After months of working from home, many of us are finally heading back to the office. Dressing for business this fall may be more relaxed than a corporate suit, but you’ll still want to look professional. Here are some lovely, affordable office-ready dresses to get you off to a fresh start.
1. Houndstooth Sweaterdress
When you want to look polished in a casual way, a sweater dress is an answer. I always have one or two in my closet come fall because they are just so darn comfy, too!
It’s easy to find a sweater dress in a solid color. This houndstooth print sweater dress is unique and appropriate for business since it has a traditional vibe.
The other nice thing about a sweater dress is that it shows off your shape without being tight. Add some high waist shapewear shorts for a smooth and flawless look.
Sleek suede booties look better than shoes when you wear a sweater dress, and this luxurious black tote adds a professional touch.
2. Belted Dress
Here’s a modern dress that I find very cool because you will see that this tame print is actually a little wild if you look closely. It’s a subtle leopard print- black on dark green, and it makes for a very chic look.
The other beautiful thing about this laid-back dress is the attention to detail. The split V-neck, the stitched belt, and the slightly puffed 3/4 length sleeves give this dress a perky, feminine look.
Instead of pumps, why not try a low heel bootie just for fun? Keep it black to make the print stand out, and add a black bag and earrings to complete this beautiful Boss babe look.
3. Floral Wrap Dress
A wrap dress is ideal for work right now because it is dressy without being stiff and formal. Soft draping across the tummy is super figure-flattering, and this gorgeous plum and blue floral print give the dress a fashion-forward look and feel.
The notion of pastel colors for spring and summer only has long gone by the wayside. These powder blue suede block heel sandals look great this time of year when you are in-between seasons and heading towards Autumn.
Keep your bag neutral, so you don’t overdose on color (see how we have picked up on the taupe in the dress?), then add some silver earrings (cool tone) to match the cool blue, purple and taupe shades in your outfit.
4. Faux-Wrap Dress
Here’s a comfortable work dress that you can slip on and go! This timeless faux wrap with the empire waist always looks understated and appropriate, whether you choose to wear it plain or dress it up a little.
Wear it with heels or flats (they work too), and go with neutral accessories for a conservative look or more colorful ones for a more creative look.
5. Funnel Neck Dress
You can’t go wrong wearing a sheath dress to work, especially this fall when everyone’s favorite dress gets a modern makeover. Funnel necks are the new cool detail that makes a sheath dress like this one look modern and even a little space age.
This simple but elegant dress commands attention, and the Navy oozes trust and credibility. Pair it with nude suede pumps to add texture and create the illusion of longer legs (match shoes to your skin tone).
A structured purse looks sleek and sophisticated, and some lovely jewelry adds personality and femininity.
6. Pattern Blocked Dress
Depending on where you work, bright colors can be too loud for the business environment. This is particularly the case in more traditional fields like law or finance. So how do you inject some interest in your outfit when you are wearing neutrals? Pattern blocking is one way.
This black, gray, and cream dress reads conservative and appropriate, but it actually is quite interesting to look at. A variety of patterns turned in different ways adds excitement and creates lines that help carve out a svelte figure. When you have a busy dress like this, keep your accessories simple and dark, so the dress takes the spotlight.
Plus-size? Here are some plus-size fall dresses for the office and more you may like!