produced and size-inclusive.

Best Wrap Dress

The Saunders Dress

Christy Dawn’s gingham print is pure spring. You can keep it sweet with a heeled sandal or go bold with a chunky boot.

Best Knit Dress

Flounce Sleeve Knit Dress

You can keep the ease of your favorite loungewear in your work wardrobe even if you’re back in a cubicle (or open-air office). Knit dresses with below-the-knee hemlines, like this striped number by Adam Lippes, are both office appropriate and extremely comfortable.

Best Knit Dress

Em Waffle Knit Cotton Blend Dress

Fashion insiders’ favorite knit pant designer also makes a perfect sweater dress. All it needs for the office is a pair of slingback kitten heels.

Best Knit Dress

The Tippy Dress

This knit midi blends neutral tones and a bold check print to boardroom-appropriate effect.

Best Knit Dress

Striped Maxi Dress

The confidence boost you need before a big meeting is waiting in these cheerful stripes.

Best Shift Dress

Embroidered Shift Dress

Shift dresses are a true workwear staple, with elegant lines and versatile shades that fit into any wardrobe. (They’re especially great for offices with more conservative dress codes.) Theory’s shift with contrasting stitching is a great place to start.

Best Shift Dress

Check Tweed Dress

For work, this ’60s shift dress is all business with loafers and a light sweater. For play, it’s nighttime-appropriate with a pair of knee-high white boots.

Best Shift Dress

Buckle-front Apron Dress

Three words that turn this apron dress into your work wardrobe hero: It has pockets.

Best Shift Dress

Pearl Detail Shift Dress

Tiny pearls, big impact. We’ll never say no to a delicate embellishment moment.

Best Sweater Dress

Ruffled-shoulder Cashmere Dress

Swimwear and spaghetti straps may be top-of-mind heading into spring, but there’s still a few weeks before it truly warms up outside. Plus, office AC is notoriously unkind to women. Make sure your work wardrobe includes at least one sweater dress to contend with chilly temps inside and outside of the office. Midi-hemlines plus fun details like belts or balloon sleeves keep these dresses chic and comfortable.

Best Sweater Dress

Collared Sweater-dress

Best Sweater Dress

Rib Knit Midi Dress

Solid, sleek, and less than $120? This versatile sweater dress will be your transitional work wardrobe savior.

Best Sweater Dress

Tiered Midi Dress

Here’s a sweater dress that’s breathable enough for summer, yet cozy for winter wear. Opt for sneakers or heeled sandals on warmer days, then wear tights, boots, and maybe a bodysuit when temperatures drop again.

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