Neutral, office-appropriate dresses are an excellent wardrobe staple for the busy professional. Not only are they versatile, but they are also polished, comfortable, and stylish. Fortunately, dresses don’t have to be boring, solid expanses of material without any personal touches. In fact, they can be the perfect blank canvases just waiting for the right accompaniments.
Below, we have several helpful hints to help sport your frocks in style all week long.
The slimming properties of a peplum dress, according to MarieClaire.com, are always a welcome addition in a woman’s closet. The black Dikyong peplum waist dress from Hugo Boss (pictured above) already has several pretty details while still remaining office appropriate.
Pair this piece with black pumps and your favorite structured handbag, but incorporate a few other items to really take this dress to the next level. A statement necklace in the right material (think pearls or metals and nothing over the top) along with a simple bracelet would be just right.
A beige-colored dress is an excellent staple to keep on hand for work. It’s lighter and brighter than the typical black and brown, yet remains neutral for easy accessorizing and styling. The beige soft tailored shift dress from Linea is a beautiful example of an office-appropriate piece directly from the pages of Lyst.ca.
To jazz up this modern piece, we would suggest a silk neck scarf in a geometric print to keep it contemporary, or a neutral floral pattern to soften the lines of this dress. A black blazer would work well over this dress, as would black opaque tights. The shoe styling options are vast – flats, riding boots, walkable pumps, or ankle booties would all work well. To complete the look, a skinny or medium-width belt would look stellar fastened around the waist.
According to a recent article on Vogue.com, the wrap dress is highly versatile, which is why we’ve included one here for you today. The gray Colwyn wrap dress from Baukjen (pictured above) is a beautiful piece that would work well in any work wardrobe.
Style this piece with flats, pumps, or knee-high boots, and top it off with a chic cover up for extra warmth and interest. A simple necklace that hits the collarbone would look great, as would a lace or solid camisole worn beneath to add some modesty to the V-neck opening.
The gray and black tweed overlay dress from Oasis presents more styling options for your workday. The open neck and sleeveless arms would puzzle together perfectly over a fitted long sleeve black turtleneck during the winter months, and it would look great with a pair of black opaque tights, too.
For classic styling, team this with traditional pumps, and for something a little more unique, opt for ankle booties, or knee-high riding boots. Something in suede like this pair would look extra rich paired with the dress’s tweed exterior. Even if you’d prefer to skip the turtleneck, a blazer would look great worn over this piece, as would a beautiful solid necklace that rests neatly below the neckline.
The dresses above are universally flattering and so simple to accessorize with things you may even already own. If not, then picking up a few new items is definitely worth it in order to look great while making a busy life easier in the process. We hope you’ve enjoyed our styling ideas to make your workweek simpler and stress-free!
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