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Summery Dresses You Can Wear to Work

Put down that strapless number. We have 15 better choices for looking chic at your 9-to-5, even when it’s sweltering.

Oh, summer in the city. We spend all spring longing for the warmth, but once the temps shoot into the upper stratosphere—and you know they will—our work wardrobe is suddenly put to a major test, in search of that elusive balance between breezy cool and polished professional. Here’s the recipe for sartorial success: Start with a lightweight, sleeveless style in a classic silhouette such as a tailored sheath, an easy shift, or a ladylike fit-and-flare. Add a bright hue, a punchy pattern, or a pinch of detailing, like lace or a printed trim. Pair with a sophisticated heel and dress it up with some substantial baubles. Done!

To get you started, try one of these 15 frocks—perfectly airy for the commute, perfectly appropriate for the office, and most under $200.

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  • TenQ4Nut10

    The rules have changed so much that people simply don't know how to dress appropriately for work anymore. But, the generally unfavorable criticism given so far is right on point. Most of these dresses are TOO short to be correct attire for the office unless the person works in the fashion industry (even then, it's questionable). I only considered two of the dresses passable if paired with a suitable (i.e., not casual) blazer or jacket.

    BTW, why would you even suggest that a woman wear dresses/skirts this short to work where, if they did so, over time they would begin to wonder why they were being passed over for promotions or being hindered in their attempts to advance themselves. Sorry, but outfits like these only serve to be a distraction at the office. They are far better suited for a night out, dinner, parties, etc.

  • Gloria

    It appears they all forgot to wear pants.

  • Test

    Clearly you guys have no idea what a professional environment requires. Unless you caveat this feature with 'wear to a casual work environment', these are not dresses approrpriate in any realm of professional dc/va/md.

  • bertandherb

    On what planet are these dresses considered appropriate for work?

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