So, yes, maybe I am writing this in my slippers while eating a grilled cheese. And maybe I don't have a 9-5 office job, or, for that matter have ever had a job requiring a "business" dress code, but that doesn't mean I don't understand the difficulties of dressing for the office everyday. It can be hard to come up with new ideas day in and day out that are both polished and modest enough for the workplace, while also showing some personality. That perfect balance of appropriately blending in while also standing out from the crowd can be a difficult one to maintain- and this can be especially tough when you don't want to spend a lot of money. So, I've pooled together some of my favorite wear-to-work dresses for the girl on a budget to keep you looking smart and fashionable at the office!
And just a side note: when shopping for dresses online, while the hemline is crucial for maintaining an office-appropriate look (and some of the above teeter on the too short side), it's important to note that most fit models are between 5'9" and 5'11" and wear an XS/S, so if you are 5'2"-5'4" and wear a M/L, it's obviously going to hit your leg in a different spot. Most measurement can be found online or you can always call customer service to get the details. A good measurement for you to have on hand is the length from the top your shoulders at the middle of your back, right where the bone sticks out, to wherever you would like a dress to hit you on your leg. Then you can have a better understanding when shopping online of how a 36" dress, for example, would look on you.
And if your dress happens to be a little too short, opaque tights and relatively modest shoes (flats, boots, etc.) can do wonders to alleviate the raciness of a look, like in look 10. Just make sure, if it is a little too short, that it is also modest in fit. Tight, low-cut, and short is obviously not a good look for the workplace. And also, if you click the links, you'll notice that every single one of these dresses comes from the collective Gap company site (Piperlime, Banana Republic, Gap, and Old Navy)- and there were so many affordable options, it was really hard to choose ten! Definitely a site to be bookmarked for wear-to-work shopping!
And working women of the world, let your voices be heard! What are some style questions/frustrations when it comes to office dressing that you would like to see addressed on this site?