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Work Dresses

(31 Posts)
wineagain Sat 18-Mar-17 16:56:00

I wonder if anyone can help? I am in a senior position at work and usually wear the next type shift dresses. Easy to buy, fit me well.

However, after a few years of buying them they just don't have any new types and I need to get out of the rut of wearing black shift dresses. The problem is I can't find any ..... there must be loads out there I am just not sure where to look. I want something not too loud but not black or blue.


balancingfigure Sat 18-Mar-17 17:00:10

Well a bit more expensive than Next, but better quality, I used to go for Hobbs and LKBennet

Pestilentialone Sat 18-Mar-17 17:09:50

Dependant on your colouring this dress is a step away from blue, black and polyester.

Whisky2014 Sat 18-Mar-17 17:14:30

Wallis dresses are nice for work

lakehouse Sat 18-Mar-17 17:27:06

Hobbs are a staple of every woman's wardrobe in my work. Wear well, wash well, flattering cut and reasonably priced- 100 a dress on average.

SingingGoldfinch Sat 18-Mar-17 17:49:14

Following with interest as I'm also stuck in a bit of a workwear rut. I have quite a few Next items but agree that they a very 'samey' and boring. I also have a few Boden items which are generally more interesting and last really well. I also love Hobbs but only sale shop there - have to say that even with a well-paid job I don't consider £100 for a work dress 'reasonable'!! shock

wineagain Sat 18-Mar-17 18:27:11

Thanks, for all the suggestions

Will definitely have a look at Hobbs - love the yellow dress - just need to be brave and move away from the black/blue/grey wardrobe smile

chocoshopoholic Sat 18-Mar-17 18:31:08

I have a few phase 8 dresses as work wear.

leadrightfoot Sat 18-Mar-17 19:45:23

Jaeger works well. Admittedly more for summer but have some brighter blues and block colours
Also Ralph Lauren knitted dresses can work

Whisky2014 Sat 18-Mar-17 19:46:19

Seriously, wallis. They always have sales on too

Dozer Sat 18-Mar-17 19:48:41

£100 and dry clean only isn't reasonably priced in my book.

LK Bennett is even more expensive.

Glossolalia Sat 18-Mar-17 19:50:35

I find Boden dresses work really well for this.

I love their dresses. They fit really well and wash well, too.

MotherOfDragon Sat 18-Mar-17 19:54:03

I bought a beautiful navy work dress from Massimo Dustin last week

Lexilooo Sat 18-Mar-17 19:54:36

Try planet, kaliko or precis they all have nice smart clothes.

EllaHen Sat 18-Mar-17 19:54:43

I bought a couple of dresses from here the last time they had a sale:


Wow - I love them. They are my 'go to' dresses whenever I need confidence.

So cheap in the sale too.

Other than that, Boden sale dresses are my friends. smile

EllaHen Sat 18-Mar-17 19:58:01

I have the Aria and the Sharia. They are £55 full price but I think I paid £17 each plus postage for them. Worth bookmarking and checking every now and then for their sale.

KatharinaRosalie Sun 19-Mar-17 07:01:09

I wear a lot of Baukjen - more expensive than Next, but they have good sales.

user1468843101 Sun 19-Mar-17 08:47:26

I have a number from Boden and they wash really well, don't need ironing and are super flattering. I'm not sure on how to paste links, but if you search "honor" "Elsa" and "ruched detail" on the Boden website I have these dresses for work.

NewPantsforaNewYear Sun 19-Mar-17 08:54:05

Jaeger Outlet is a great site for quality pieces at good prices.
How about something like this shirt dress?

FinallyHere Sun 19-Mar-17 08:56:30

Coming a bit late to this thread, I'm surprised that hush hasn't been mentioned yet

ceeveebee Sun 19-Mar-17 09:00:39

I buy my work clothes from jaegar outlet, banana republic, Boden and Hobbs

cheminotte Sun 19-Mar-17 09:04:51

Phase 8 is good for wash and wear dresses. I go for patterned dress with plain jacket. I also have a lovely one from Mango.

rubybleu Sun 19-Mar-17 09:13:35

Hobbs is my staple for work. I think easily 80% of my work wardrobe comes from there - shift dresses and a few blouses, skirts and jackets. It's generous if you are a bit bigger in the hips unlike Reiss and Phase 8.

I buy either in the sales, wait for 20% off, or on eBay. You can pick up dresses for £20-30 in pristine condition.

Petal02 Sun 19-Mar-17 10:24:32

I'm always on the look out for work dresses, they're so easy to wear. Next used to be brilliant, but not so good lately. This thread is very useful!

Petal02 Sun 19-Mar-17 10:32:16

PS - I've just checked out Hush, all their dresses seem very casual, do they ever do anything slightly more fitted/corporate?

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