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Whether your look is smart meets sleek in the office or you prefer a more laid back approach, we have the right frock for you. Thanks to their no fuss appeal and need for minimal styling, dresses are a popular choice to where to work all year round. Well, when all you need to do is slip one on and you’re out the door, what’s not to love? At navabi we have a covetable collection of plus size work dresses for your 9-5, from versatile shifts to sophisticated midis, whatever the workplace (or weather) we’ve got you covered.
There are certain styles of work dresses that never fall out of fashion favour, meaning it’s worth making the investment. The iconic shift dress, which has been worn to work by women since the Sixties is distinguished by its straight lines and is a timeless, hardworking staple. Due to its simplicity it oozes sophistication and practicality making it a versatile addition to your wardrobe. Another great workwear hero is the pencil dress, designed to be form fitting and expertly tailored, it will ensure you look the business from boardroom to networking brunch. A-line and fit and flare dresses are other excellent choices, not just for their ease of wear, but how seamlessly they can take you from desk to dinner with a quick accessory switch.
What to wear with your work dress
This, like all dresses completely depends on the design. Pencil dresses favour a sleek heel to complement the shapely silhouette and we like to think nude courts look best. Top off your outfit with a fitted black blazer for a slick finish. Shift dresses also look extra polished worn with a thinner heel, try adding interest to the simple cut with t-bar or ankle strap styles. More relaxed cuts like shirt dresses and fit and flare frocks team well with boxy jackets and ballet flats or block heels. When it comes to midi dresses that fall elegantly below the knee enhance the retro feel with a pair of Mary Janes.
Work dresses in winter
Exactly like your off-duty wardrobe, your on-duty wardrobe changes with the seasons. In winter it can be a struggle to stay warm and look the part at work, especially if the dress code doesn’t allow for chunky jumpers and lots of layers. Our tip for staying toasty is to stick to dresses in thick fabrics. Heavy weight materials like merino knit, double faced jersey, leather and jacquard are smart enough to keep you on the right side of professional, while warding off the cold.
In summer it’s the opposite problem. How do we stay cool without looking like we’re heading to the beach? This is where airy shirt dresses are your workwear saviours. Styles rendered in breathable cotton and whisper light chiffon are perfect as they’re breezy and non restrictive. Which means no more sweltering on your commute, hooray. Meanwhile A-line dresses in thinner fabrics like linen or silk that flare out over your figure are also a great for keeping you cool. Expert tip: keep an eye out for details like slits in the sides that create air ventilation. They make all the difference in hot temperatures.