Office-Approved Summer Dresses For Every Figure

Because sadly, everyday can’t be a beach day.

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Summer: the days are warm, the offices are cold, and the last thing you want to think about is what to wear to work. We’re pretty sure cut-off denim shorts and rompers won’t fly with most HR powers that be, so we’ve put together some of our favorite summer dresses to flatter any body type and keep you cool. We’ve also sourced some complimentary layering piece options too, just in case your office tends to feel like an igloo. Click through and soon you’ll be spending less time worrying about what to wear to work and more time daydreaming about frolicking in the sand.

    Image via: Vanessa Jackman 

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    PHOTO: Hanneli

    Apple

    If you have an apple body type, show off your slim legs with a shift dress. The A-line shape will help to balance your broader upper body and will conceal your midsection perfectly. A slim, brightly colored cardigan is a chic layer with a shift dress.

    ​Image via Hanneli

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    Club Monaco Joyce Scallop Dress ($139) in Celedon

    ​This pool blue shift is the perfect combination of conservative and fun. Smiles and compliments from co-workers are guaranteed! 

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    Zara Printed Shift Dress ($80) in Pink 

    We’re dreaming up so many delightful outfit combinations centered on this printed pink dress.


     

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    Rebecca Taylor Diamond Eyelet Shirtdress ($395) in Black 

    The gorgeous eyelet on this structural shift takes the LBD up a notch.  

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    Equipment Sullivan Cardigan ($328) in Magenta

    You should seriously consider adding this perfectly slouchy, slim cardigan to your closet. The vibrant hue is on-point for summer.  

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Hourglass

    Show off your curvy figure and defined waist with a breezy shirtdress. Look for dresses that are balanced proportionally on the top and bottom; styles with cinched-in waists are ideal. For chilly offices, pair your shirtdress with an on-trend lightweight duster coat.

    Image via Vanessa Jackman 

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    French Connection Print Chiffon Shirtdress ($158) in Party Pink Multi 

    We love the sweet floral print on this summer-ready shirtdress. 

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    Band of Outsiders Patchwork Short Sleeve Shirtdress ($565) in Blue

    Patchwork is a major trend this season, and this shirtdress offers a subtle, work-friendly way to try it out.

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    Amanda Uprichard Miah Fit-and-Flare Shirtdress ($208) in White 

    We love a crisp white dress and think this one is a particularly classic choice.

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    ASOS Duster Coat ($114) in Pastel Pink 

    The color, length, fit, and price are everything you could ask for in a duster. 

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    PHOTO: A Love Is Blind

    Celery

    A fitted sheath dress is the golden ticket for a straight body type. It’ll create the illusion of curves, while the longer length will keep the look professional. A draped blazer will soften the severity of the sleek dress and will aid in keeping A/C-induced goose bumps to a minimum.

    ​Image via A Love Is Blind

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    DKNY Colorblock Sheath Dress ($335) in Black/Tide/Marine 

    This athletic-inspired sheath effectively creates curves, thanks to perfectly placed side-paneling. 

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    Kay Unger New York Cap-Sleeve Watercolor Floral Print Dress ($350) in Purple Multi 

    The abstract floral print on this sophisticated sheath is so fresh. 

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    Laundry by Shelli Segal Short Sleeve Keyhole V-Back Sheath ($225) in Fiery Red

    The seaming at the waist of this dress is so flattering. If you’re going to wear a red dress to the office, this beauty is it. 

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    Zara Loose Fit Blazer ($139) in Nude 

    Meet your new wear-with-everything closet workhorse. 

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    PHOTO: The Blonde Salad

    Pear

    A fit-and-flare dress will enhance your slim upper body and flatter your lower half perfectly. If you need an additional layer, a slightly boxy, cropped blazer is your best bet.

    Image via Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad 

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    Madewell Afternoon Dress in Saltwater Stripe ($110) in True Black 

    You can’t go wrong with a black and white striped fit-and-flare frock. It’s the perfect canvas for those statement heels you’ve been itching to wear to the office. 

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    Milly Graphic Jacquard Flare Dress ($249) in Multi 

    What’s not to love about this colorful tribal print?

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    Rebecca Minkoff Shelly Embroidered Cotton Fit & Flare Dress ($278) in Shell/Tang 

    The gorgeous details are what make this melon-hued dress worth every penny. 

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    Theory Cropped Jacket in Wool Poplin ($535) in Light Heather 

    The row of black blazers in your closet could use a breath of fresh air. Enter this jacket.

    Want to refresh your office-appropriate shoe collection for the season? Check out 21 Work Appropriate Shoes For Summer.   

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Printed Shift Dress

Printed Shift Dress

Zara, $80
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Diamond Eyelet Shirtdress

Diamond Eyelet Shirtdress

Rebecca Taylor, $395
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Joyce Scallop Dress

Joyce Scallop Dress

Club Monaco, $139
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Sullivan Cardigan

Sullivan Cardigan

Equipment, $328
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Short Sleeve Keyhole V-Back Sheath

Short Sleeve Keyhole V-Back Sheath

Laundry by Shelli Segal, $225
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Colorblock Sheath Dress

Colorblock Sheath Dress

DKNY, $335
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Cap-Sleeve Watercolor Floral Print Dress

Cap-Sleeve Watercolor Floral Print Dress

Kay Unger New York, $350
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Loose Fit Blazer

Loose Fit Blazer

Zara, $139
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Patchwork Short Sleeve Shirtdress

Patchwork Short Sleeve Shirtdress

Band of Outsiders, $565
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Miah Fit-and-Flare Shirtdress

Miah Fit-and-Flare Shirtdress

Amanda Uprichard, $208
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Print Chiffon Shirtdress

Print Chiffon Shirtdress

French Connection, $158
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Duster Coat

Duster Coat

ASOS, $114
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Afternoon Dress in Saltwater Stripe

Afternoon Dress in Saltwater Stripe

Madewell, $110
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Graphic Jacquard Flare Dress

Graphic Jacquard Flare Dress

Milly, $249
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Shelly Embroidered Cotton Fit & Flare Dress

Shelly Embroidered Cotton Fit & Flare Dress

Rebecca Minkoff, $278
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Cropped Jacket in Wool Poplin

Cropped Jacket in Wool Poplin

Theory, $535
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