I am quite reliant on dresses when it comes to my daily 9 – 5 outfits. It’s obvious to me that it’s the easiest choice (no need to match, tuck in or out, no decisions to be made at 6am). I am often surprised how many women rely on separates for work assuming it’s the simple solution.
Dress shopping can be a struggle for many which may justify the above. A few things that I always keep in mind when getting a dress for work:
- Comfortable – this is so important. If like me you’re conscious of your stomach area and go from feeling like a superstar to a balloon as quickly as munching through a banana, this is one of the key factors.
- Long enough – I often fall short on this one (see what I did here?! ;). There’s nothing worse than pulling at your hemline for half a day. You may wish it works but it doesn’t and no pair of opaques will replace a few inches that are missing.
- Colour – do keep it simple. Not boring, simple.
- Structure – pick a dress with a bit of a structure, a detail such as a ‘maxi sleeve’ (love it on this one) or a fold at the front. It’ll keep it interesting, modern and cool. Don’t be afraid of a simple detail like that, you can carry it off! Pockets always help.
- Spend a little bit more if you can – I am still learning to remember that. Cheap, trendy dresses don’t work for work. Simple. The shape changes after 1 wash, the colour is out of season before you get to wear it twice and they’re never as chic as the slightly pricier version.
- Think outside the box – everyone in the office will go to Zara, H&M and Penneys. Investing in independent, unique brands and designers will keep you looking fashionable without trying too hard.