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Wear to Work Outfit Inspiration: Tie Waist Dress

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Wear to Work: Tie Waist Dress

A dress for work is ideal since it’s one step dressing that looks like you put in so much more effort. I tend to lead toward structured sheath dresses for the office, but I adore this soft and flowy tie waisted option. Today’s look feels a bit but reads more fresh and modern than costumey.

Wear to Work: Tie Waist Dress

Dress, $159|  Heels, $248  |  Bag, $25  |  Earrings, $70  |  Bracelet, $90


This dress from Ann Taylor is wonderfully modest. I also like this plaid dress in even more size options. So many dresses these days just cover your bottom, our go down to your belly button, or both – and these are supposed to be for work?  To keep this from looking frumpy, you want it to fit in a way that skims your body, and have it hemmed to very top of your knee.

Because dresses are so simple, you need minimal accessories.  For shoes, I went with these burgundy suede pumps.  Yes, you could do black, a nude-to-you, or even cognac.  I like how burgundy blends with the dress without matching, and the suede keeps it seasonally appropriate and adds some extra texture.

I found this $25 crossbody bag that is both structured and feminine.  It’s a nice size, and while you can’t keep your laptop in it, it will fit everything else you need to carry.

For jewelry, you could do either a necklace or earrings.  I went with oversized earrings that are thin, so you could still pull them off in the office.  Rose gold is a softer option than traditional yellow gold and goes with the overall feminine feel of the outfit. Because rose gold is a specific color, I included this set of 3 bracelets also by Kendra Scott to balance out the look.

Plus size?  Not a total match but this Michael Kors dress has a similar shape, feel and price.

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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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