For those of us who don’t wear a uniform to work, we have to create our own, and with a heatwave on its way, there’s no better time to refresh our workwear wardrobes. Blazers and tailored trousers are the obvious pieces to invest in, but don’t overlook the timeless appeal of an office-appropriate dress in the warmer weather.
So easy to style, wear the right one with a pair of smart sandals, trainers or loafers and your go-to laptop bag or tote - you’ll look instantly put together. From luxe floaty fabrics to sleeker styles and classic black to bolder colours, we’ve found nine of the best work dresses available to shop online now.
How we chose the best office dresses
- Cut: Depending on your office, there will be different levels of what is considered acceptable no matter what the weather, but we've mostly kept hem-lengths hitting the knee or below. If you feel more comfortable in a shorter dress, we've chosen pieces that balance this with covered shoulders and a modest neckline. Several options also have long sleeves.
- Price per wear: Creating a workwear wardrobe can be expensive, so we've chosen classic pieces you'll want to wear beyond just this summer and everything costs under £200.
- Ease of styling: Everything in this edit should slot seamlessly into your wardrobe. Many of us don't have time to be thinking too much about what we're wearing to work everyday, so these dresses are the kind of thing you can throw on and go.
The best office dresses to shop now