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A Dress to Rebuild Your Work Wardrobe

A Dress to Rebuild Your Work Wardrobe

Getting dressed for work is hard enough, but getting dressed in the heat of the summer after living in elastic waist pants for a year is a whole other situation. To make matters worse, if you’ve tried to shop recently, you know what’s out there is nothing but prairie-inspired styles covered in busy prints and ruffles. 

Not exactly office-appropriate. 

So as I was sorting through some new arrivals at Ann Taylor, I landed on this navy square neck sheath dress, which feels like 2019 in the best way possible. A throwback of sorts before waist-up dressing became the norm. It’s just the thing if you’re struggling with rebuilding your professional wardrobe, and it’s on sale for only $75. 

Ann Taylor makes lovely workwear, and they are continuing to expand their size range, offering many items in regular, petite, and tall. 

A Dress to Rebuild Your Work Wardrobe 

NAvy Dress, Tan leather bag, Tan ankle strap sandals, navy polka dot scarf, and resin hoop earrings



Square Neck Sheath Dress, $75 | Ankle Strap Sandal, $84 Resin Hoop Earrings, $48|Large Leather Tote, $298 |Scarf, $48 

Dresses are my favorite way to dress professionally. You always look appropriate, and it takes seconds to get out the door. Just zip up and go. This dress is made from what they call a seasonless stretch, which means you can wear it year-round. Go bare-legged in the warm months and add a tight in the winter. 

Having updated basics on hand will help elevate the dress, so it looks modern. Here, I’m using a neutral ankle strap sandal from Nine West, but you can wear any neutral-to-you summer heel. 

For accessories, I am in love with these tortoise resin hoop earrings from Vince Camuto at Nordstrom (under $50). They are oversized, so limit your other jewelry and let these standout. 

If you need a summer work tote, this Kate Spade option is beautiful. It’s simple, hardware and logo free (always a plus) and goes with everything. For an extra wink of style, I included a navy polka dot scarf that I would tie on the hand of the tote. 

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A Dress to Rebuild Your Work Wardrobe

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Saturday 26th of June 2021

I bought this navy square neck dress from Ann Taylor after reading your comments about it. It feels good on, looks very polished and I look forward to wearing it. Thank you so much for telling your readers about it!


Wednesday 16th of June 2021

i thought i was crazy because all i seem to be able to find right now is the prairie inspired dresses and shirts! i'm glad it isn't just me!

now, to find other options.

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