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  • August 17, 2009

    Dressing for your Age: Dresses

    As you all know by now- We love dresses! They are universally chic and are one of the easiest ways we know to achieve sophisticated and professional style. We have done a video about styling vintage dresses, written countless blogs, tweets, and created unique polyvore sets. Through out all this, we haven’t discussed dresses for your age. While 20 something’s look chic in loose tunic styles, 50 something’s would prefer a more polished style. So which of these dresses is right for you?
    We Love Dresses!
    We Love Dresses! by Workchic featuring Marc by Marc Jacobs dresses

    We teamed up with Polyvore.com to answer that question. Check out our guest blogon their site to see how to create Workchic outfits with the right dress for your age. Below you can find some more dresses we love broken up by office type.

    If you are in your 20′s have fun with your work wardrobe. Play with color, pattern, and silhouette. The key to keeping it professional is staying covered up. That means no cleavage and nothing to short. Wearing a cardigan also helps complete your look.  We picked out The Tess Dress for a Casual office, the Art Gallery Dress for a Business Casual office, and New York & Company Women’s City Style Sateen Belted Ruffle Shirtdress – Auxiliary Green for a Business Professional office.

    The Tess Dress Art Gallery Dress New York & Company Women's City Style Sateen Belted Ruffle Shirtdress - Auxiliary Green

    In your 30′s you can still have fun with color, but we recommend toning down the silhouettes and go for something more fitted to counter bold colors. Select one item in your outfit to make a statement with. For a casual office we like this Darling by Day Dress in khaki and white, for a business casual office we think this Women: Silk printed wrap dress – Jade is a lot of fun,  Women: Graphic-print sheath dress – Black is ideal for a business office.

    Darling by Day Dress Women: Silk printed wrap dress - Jade Women: Graphic-print sheath dress - Black

    In your 40′s we minimized the bright colors, but did not loose them entirely. The first two dresses could be casual or business casual depending on your office environment; Robbie Bee Printed Matte Jersey Dressicon and Marc by Marc Jacobs Crepe Twill Dress.  For a business office try this Women: Lightweight wool sheath dress – Charcoal with a jacket.

    icon Hanii Y Shift Dress with Belt Women: Lightweight wool sheath dress - Charcoal

    In your 50′s keep the silhouette of your dresses sophisticated. Unique necklines draw the attention up toward your face. Wrap dresses are also key, they are the perfect place to play with pattern and even some color. Try one for your next casual day at the office, Women: Printed wrap dress – Sculpture grey. Try a Donna Morgan Belted Dressicon for business casual. For a more professional office wear a Women: Origami sheath dress – Black.

    Women: Printed wrap dress - Sculpture grey iconicon Women: Origami sheath dress - Black

    Remember dresses will make your life easy in the morning. The key to looking professional and age appropriate is color, pattern and silhouette. In your 20′s and 30′s play with color in your dresses, in your 40′s and 50′s move the pop color to your accessories. It’s always flattering to accentuate your waist and have skirts that float away from the body. You can purchase dresses that have a tied waist or add your own belt to personalize the look. Blazers and cardigans also go a long way toward completing your professional image. Put these pieces together and your image will say successful every time!

    Be sure to pop on over to Polyvore and check out our full outfit suggestions.

    View ‘Dresses’ on Polyvore

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