This past week was a harsh reminder that the weather still sucks and you’re likely going to battle a gigantic black slush puddle several times before spring arrives. It’s enough to make you want to stay in bed indefinitely. Too bad you have to get to work and look somewhat presentable. You could try some creative layers, but on days when your brain refuses to function and all you want to do is get out of the door in five minutes flat, go for the office-friendly dress. Whether you work in a casual, conservative, or fashion-conscious environment, we’ve put together a collection of the most appropriate, stylish work dresses that you can wear through the winter and beyond. Just add thick tights and a warm jacket — you’re ready to face another day.
Winter white worn with black tights is an elegant option for the office, especially under a blazer. And when it does warm up, you can re-wear with flat sandals.
Uniqlo ponte flare long dress, $39.90 at Uniqlo
A slim-cut sheath dress is a good staple to have in your closet, especially when it’s as affordable as this Zara one. The rich red color makes it look way more expensive than it actually costs.
Zara dress with zips, $69.90 at Zara
Slip a slim turtleneck under and add flat black boots for a sleek, minimal outfit that fits into any creative environment.
Amelie sleeveless column dress, $85 at Modern Citizen
You can treat this printed collared dress as both a shirt and a top — it looks as good worn over slim black pants as it does with tights or bare legs.
& Other Stories painterly collared dress, $95 at & Other Stories
Try a thin, long-sleeve sweater under this green A-line suede dress with a stacked-heel ankle boot.
Topshop suede seam dress, $105 at Topshop
Can you really have too many good shirtdresses? No. This pale blue belted style offers ample room for layering a thin turtleneck underneath and can be repurposed into a chic cover-up come summer.
COS long belted shirtdress, $115 at COS
Because winter is too long and you need some color, this bright minidress is the equivalent of a SAD lamp.
ASOS White funnel-neck minidress, $129 at ASOS
When in doubt, a classic black sheath is a smart investment.
J.Crew sheath dress with faux-leather trim, $168 at J.Crew
This is one of the more expensive pieces, but you can wear this both to work and to a nice dinner if you switch up the accessories.
Whistles double-dot-print dress, $280 at Whistles
Made from a draped knit crepe, this dress will hang nicely without making you feel like you’re being constricted.
M.M. LaFleur the Blair 2.0 dress, $295 at M.M. LaFleur