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8 Summer Dresses to Wear to Work

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Fall through early spring it is easy to find a dress suitable for work. Why not? We keep most of our body covered to shield it from the cold. However, as temperatures rise and those dog days of summer arrive, we want to cover less in our dresses. Take a look at eight summer dresses to wear to work that will keep you cool while maintaining your professional appearance.

A Simple Shift is Cool and Easy for Summer
Shift dresses are perhaps the perfect dresses for the workplace that has a modest dress code. These dresses have no shaping. This means they are made without the use of darts, princess seams and other construction details that help garments contour to the body. For the office, choose shift dresses that have a modest boatneck, scoop or square neckline.

Style Choices:
Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Embroidered Mesh Shift Dress, $78.00 at Boscov’s
Jessica London Dress in Easy-Care Stretch Jersey from $69.99 to $74.99 at OneStopPlus

Maxi Dresses Don’t Fall Short on Office Style
Maxi dresses are trendy once again. You don’t have to worry about hem length with this style of dress. However, you still need to choose wisely when it comes to getting one for work. Stay away from halter style and deep v-neck dresses.

Style Choices:
Joseph A Dress, Sleeveless Beaded Maxi, $88.00 at Macy’s
Entranced Maxi Dress & Shrug, $108.00 at Catherines

Shirt Dresses Keep you Looking Cool and Collected
The dress shirt is essential to every office wardrobe. Why not take it a step a further and incorporate a few shirt dresses as well? The shirt dress looks great under a blazer or suiting jacket. If by chance the dress you select runs a little short, you can wear it as a long tunic over a pair of trousers. Easy as a spreadsheet!

Style Choices:
Liz Claiborne Striped Button-Down Shirt Dress from $40.00 to $45.00 at JCPenney
Solid Shirt Dress, $68.00 at Avenue

The Sheath is Both Figure Flattering and Professional
The sheath is one of the more tailored dress styles. It is designed to follow the curves of the female form. The curvier you are, the more pronounced your curves will appear in a sheath. If you have no noticeable curves, the sheath will give you the appearance of a curvier figure, especially at the waist. For work, this style of dress looks best in a scoop, round, square or slightly draped neckline.

Style Choices:
Solid Sheath Dress, $60.00 at Avenue
Calvin Klein Dress, Sleeveless Scoop Neck Colorblocked Sheath, $129.50 at Macy’s

These eight dresses are summer and work perfect. Remember to keep modesty in mind when it comes to showing skin. Stay away from low necklines and hems that fall higher than a thumb’s length above the knee.

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