28 best work dresses for any office

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The way we commute to work has transformed over the past two years, to say the least, as have dress codes in the office. Classic suit ensembles and shift dresses are always solid choices for in-person interviews and company-wide meetings (if and when they’re on your schedule). But the best work dresses mix classic 9-to-5 uniforms with some fashion-worthy updates. If your workplace is more formal, a button-down shirt dress brings the same tailored ease to your office wardrobe as your favorite matching ensembles. For more creative environments, bold florals and dramatic puff sleeves are on your side. Then there are silhouettes that deserve 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 wonder what you’re wearing. And when you’re confident in what you’re wearing, you’ll be all the more prepared for the weeks ahead. Find the 28 best work dresses to wear in any office, whether virtual or in person.

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Best Shirt Dress

Poplin shirt dress with rolled up sleeves

A reliable shirt dress is as essential to a good capsule wardrobe as a blazer or high-waisted pants. Tibi’s short-sleeved outfit is the best place to start, whether in this neutral khaki or bright turquoise.

Best Shirt Dress

Poplin shirt dress

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

Best Shirt Dress

Audley Pleated Shirt Dress

You don’t have to wish your favorite white buttonhole was in dress form. Erdem made it possible, with a feminine A-line skirt.

Best Shirt Dress

Tomia buttoned dress

Step out of cotton poplin with a structured denim shirt dress.

Best floral dress

Pomegranate Pleated V-Neck Dress

Whether in dark moody prints or sunny watercolors, floral dresses are always part of our workwear ranges. To feel more uniform in workwear than garden party attire, look for silhouettes with longer skirts and smaller-scale prints. For starters, the pleated skirt and keyhole neckline of this Vince dress are a real moment of maturity.

Best floral dress

The Storyteller Ruffled Dress

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

Best floral dress

Lucile crepe de chine dress

Bold dressers, this crepe dress is made for you. The vibrant floral print is an asset to Zoom meetings and in-person stand-ups, and these three-quarter sleeves are perfect for spring.

Best floral dress

Fluid dress

Looking for a last minute job interview look? Grab this wallpaper floral print dress under $50.

Best Puff Sleeve Dress

Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

White Label Proenza Schouler

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

Best Puff Sleeve Dress

Harmony polka-dot cloqué dress

We can imagine that flowing puff sleeve dress at so many meetings…

Best Puff Sleeve Dress

Amaya puff-sleeve smocked midi dress

Yes, you can think pink at work. We love the look of this bubblegum dress with a white pointy toe boot.

Best Puff Sleeve Dress

Gemma dress

We’re all about the poplin sleeve layering effect of this Tanya Taylor dress.

Best Wrap Dress

Phoenix Mesh Wrap Midi Dress

No day dress rotation is complete without at least one wrap, in bright prints or solid hues. Start your collection with DVF’s iconic silhouette, they basically invented the category.

Best Wrap Dress

Lyocell dress

Between the sunny yellow and the flared slit sleeves, this wrap dress will start a lot of cooler conversations (in the best way).

Best Wrap Dress

Tiffany organic dress

Leave it to Mara Hoffman to create an ethically produced, size-inclusive wrap dress.

Best Wrap Dress

The Saunders dress

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

Best Knit Dress

Ruffle Sleeve Knit Dress

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

Best Knit Dress

Em cotton-blend and waffle-knit dress

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

Best Knit Dress

The Tippy dress

This knit midi pairs neutral tones with a bold plaid print for a boardroom-worthy effect.

Best Knit Dress

Long striped dress

The boost of confidence you need before a big meeting awaits you in these cheerful stripes.

Best Shift Dress

Embroidered shift dress

Shift dresses are a true workwear staple, with sleek lines and versatile shades that fit into any wardrobe. (They’re especially good for offices with more conservative dress codes.) Switching up the theory with contrast stitching is a great place to start.

Best Shift Dress

Checked tweed dress

For work, this 60s shift dress is perfect with loafers and a light sweater. For the game, it’s night with a pair of white knee-high boots.

Best Shift Dress

Buckle Front Apron Dress

Three words that make this apron dress the hero of your work wardrobe: it has pockets.

Best Shift Dress

Shift dress with pearl details

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

Best Sweater Dress

Cashmere dress with ruffled shoulders

Swimsuits and spaghetti straps may be a priority as spring approaches, but there are still a few weeks before it really heats up outside. Also, office air conditioning is notoriously mean to women. Make sure your work wardrobe includes at least one sweater dress to deal with the chilly temperatures inside and outside the office. Mid-length hems and fun details like sashes or puff sleeves make these dresses chic and comfy.

Best Sweater Dress

Sweater dress with collar

Best Sweater Dress

Rib knit midi dress

Solid, elegant and under $120? This versatile sweater dress will be your transitional work wardrobe saviour.

Best Sweater Dress

Ruffled midi dress

Here is a sweater dress that is breathable enough for the summer, but comfortable for the winter. Opt for sneakers or heeled sandals on the warmer days, then wear tights, boots and maybe a bodysuit when the temperatures drop again.

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