Q&A Thursday: Best Work Dresses


This weeks question comes from Aditi:

I find dresses so easy to wear in the spring and summer. Can you give me some dress recommendations for work and casual wear?

Dresses for work are genius. Unless you are in a seriously business professional office, required to wear traditional suits every day, a dress can often be your best bet. They rest in this lovely place where you can sit across from someone in a formal suit or casual separates and look perfectly pulled together.

Be aware of the length of the dress. Your professionalism can be killed by your hemline, regardless of the style or brand.  Avoid large patterns in bold colors, they will not look as sophisticated, especially if you are in a more conservative office.  Instead, put your personality into accessories.

To make this comprehensive, we broke down the best dresses of the season from our favorite stores and brands:

The Limited Work Dresses1. Glossy Lightweight Dress, $35 (Missy, Tall, Petite, 0 – 16); 2. Colorblock Sheath, $75 (Missy, 0- 16) 3. Peplum Sheath Dress, $59 (Missy, Petite, Tall, 0-18)

Ann Taylor Work Dresses1. Seamed Flare Dress, $139 (Missy 0 -18); 2. Rounded Hem Shift Dress, $129 (Missy, 0 -18); 3. Mixed Stripe Knit Dress, $129 (Missy 00 – 18)

Nordstrom Work Dresses1. Tahari Seamed A-Line Dress, $128 (Missy & Petite, 2 – 16); 2. FELICITY & COCO Seamed Pencil Dress, $98, available in 10 colors (Missy & Petite, xs – xl); 3. NYDJ ‘Veronica’ Print Side Tie Sheath, $148 (Missy 2 -16)

Nordstrom Plus Work Dresses1. Mynt 1792 Studded Structered Ponte Sheath Dress, $182 (sizes 12-26); 2. Ellen Tracy Piped Seamed Sheath, $150 (sizes 14-24); 3. Calvin Klein Colorblock Sheath, $128 (sizes 14-24)

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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