The Work Dress: 5 Fashionable Options

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ahh, the work dress... I know you all too well. After years of practicing law, I got all too familiar with office appropriate dressing. And I know how hard it can be to show off your fashionista side, but stay professional. Yes, it is hard to strike the right balance, but it can be done. The work dresses pictured here are all perfect for a conservative office that doesn't require a traditional suit every day, but they also each have a little something that makes them fashionable.

For a work dress with a little vintage flair, try the Diane von Furstenberg Maidey Dress, a current best seller at the Saks Fifth Avenue online store.

Diane von Furstenberg Maidey Dress

→ Buy the Diane von Furstenberg Maidey Dress, $385.00, at

The neckline of the Black Halo Jackie Dress is a standout, while the just-below-the-knee length keeps things classy.

Black Halo Jackie Dress

→ Buy the Black Halo Jackie Gabardine Sheath Dress, $345.00, at

This striped-bottom dress vibes Prada, but on an intern's budget. Kind of hard to top that.

Jones New York Dresses A-Line Bottom Striped Dress

→ Buy the Jones New York A-line Bottom Striped Dress, $138.00, at

A shirt dress is always a safe bet for work, like this simple Ralph Lauren version.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Lovell Tissue Shirt Dress

→ Buy the Lauren by Ralph Lauren Lovell Tissue Shirt Dress, $189.00, at

This affordable Gap find is a little more relaxed than the previous options -- add a little black blazer for a bit more structure.

Gap Smocked cocoon dress

→ Buy the Gap Smocked Cocoon dress, $59.95, at