The best smart work dresses so you’re always chic in the office

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Shop the best workwear for summer and winter

Gone are the days where all the work-appropriate dresses you could find involved grey or pinstripe navy tailored numbers. High street stores and designers have upped their games to offer styles that both office-appropriate and tick all the right trend boxes.

If your office dress code is conservative, that doesn’t mean you’re confined to a midi black dress. This season, stores from Warehouse to Reiss and Cos offer smart alternatives in pastel hues or block colours, tailored to flatter any shape. Think fit ‘n’ flare or wraparound dresses.

Of course, you’ll never go wrong with a crisp shirt dress either, whether it’s a classic white shirt or something in a bolder colour. Statement sleeves are an easy way to update this style as a nod to the 70s revival trend.

For something a bit more daring, start playing around with prints and texture. This SS17, it’s all about deck chair stripes and revisited florals, both of which are finished off nicely with a pair of heeled wedges like the ones favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge.

If you’re not to uncover your shoulders at work, that’s not an issue. Why not embrace the oversized sleeve trend, or opt for a short sleeve instead?

For the colder months, layering is key. Try a tailored bustier dress over a crisp white shirt, or a floaty frock over a high neck top. We’re also looking at heavier fabrics, with crushed velvet making a bit comeback for AW17. Team these with a velvet court shoe or ankle boots. Skin-tight, high-high boots are also back on the scene next season, so if you dare, go for it.

Again, if your dress code isn’t too strict, party season is a great time to try embroidered or embellished designs. Dresses with full tulle skirts scattered with sequins will be your go-to for party season.

Scroll down to shop our edit of the best work dresses that are suitable for the office, no matter the weather or the dress code.

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