Winter is on its way out and it’s about time for a spring refresh - that includes your work wardrobe. Time to stock up on cute yet professional work dresses that give you that clean, classy, corporate look during office hours. Style isn’t just for casual wear so don’t leave all your cute styles just for the weekend; refresh your workweek fashion so you can rock a classy, working girl vibe 5 days a week before switching to diva on the weekends.
If your workplace is about as casual as a New York law firm like the one in the show ‘Suits’ ( a.k.a. not at ALL casual) that means you get to rock the most killer corporate classic combos out there! The guys get to have their fancy three piece suits, leather shoes, shiny cufflinks and flashy watches; so you can step it up with chic, elegant dresses for the corporate workplace. A great option is a fitted midi bodycon dress with quarter length sleeves featuring fashionably muted colors like beiges, taupes, black and white. The formed fit is where you get to have a bit of an edge while the colors downplay the look and keep it serious. Pair it with some sky-high power pumps and SLAY as you enter the boardroom. Shift dresses are another office-appropriate wardrobe choice that will have HR loving you AND have your co-workers asking you where you got that dress. It’s loose fitting and very comfortable; the fit is demure so you get to play it up with edgier shoes and accessories. Pair it with a dark button-up suit jacket, long sleeve or quarter length, or any other structured outerwear for a completely corporate classic look.
Business Casual Chic
Not all offices are the same and others are a little less strict. If your work environment is more of a slacks and blouse or a dark jean, button up office shirt place, there are plenty of business casual clothing and cute dresses for work that can have you looking like the fashionista you are everyday of the workweek. A sleeveless shift dress and a dark jean jacket paired with flats can have you looking effortlessly professional yet cool. It says “I’m ahead of schedule and my reports are in your inbox already,” but it also says “let’s get drinks at happy hour later!” If you’re in more of a pants suit mood, you can keep your outer layers toned down with neutral, solid colors like black, grey or beige and add a pop of color underneath with a red, yellow, pink or floral printed blouse to show that you are professional but also have a personality underneath all those serious outer layers.
Whether your office is strict with the dress code or whether it’s a little more laid back, we can always count on casual Fridays to let our hair down and rock some easy breezy casual wear. Depending on how casual your work environment is, you could just switch to full on weekend mode and rock a floral printed dress with fun colors; add casual dresses for women to your wardrobe for casual Fridays and company outings that are fun yet still work appropriate. If it’s still a little more formal than vibrant floral prints and fun colors, then your casual work clothes could be a combo of a structured pencil skirt paired with a looser, more breezy or low-cut blouse that can transition you seamlessly from 9 am at your desk to 5 pm at the bar, holding a martini and laughing about almost attaching the latest meme to your email instead of the pdf of your reports.