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Please could you recommend some work dresses?

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StealthPolarBear Sun 06-Mar-16 18:24:17

I tend to go for blac/ grey shades. I'm a size 14 and unadventurous in style terms. I just need something professional looking.

StealthPolarBear Sun 06-Mar-16 18:28:36

Ps I'm a lion tamer in the circus so no excessive dangle bits or zebra print.

BikeRunSki Sun 06-Mar-16 18:30:13

Have a look at Me and Em

I always get complimented when I wear one of their dresses, but I do tend to shop in the sales.

StealthPolarBear Sun 06-Mar-16 18:33:35

Hmm I've had a look and while there are some I love they are the less formal ones or navy (which I can't pull off).
Need to have another look though, the first few seems quite wide at the bottom (better description escapes me) do you think this means they're less formal? I do like them.

StealthPolarBear Sun 06-Mar-16 18:34:54

The vet first one for example. I love it but it's not formal work wear. ..or is it?
I have no sense of this stuff

StealthPolarBear Sun 06-Mar-16 18:47:13


StealthPolarBear Sun 06-Mar-16 18:47:30

I also really like dark green

swimster01 Sun 06-Mar-16 18:50:48

Have a look at John Lewis's own collection - the Jolie dress in grey (have tried this one) or the Hepburn which I did purchase

swimster01 Sun 06-Mar-16 18:52:15

Hobbs and M&S also good fortworkwear, especially dresses, depending upon budget

BikeRunSki Sun 06-Mar-16 18:54:02

I'd wear the first one to work. My problem with wearing dresses is that I never know what shoes to wear. Massive feet limits what actually fits, multiply sprained ankle limits what is comfortable, parking a mile away limits what is practical. And super chunky calfs limits what doesn't look ridiculous!

Pinkheart5915 Sun 06-Mar-16 18:55:49

Dorothy Perkins do some nice work style dresses

StealthPolarBear Sun 06-Mar-16 18:57:31

Thanks everyone, I will look at all these when kids in bed.
I tend to wear trainers and take posh shoes in a carrier bag. I've done this loads recently and get places so much faster when I'm not in my high heeled boots (currently roken zip) which are comfortable, but even they can't compete with my trainers grin

StealthPolarBear Sun 06-Mar-16 18:59:02

I'm happy to get one or two really smart ones and spend a bit of money on them (instead of wearing suits) and then a few cheaper ones for smart but not excessively so wear.
I am speaking at an event the week after next and have just realised all my 'smart' work clothes are past their best a bit.

underrugsswept Sun 06-Mar-16 19:00:44

Following this. I prefer to wear dresses for work but find it really hard to find ones I like. My favourite is from Monsoon but it's the first and last work dress I've ever seen in there!

ChablisTyrant Sun 06-Mar-16 19:02:46

I shop in Hobbs a lot. You might also want to look at Winser London for nice plain work dresses.

BikeRunSki Sun 06-Mar-16 23:17:03

[,en_GB,sc.html Jaeger Outlet]] often gets mentioned on here for workwear.

BikeRunSki Sun 06-Mar-16 23:17:31

Jaeger Outlet

bookishandblondish Sun 06-Mar-16 23:34:39

Expensive zone
Hugo Boss do really nice fine wool dresses which travel really well
Max Mara
Paul Smith
Matches/ out net are worth stalking to see what they have in their sales
I really like a label called Piazza Sempione but not widely available but lovely work dresses ( again, I only buy in sales)

High street
I can wear some Hobbs - most of their dresses hit my waist at a weird point and I look as though I'm auditioning for a jury garland role
John Lewis own label
LK Bennett although I think it's overpriced for what it is
Banana republic has some nice stuff but watch the labels

Finery/ Cos - nice clothes but I look a mess/ frump in them. Jaegar feels too old for me but my friend ( same age) can wear it and looks great.

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