Some of my friends only wear dresses to work, and find that a great quality dress is one of the best workwear purchases you can make. So, for my work dress loving friends, here are the Top 10 work dresses I found on the high street, right now:
The details of the individual dresses are:
1. GOAT | Scarlett belted wool crepe dress in midnight blue | 100% wool crepe. Lined | £198 (was £440)
I had to include Goat, in honour of my dear friend A who kills in her elegant, ladylike Goat wool crepe dresses. Many cheaper brands use polyester crepe, but Goat use wool crepe, which looks and feels top quality. There are quite a few Goat dresses on The Outnet at the moment, and, as they are an expensive brand, its worth keeping an eye out for them at such reduced prices. This dress also comes in black or red.
2. MANGO OUTLET | Draped dress in bright blue (MAISOU21) | 80% viscose,17% polyamide,3% elastane. Lined | £29.99 (was £44.99)
This is one of those very flattering, as well as very affordable dresses, which also comes in black.
This is what it looks like on me (in black, in size 10):
3. JAEGER OUTLET | Wool Crepe Textured Dress in black | 100% wool | £99 (was £220)
This would have to be one of the quintessential classic work dresses, now at a far more affordable price. On the Jaeger website, they have paired it with classic black court shoes, but I think it would look far better with some coloured and/or printed shoes and accessories.
4. MARKS & SPENCER | Autograph Side Gathered Marl Bodycon Dress in navy | 90% viscose, 10% elastane. Lined | £55
Dresses with a subtle, all over print can be hard to find, but are so flattering when you do find them. Not only does it introduce a few colours into an outfit, the print detail can camouflage all sorts of lumps, bumps, creases and spills. The rust version is on sale for £35.
5. COS | Tie-waist blazer dress in black | 96% Wool, 4% Elastane | £125
I love this sharp “suit-substitute” dress, although, again, I would pair it with some interesting shoes and/or accessories. Cos do some of the best work dresses on the high street, but they do sell out. Interesting, sleek, usually classically shaped, in natural fibres at good prices: no wonder some of my friends keep a very close eye on their dress section.
6. WHISTLES | Botanical Floral Silk Bodycon | Stretch silk. Lined | £160
Whistles repeat this shape of dress in varying stretch silk patterns, from season to season, and you can see from this Trying It On at Whistles post that its the better of the two silk dress shapes that they do. I know a lot of women who love Whistles dresses, both for work and after work, due to the abstract prints and chic shapes.
One very clever Reader, spotted this £35 dress from M&S as a great budget alternative. It is, however, made of polyester, so I can’t comfortably wear it [fans overheated self], but I am linking it in case it would work for you.
If you are a size 16, the Ikat print version of this dress from last season is now £45, here.
7. GOAT | Sabine wool crepe dress in claret | 100% wool crepe. Lined | £180 (was £420)
I think I’m being quite restrained in only including 2 heavily reduced Goat dresses, don’t you?! Its oh so elegant, this 60’s style number.
8. COS | Printed cotton dress in green | 98% cotton, 2% elastane | £79
This is the green version of a similar dress Cos did about a year ago. I love the stained glass effect the print gives, and you can see me trying on the black version here, along with some other Cos dresses. Basically, gorgeous, but size down.
Here’s how the black version looked on me:
9. & OTHER STORIES | Box pleat dress in light blue | 66% Triacetate, 34% Polyester | £65
An unusual inclusion from me, given the fabric. However, its pretty and (delicate cycle) machine washable.
10. MANGO | Belted-waist shirt dress in khaki (REVENTA) | 98% cotton, 2% elastane | £34.99
I’m definitely casting my eyes ahead to spring, with this last inclusion. Shirt dresses are perfect for smart, but not too formal, work environments, and this khaki one has a little Out of Africa nod to it. I like khaki a lot, and wear it with white, cream, black, tan and leopard print. It also comes in black.
If you have a little more to spend, the Iris & Ink Adrienne silk shirt dress (£165) also looks lovely, and the silk obviously elevates the style of dress, into something you could wear at evening, too:
In navy, which would be perfect with the Boden Alice heels that I want:
Thank you for reading, Reader, have a fab day.