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I guess it depends on your budget, what's small to some is a large amount to others. My main staples are Karen Millen for dresses and tops, with trousers and blazers from Zara. They do a great range of colours which brighten up a capsule black/white wardrobe.
I mostly go with next for basic tailored black/ navy/ grey dresses.
I find supermarkets do absolute gems every so often so it's worth keeping an eye on sainsuburys and tesco site. But of course that's something for when you want to build it up and not start from scratch.
Have a couple of key pieces from the reiss sale.
Other than that I'm following with interest because I feel my work wardrobe could do with an update.
I buy a lot of fitted jersey dresses from Phase Eight, you have to battle through the "mother of the bride" frocks but I've had a few from there that wash well, are comfortable (stretchy!) but look smart. I've just bought a few in the sale too, around £45ish.
I mainly go fitted jersey dresses ideally with a bit of ruching at the stomach like these. I got these a few years ago now so they'll no longer be in stock but you get the idea. I wear with a blazer or fitted cardigan if I'm feeling a bit bloated or cold.
Jaegar Outlet (though better for knitted winter dresses), Hobbs Outlet (online or in store), White stuff jersey dresses in the sales for my dress down days in the office. I have got two Baujken dresses but I haven't worn them yet. East sale too - often has jersey dresses.
If you go to the clearance section of JL you can see everything in your size if you narrow it down with the filters. I have bought dresses for as little as £20 in the sales this year (East, Jaegar and White Stuff) and a lovely a line wool hobbs skirt and merino roll neck for £38 for the two.
I get mine from Esprit, M&S and And Other Stories (in the sale). I mostly like fitted jersey or ribbed, nothing loose or too structured because things that fit in the boobs don't tend to fit elsewhere.
Outlets. LKB, Jaeger, Hobbs have the best dresses but they are pricy. If you are happy in last year's (and I am as I have frocks that are 6-7 years old) then hit their outlets. They are more expensive than M&S, Next, etc but last without seating or going shiny / bobbly.