Friday Fifty: Summer Dreses

There is nothing better than a dress in the summer. They are light and breezy in the heat, and easy to style in the morning. I could wear them every day! With these chic styles under $50 each, I just might. Check out the dresses I’ve found for the office to wear this summer.

Banana Republic Black Dress Esprit Dress

Simple solid dresses are versatile. These two styles are very flattering with wrap details that accentuate the waist.  Black wrap dress from Banana Republic is only $39.99. In Esprit women dresses section we found a rayon jersey dress that is also $39.99 and available in black,  gray, and navy.  With classic pumps and a statement necklace, these dresses are instantly business casual chic.

Double V-Neck Geometric Dress Tangram Frock

A mix between handkerchief styling, kimono sleeves, and deep v-neck necklines makes for the perfect summer casual dress. Layer a Demi-Cami underneath to keep the look appropriate for the office.  Double V-Neck Geometric Dress is $28 at Charlotte Russe.  Tangram Frock is $44.99 at

Bouquet Bonanza Dress Shore Leave Dress

Experiment with vintage styling by shopping Modcloth dresses this summer. Bouquet Bonanza Dress is $49.99. Untie the bow and knot it more like a sash to the side to play down the ultra girly vibe. Nautical inspired Shore Leave Dress is $47.99.  I would style both of these dresses with neutral peep toe pumps, bold bangles, and a vibrant handbag.

Do you have a go-to shop for summer dresses? Share your favorite summer dresses with us and have fun shopping our top finds under $50.


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Reader Question: Where are YOU Interviewing Today?

This week while discussing office dressing in a career forum, an interesting topic was brought up. Jess said,

“I think the hardest thing about dressing for work these days is not overdressing. If I want to wear a nice dress or skirt, I often get jokes about “where are YOU interviewing today?”

This is an unfortunate reality of corporate America becoming increasingly casual. In too many offices, people are not expected to dress up and we go from business casual to in the blink of an eye.

Our suggestion to overcome this casual rut would be; slowly start transitioning your wardrobe into a more professional feel. If you add pieces to your look little by little, in a week or two, no one will be caught off guard when you wear a dress. And if they do say something, we love a witty retort…

Here are a few dresses perfect for a casual office this summer.

You know we would have a cardigan or blazer on hand to finish these looks. How would you accessorize these dresses for a casual office?  We’d also love to know how you deal with coworkers comments about your style. Leave us a comment below.

NY Fashion Week Break: $100 Outfit

We love New York Fashion Week but sometimes you just need a break, or a reality check. So we’re bringing you two outfits each under $100.  Even better, you can mix and match the pieces to save even more.

Business Casual outfit for under $100

With a dress from The Limited, accessories from Charlotte Russe, and your favorite basic black pumps you’ll have a Workchic look without breaking the bank. Our total for this business casual outfit is $94.68.
The Limited Shaped Ruffle Shirtdress for $53.70
Charlotte Russe: Offset Buckle Belt $12.99, Textured Patent Hobo $19.99, and Filigree Flower Earrings $4, Mixed Bangle Set $4.
Casual Friday outfit under $100

We took the red hobo bag and double buckle belt to create one more outfit for Casual Friday. We recommend pairing this with your favorite dark wash denim. Wrap the cardigan and belt at your natural waist.  We even found an amazing peep toe pump in case you forgot to update your basics. This outfit totals $96.16.
Charlotte Russe: Offset Buckle Belt $12.99, Textured Patent Hobo $19.99, Open Front Drape Cardigan $17.99, Scoop Neck Cami + Shelf Bra $7.50, Pearl & Rhinestone Layered Necklace $7.99 Liliana Women’s Cord Open-Toe Pump for $29.70.

While some may say we cheated by leaving the shoes out of the first outfit and jeans out of the second, these are two items you should have in your wardrobe already. Plus we multi-purposed two of the items for each outfit. That ought to get us off the hook. We hope you enjoyed this small fashion week break. We are headed back to the Runway!

Introducing New Features

Now when visiting you can go directly to your favorite Workchic designers.  See what you want to see! My Designers feature makes finding what’s new and what’s on sale from your top labels easy, letting you edit Shopbop’s selection to your exact specifications. It’s easy to get started. Here are some insider tips on using the feature.

1. First, compile a master list of your top designers by checking the box next to your favorite brands.

2. You can add new designers as you shop with the orange plus sign next to the brand name.

3. Use the My Links menu on the right side of the window to see What’s New & What’s On Sale from your favorites. This menu will travel with you as you shop.

Our love of chic dresses will definitely have us adding Diane von Furstenberg, Black Halo, and Lela Rose to start our list.

Diane von Furstenberg Konya Wrap Dress Black Halo Donna Sheath Dress Lela Rose V Neck Dress

Check out My Designers at Shopbop today!

Inspire your Work Wardrobe with Vintage

Shopping at is like hitting you favorite vintage boutique and finding everything is in your size.  They feature designers that use vintage to inspire their collections. Plus they offer a true vintage section for those that prefer the originals. We spent some time on their site selecting the most work appropriate items for you.

Since we love the chic simplicity of dresses, we started there with styles perfect for the season.  The second sleeveless dress would look chic under a brightly colored cardigan.

The Concise Shirtdress Michelle Dress

This time of year we are all looking for new and unique sweaters. Pair one of these vintage inspired styles with your trousers or denim at the office.

Houndstooth Party Sweater Vintage Sugar Plum Sweater

For a vintage touch, there is no better place to play then with shoes and handbags!

Style Charming Flats Meringue Peep Toe in Black Forest

Treasure Chest Purse The Fabulous Purse

Keep shopping to update your work wardrobe with unique vintage inspired pieces.