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 favourite 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.
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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 coloured cardigan is a chic layer with a shift dress.
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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!
Zara Printed Shift Dress ($80) in Pink
We’re dreaming up so many delightful outfit combinations centered on this printed pink dress.
Rebecca Taylor Diamond Eyelet Shirtdress ($395) in Black
The gorgeous eyelet on this structural shift takes the LBD up a notch.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
ASOS Duster Coat ($114) in Pastel Pink
The colour, length, fit, and price are everything you could ask for in a duster.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Zara Loose Fit Blazer ($139) in Nude
Meet your new wear-with-everything closet workhorse.
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.
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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.
Milly Graphic Jacquard Flare Dress ($249) in Multi
What’s not to love about this colourful tribal print?
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.
Laundry by Shelli Segal Short Sleeve Keyhole V-Back Sheath ($225)
Kay Unger New York Cap-Sleeve Watercolor Floral Print Dress ($350)
Band of Outsiders Patchwork Short Sleeve Shirtdress ($565)
Amanda Uprichard Miah Fit-and-Flare Shirtdress ($208)