Work dresses can be the key to getting yourself noticed at work, with promotions, pay rises and more following a revitalised officewear wardrobe. Create a great impression with these new season work dresses, capturing the season's best trends and some much-needed colour.
Work dresses are a wardrobe staple a constant for any female professional but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring.
It’s all too easy to stick to the work wallflower palette of charcoal, black and brown when it comes to dressing smart, we totally get it, but a parred down palette won’t make you feel anywhere near as amazing and confident as a few flashes of bright SS14 shades and printes will.
This season, we dare you try the key tomboy trend with cocoon shapes, bold stripes and strong, masculine tailoring an easy step up from the classic workwear wardrobe. Add energy with spring brights, florals and sweet, sugar-coated colours, even if it’s with a handbag or heels.
Mimic the designer collections and make your floral prints bigger and super-gorgeous with blown up blooms, giving tailored looks a feminine finish.
Shop our edit of the best smart dresses to weave into your office wardrobe and get yourself noticed this month. Who knows, that promotion could be just around the corner…
Florals are ideal for adding a little ‘weekend’ to your workwear wardrobe. Keep the shape structured, like this Warehouse Rose Printed Shift Dress, to give it a smart finish.
& Other Stories adds its uber-cool spin to workwear with this silk drape effect in eye-catching olive. You’ll feel an unshakeable impression of power in this little number.
The Roksanda Ilincic Elvyn Dress is slick and understated. The colourblock pattern gives that clean, minimalist finish to your work dress collection.
Wear it a strong single or layer up the M&S Diamond Jacquard Drop Waist Dress over a sugar-coated pink shirt to create a cute workwear look.
Add some sunshine yellow to your workwear wardrobe. Perfect matched to a bright blazer, this one’s only for the brave.
There’s no need to accessorise with the Phase Eight Sequined Print Dress – the sequin print gives it a glam feel without overdoing it on the jewels.
If you prefer to stick to a parred down palette for work, the Asos Asymmetrical Shift Dress creates that minimalist look with icey colours and a Victoria Beckham-inspired angular hem line.
Weave one of Zara’s characteristically bright spring dresses into your workwear wardrobe. No more browns, blacks and charcoals.
A high thigh slit gives the French Connection Shadow Dance Jersey Dress a sophisticated and sexy feel for the office.
The high street is filling up with the delights of spring, and it’s the lemons and limes that we have our eyes on. The Whistles Alison Dress offers a splash of colour, without being overpowering.
Pleats have a huge part to play in spring/summer 2014. Soften up your workwear dresses with a floaty skirt, as with this Asos T-Shirt Pleated Midi Dress, and get that feminine touch for the new season.
Give your work dress collection a refreshing splash of colour this season. This paint splatter pattern would be great with a dark blazer.
Achieve that chic Burberry SS14 office look with candy colours and soft lace. The Warehouse Lace A-line Shift Dress gets it just right for spring/summer.
A unique orange colour will make you stand out among your peers at work this season. Show them you mean business in the Warehouse Chiffon Insert Crepe Dress.
Play around with a gothic feel for your next workwear dress. It works particularly well for a prodominantly charcoal workwear wardrobe, but remember to clash with a vibrant pop of colour like a coral shoe or cobalt bag.
That modernist look is easily achieved at the Office in a clean, well-cut dress in a satin fabric with that edge of asymmetry in the front.
Slick and impactful, this crisp white Gabriela Dress speaks volumes with block colour and just a zest of lime around the middle.
Take a tomboy take on workwear for the new season, eliminating the feminine form and creating billowing shapes with key tailoring patterns like micro checks.
A chambray texture gives a lighter approach to workwear for the new season. The Cos Cotton Chambray Dress is functional and formal for the office environment.
A clever texture clash on the Coast Rotterdam Dress creates a fabulous silhouette, giving you that feminine figure without being too overt.
Offset an ice-white silhouette with some petal pockets in a pearlised blue with Christopher Kane’s sleek new season Shift Dress.
Got a big meeting on the horizon? Keep it formal in Coast’s Ginerva Dress. Alongside that smart satin there’s an undertone of spring with the soft and feminine floral bodice.
Easy to layer, the Zara Zip-up Dress will become your new workwear go-to, making versatile transitions into well co-ordinated blazer outfits.
Weave one of Zara’s key spring/summer patterns into your officewear collections for an on-trend approach to smart dressing.
Echoing a hemline with the dress pattern, this Stella McCartney Shift Dress is ever-chic with bold lines and a brave pattern.
A key piece from the Zara SS14 collection, this sleeveless knit-effect Shift Dress sits away from the figure in order to make an effortlessly cool cocoon shape.
Florals might seem like an obvious choice for spring, but choose the 2014 approach and go supersize, super-gorgeous with your blooms. This Topshop Orchid Flower Shift Dress blows up botanicals onto an all-new scale.
Put the focus back into the shape for your spring/summer 2014 dress collections. The a-line skirt in a satin finish is raw and basic, but the subtle lilac colour just peppers it with some sweetness.
A monochrome stripe is the way to wear Parisian chic at work. With a pattern running in all directions and a rouched side wrap, this shape is also flattering on any figure.
Topshop Unique SS14 broke all of the rules on the catwalk, opting for something fresh and edgy for the softer season. We love this broken glass Mirror Dress for something a bit more raw in the spring.
Clean lines and bold, iconic colourings – that’s the formula for Whistles. This Minna Dress works particularly well in an aqua colour to make a great impression at work.
Pinstripes? A cult classic in the workwear department. Trust in a classic print and a modern tailored shape with this Topshop Dress.
A sexy, bodycon silhouette goes girlie with feminine pastel blue lace in the New Look Blue Lace Jacquard Pencil Dress, achieving that luxe Burbery Prorsum look for less on the high street.
Stripes create the perfect contrast to florals if you’re looking to pattern clash this spring. We love this LK Bennett Denver Dress for a high summer feel for work.
This season, monochrome is having (another) fashion moment, and it’s bolder than ever. Perfect for work, we say.
Keep it traditional in the French Connection Picnic Check Skirt Dress. Nothing beats a white collar combo for the office.
For a playful approach to workwear dressing, take your wardrobe back to school with the H&M Crepe Dress that’s perfect layered over a patterned top.
A wide sleeve is an iconic officewear shape for that iconic femme fatale look. Try the Goat Pandora Shift Dress.
A flippy skirt gives a flirty feel to a work dress. Keep it well structured down to the hem to give your office dress a smart, tailored look.
Look out for perforated fabrics on every fashion item this spring. The sports luxe, holey print gives the Hobbs Seren Dress a relaxed look for a new season approach to office dressing.
Florals receive a floral dressing up this season as the Malene Birger Bodice Dress combines with a sheer shoulder and a structured fabric.
Play around with bold lines in your workwear dress. Take a relaxed approach to the pattern with this triple line pattern in charcoal, blue and black.
A T-shirt and bodice dress combination is something we should all get used to this spring. They key is the layered look a la Hobbs.
Keeping it traditional, M&S offer the Abstract Print Belted Shirt Dress for your workwear wardrobe. The bow detail acts as a soft contrast to the bold patterned lines.
This Short Dress from H&M could have come straight from the Christopher Kane SS14 catwalk. Gorgeous.
Wear a pearlised finish on the Cos Satin Pleated Dress for a smart, yet fashion-forward option.
Keeping it classic in style, this work dresses receives a style update with a charcoal pattern clash and eye-catching purple ribbon waistband.
Keep the structure in your workwear dress with a pulled in middle and a v-neck shape.
Go smart with sports luxe this season, in an oversized tennis dress shape. The pleats in the back give the M&S Shift Dress its formal feel back.
Erdem adds some glamour to the classic black and white collar dress combination. With a scalopped hem and feather detail, this is something special for your workwear wardrobe.