30 Dresses I've Found That Are Perfect for Working From Home

When people ask me what I did over the course of lockdown, I can proudly say that I've perfected the cinnamon bun (it's all in the proving), learnt how to use a sewing machine and also managed to create the ideal working-from-home wardrobe. Yes, that does consist of a lot of stretchy denim and chunky knitwear, but it might surprise you to know that some of my favourite WFH outfits are dresses.

There is, of course, one big box that any home-office frock must tick: It has to have a bit of give. While I don't imagine any of us are reaching for the Hervé Léger, some fabrics and silhouettes can be a little restrictive and uncomfortable, so when I go for a dress to wear all day at my desk, I need it to be comfortable. That being said, it also needs to look Zoom appropriate for internal and external meetings as well as ideal for quickly nipping out the house to the shops or opening the door to the postman. 

Best Work Dresses: @abimarvel working from home in a polkadot shirt dress

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@abimarvel

Good news, then, as the comfortable dresses—be they knitted, oversized or simply toasty—are everywhere this season and strike the perfect balance of being effortless to throw on but also smart. I'd also recommend a shirred dress, as that will allow you movement, but there are also some great shirt dresses that are stretchy, too.

Of course, I've been mindful to select dresses that you won’t mind wearing into your office in real life, whether you’re heading back soon or have plans to later in the year. Keep scrolling to see 30 dresses that are perfect for working from home. 

1. KNITTED DRESSES

Best Work Dresses: @eniswardrobe wears a knitted dress

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@eniswardrobe

Style Notes: It goes without saying that knitted dresses are some of the most comfortable you’ll come across. Wear now with knee-high boots. Then, switch in some chunky flat sandals come summer. 

I think this looks so expensive. 

The contrast neckline and trims make this knitted dress feel so fresh. 

2. SHIRT DRESSES

Best Work Dresses: @greceghanem wears a shirt dress

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@greceghanem

Style Notes: Often made from breathable cotton or breezy materials, shirt dresses are perfect for layering over leggings and tights now but will work just as hard in the warmer months, too. 

This would look excellent layered with a grey roll-neck underneath. 

I applaud the entire styling of this look. 

Box pleats are going to be huge this spring. 

The weighty fabric makes this dress sit beautifully on. 

3. LONG-SLEEVE DRESSES

Best Work Dresses: @monikh wears a striped, long-sleeve dress

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@monikh

Style Notes: The main thing that can distract me from my work? Being cold. The solution? Long-sleeve dresses. I like mind made from jersey for maximum comfort. 

This has been on my wish list for months. 

Ganni’s new collection has lots of covetable dresses. 

This looks so much more expensive than it is. 

Subtle cut-outs give this otherwise simple black jersey maxi dress 2022 feels. 

Counteract cold-inducing mini hemlines with long sleeves. 

The collar will ensure you look smart on your Zoom calls. 

4. FLORAL DRESSES

Style Notes: The feel-good factor that comes with wearing pretty floral dresses is precisely why I’ve included them on my list. When I need to feel pulled-together and profesh with minimal effort, this is what I turn to. 

Give your wares a springtime jolt with this vibrant print. 

Green is one of 2022’s biggest colour trends. 

5. OVERSIZED DRESSES

Style Notes: Whether you’re at your desk or taking a lunchtime nap, an oversized dress will provide you the room to feel comfortable and unconstricted. 

You’ll wear this throughout the summer, too. 

Add prints into the equation to lift your weekly outfit rotation. 

The embroidery on this dress is so beautiful. 

Checks are always a good idea, whatever you’re doing. 

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2022 fashion trends to know.

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

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