Summer may be quickly approaching, but the season isn't the only change many of us are experiencing. Over the last year, more and more people have been saying goodbye to remote working and returning to their offices full time. 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?
Best dresses for work, according to editors and reviewers
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 six different colors and is affordable at $20, so you can grab more than one. If you're not sure about baring your shoulders at the office, you can easily style it with a blazer or jean jacket.
Old Navy is currently taking an extra 30% off items, so you can get this dress for just $21. According to the brand, the fit and flare design "looks great on everybody, everywhere."
Add this shift dress to your summer wardrobe for an effortlessly chic look that can easily be dressed up for the office. Not only do reviewers say that the dress is comfortable, but the loose fit can also offer a more relaxed feel.
One Shop TODAY writer says that this dress is perfect for many different occasions, from travel days to work. Plus she adds that it checks all her boxes, "in comfort and style — and some colors even have pockets(!)."
This shirt dress is available in blue, black and white and features a knee-length fit that makes it perfect for pairing with boots or heels. Sizes are selling out, so you're going to want to get it while you still can.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer is almost 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.
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.”
This classy eyelet dress has the potential to become your next go-to workpiece. The cute neckline, puff sleeves and eyelet details mean you don't have to do much styling if you don't want to.