Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
We’re heading into prime sheath dress weather right now — not only is it great for layering in spring (beneath blazers or cardigans, or occasionally on top of blouses), but it’s a workhorse in sticky hot summers.
I actually meant to write about black sheath dresses (especially since I’m in the market for one myself) but was so unexcited about all of the black sheath dresses, and instead found so many great colorful sheath dresses, that I thought I’d feature those instead.
Readers, have you gotten any great sheath dresses recently? Have you bought any colorful sheath dresses in the past that became favorites?
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Update: here are some of our latest favorites in basic colors:
Here are some of our favorite basic dresses for work in plus sizes:
And stay tuned for a roundup of our latest favorite colorful sheath dresses! Note that as of 2021, Donna Morgan, Calvin Klein, MMLF, and Of Mercer are always great bets for colorful sheath dresses; you may also want to try your luck with this vintage-inspired dress from Amazon (almost 14,000 positive reviews — just size up so it isn’t too tight for the office).
The below content concerns colorful sheath dresses for work that may be sold out.
|Of course, there is a Mondrian-inspired colorblocked dress from Calvin Klein. I like that it’s available in regulars, petites, and plus sizes for $129.50-$139.50 at Bloomingdale’s. Calvin Klein Color Block Sheath Dress|
|This one is actually my favorite, even though I know from experience the color would make me look absolutely ill. But I love that textured fabric (going in two directions!), the diagonal cut-out, and, apparently, patterned lining. Lovely. It’s $169 at Lord & Taylor. KAY UNGER Diagonal Cut-Out Sheath Dress|
|Gooooorgeous dress from Diane von Furstenberg. I think the asymmetrical seams across the bodice are both interesting and flattering, and the “sailor blue” color makes me hap-hap-happy. It’s $325 at Saks. Diane von Furstenberg Jori Day Dress|
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