Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
It’s always fun to see designers think outside the box, and I often ask myself whether the little tweaks work or whether I’d do things a bit differently. This is Lafayette 148 New York’s take on a shirtdress, and it’s definitely MORE appropriate for work in some aspects — it doesn’t look like a man’s billowing shirt, for example, or like you’ve forgotten to put on pants. Furthermore, the crisp fabric and striping make it more conservative than a flowy shirtdress (for example, this silk number from Equipment), and the twist detail in front gives a flattering, tailored look. There are some drawbacks, though: I’m sure wrinkles will be a problem, and I’m guessing this is a good dress for a woman who is good friends with a tailor (or is herself talented with alterations!), and of course there’s the $498 price tag. It’s available in sizes 0-18 at Nordstrom. Federica Avalon Stripe Dress
Psst: I saw this one too late to feature for today, so it’s only marginally less at $450, but it’s gorgeous — and this one I like a lot for $89 but I think the shortened side hems make it a “know your office” situation. Looking for something in plus sizes? This one is cute and goes up to 28W.
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