Tory Burch long-sleeve patchwork silk midi-dress
Nicholas button-front linen sundress
Self Portrait two-tone floral-print crepe midi-dress
Staud Harper midi shirtdress
Eliza J geo-print belted shirtdress
Theory Ribbon stripe cotton shirtdress
Maje knit dress
Topshop tie-waist midi shirtdress
Saloni Bianca puff-sleeve silk midi-dress
Jason Wu Collection floral-stripe cotton and silk dress
DVF Maia asymmetrical sheath dress
Zara belted shirtdress
Marina Moscone striped cotton-poplin midi-dress
Carolina Herrera floral-print stretch cotton shirtdress
Prada polka-dot short-sleeve dress
Sea Ella floral puff-sleeve minidress
Rosetta Getty apron-wrap cotton shirtdress
Stine Goya Kirsten paisley midi-dress
Bottega Veneta pleated linen midi-dress
Tibi stripe twill midi-dress
Rebecca Taylor textured scallop-detail fit-and-flare dress
With summer in full swing, shopping for new work clothes is probably the last thing you want to do. But as the end-of-season sales ramp up, it’s actually a good time to shift your focus from swimsuits and spritzes to elegant, transitional office pieces (just for a few minutes—promise!). They don’t have to be complicated or stuffy, either. In fact, no matter where you work—whether it’s at a fashion magazine, a tech start-up, or in a more formal law office—a simple, no-fuss dress will almost always fit the bill.
If you’re in the market for a dress you can buy and wear now, consider something in lightweight cotton, like Sea’s puffed-sleeve floral frock. The dark print and modest neckline keep it office-friendly, and you can easily swap ballet flats for strappy sandals if you’re heading straight from your desk to happy hour. Meanwhile, Tibi’s striped midi dress and Zara’s belted shirtdress are polished enough for your 9-to-5 yet breezy enough for a quick trip to the beach.
Interviewing for a new job? You can’t go wrong with an LBD, and there are plenty of summer-ized options to choose from, including Proenza Schouler’s T-shirt style and a mod number by Maje. Stock up on these and all of the best summer work dresses above.