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Refresh your work wardrobe with these office-ready dresses — starting at $12

Style and functionality? Count us in.
Courtesy Sunah Syed

Spring may finally be here, but the season isn't the only change many of us are experiencing. Over the last few months, more and more people have been saying goodbye to remote working and returning to their offices. For many, that means it's time to start thinking about how to update our professional wardrobes — and getting used to leaving our "9-to-5 pajamas" behind.

Thanks to the breakout trends of loungewear and workleisure, we're saying goodbye to the days of uncomfortable and hard-to-move-around-in fabrics! We’re welcoming pieces that offer us style, functionality and comfort over all else. How better to do so than to refresh our closets with a few easy-to-style, one-and-done dresses?

To help you get started on revamping your professional attire, we found some dresses that make for great transitional pieces as you head back to work during the spring and summer seasons.

Best dresses for work, according to reviews

Universal Thread Sleeveless Dress

Add this cotton dress to your summer wardrobe for an effortlessly chic look that can easily be dressed up for the office. Not only does the brand say the material is super breathable, but the side slits can also offer a more comfortable fit.

Jasambac Bodycon Pencil Dress

With a removable tie-front belt, unique design and pocket features, this highly rated knee-length pick is sure to make a statement in the office. It’s made from a polyester-spandex blend and is also available in 44 different colors and patterns.

Old Navy Rib-Knit Turtleneck Long-Sleeve Dress

We think this cinched, mock neck dress is a work wardrobe must-have. It comes in regular, tall, and petite sizes and is made with rib-knit material for extra stretch — a feature we love for those long days at the office.

Boohoo 3/4 Sleeve Midi Smock Dress

Wear this versatile midi dress to work during the day and out for happy hour drinks after. With a stylish V-neck, modest midi length and cotton material, it's the perfect balance between functional and fashionable.

Boohoo Square Neck Puff Sleeve Belted Midi Dress

Snag this dress for 60% off while it's still in stock! It features a classy square neck and puff sleeves, which have been trending lately. If you prefer a brighter color, opt for a similar dress in bright green or hot pink.

Who What Wear Tank Dress

With a nearly perfect five-star rating for comfort from reviewers, this tank dress is a must for days packed with back-to-back meetings. Plus, it's easy to pair with almost anything, from a sweater or light jacket to sneakers or flats.

J.Crew Factory Ruffleneck Suit Dress

This classy ruffleneck dress has potential to become your next go-to work piece. It's a simple back-zip style, so it's easy to throw on quickly. Plus, the cute neckline and sleeve ruffling means you don't have to do much styling if you don't want to.

Homeyee Vintage Patchwork Office Pencil Dress

If you're still trying to rock the patchwork trend, we think you'll love the contrasting colors and fabrics on this Amazon dress. Standout details include the pencil silhouette and the number of available choices in colors and sleeve lengths.

Banana Republic Belted Tencel Shirtdress

This button-down belted dress is great for a sharp office look. One reviewer wrote, “This is one of the most flattering work dresses that I've bought. Very flowy, but still professional. Beautiful with a pair of pumps!”

Preston & York Blake V-Neck Midi Sheath Dress

Mid-length dresses are excellent options for the spring season, and this one from Dillard's has cute waistband detailing to go with it! Pair it with a blazer for those in-between days when the temperature is cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon.

Vfshow Front Zipper Office Dress

If you prefer a more form-fitting work dress to wear on sunnier days, this sleeveless option might be the perfect addition to your work wardrobe. It's available in 45 different patterns and is affordable at under $40, so you can grab more than one.

Untuckit Jennie Dress

A classic long-sleeve collared dress that also claims to be wrinkle-resistant? Count us in! This pick is made with lightweight Tencel, a special fiber that helps you cool down naturally as the weather starts to warm up. The belt can also be switched out to change up the look.

Banana Republic Factory Ruffle-Placket Shirtdress

This flowy shirtdress is available in navy and black and features a midi length that makes it perfect for pairing with boots or heels. We're loving the ruffled collar and self-tie belt — and the fact that it's 50% off right now.

Homeyee Chic Crew Neck 3/4 Sleeve A-line Dress

With various arm lengths and almost 20 color options available, there’s something to fit everyone’s style with this dress. The best part? It’s machine-washable, which can save you a trip to the dry cleaners.

Lulus Garden Splendor Navy Blue Floral Print Dress

Spring is here, which means it's time to break out the floral prints! This colorful one-piece is beloved by Lulus shoppers (over 500 of them gave it a five-star review) for its versatility and comfortable fit.

Draper James Fit & Flare Dress in Angie Plaid

This plaid dress from Draper James is on sale for over 40% off. It can be paired with boots for a more casual look or heels to keep it professional. It's also available in a range of sizes from XS to 2XL.

Athleta Urbanite Dress

Who said you have to give up comfort for style? According to the brand, this shirt dress is specifically made for commuters. The fabric is lightweight, silky and stretchy, and it's built with easy to reach pockets.

Express Draped Mock Neck Midi Sheath Dress

Sheath dresses are a staple in any work wardrobe. This sleek mock-neck piece comes in three solid color options and in both petite and regular sizes. It can also be tailored for any work occasion, whether it be casual or formal.

Draper James Turtleneck Knit Dress in Ribbon Flower

If your office always has the air conditioning on full blast, a turtleneck work dress might come in handy (even if it is spring!). According to the brand, the viscose material is naturally lightweight, so you won't suffer under the fabric once you walk outside.

Lulus Westwood White Half Sleeve Sheath Dress

Available in three colors including white, black and cobalt blue, this sheath dress provides both comfort and style with front pleats and a thicker material perfect for transitional weather. One five-star reviewer said, “I presented to a room full of people and felt like it looked professional yet fun! Super comfy and accentuates curves nicely.”

Old Navy Puff-Sleeve All-Day Midi Swing Dress

According to Old Navy, this versatile piece is "always in season." It's designed with puff sleeves, two side pockets and a flowy silhouette, which can help you look and feel your best as you get used to life back in the office.

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