Maxi dresses for work

Friday, March 16, 2012

Last year I posted about the perfect maxi dress for work and now I am on the lookout for another.

For the office, I think, it is best if your maxi dress covers your shoulders, is modest and is minimal.

There are thousands of maxi dresses available but the vast majority are strapless or sleeveless, floral or heavily patterned and voluminous.

Here are the office-friendly maxi's on my list (the ones nearer the bottom on my 'if only' list).

Casual T-Shirt Maxi Dress
New Look £14.99
Simple shape, neutral colour - the possibilities with this are endless. A cute cardigan would work equally as well as a blazer for the office, but this wouldn't look out of place slung on over a bikini on the beach too… win, win.

Mariella Belted Long Sleeve Maxi Dress
Missguided £19.99
Simple shape, long sleeves - easy to accessorise. A great wardrobe staple and the sleeves will save you on those typically English summer days when the sun spends most of it's time behind the clouds.

Navy White Stripe Cotton Jersey Maxi Dress
Laura Ashley £67.50
I adore stripes in all guises, especially when they come in the form of an empire line with clashing stripes - perfect for hiding an after lunch tummy. It's also smart without being to 'buttoned up'.

Splendid Maritime Stripe Maxi Dress
shopbop, £91.45
This is perhaps a little casual for work but you could hide the tie waist under a belt and smarten it up with a lightweight blazer. I love the stripes and simple t shirt shape.

Full Circle Kasumi Cap Sleeve Maxi Dress
House of Fraser £110.00
Okay, so technically this is more of a midi than a maxi but isn't it lovely? And, technically, it doesn't have sleeves but the neck is high enough to compensate (am I clutching at straws here?). The stripes and blocks of yellow are just too lovely not to have included this dress!

Ella Moss Chelsea Striped Maxi Dress
shopbop £104.70
I really don't think that this dress needs any explanation...

Tucker Floor Length Dress
shopbop £267.05
For me this is THE perfect maxi dress for work. It's the colour, sleeve length, neckline and even the buttons that make it so. What's more after work you can undo a few buttons, add some jewellery and sandals and it would be transformed into a gorgeous evening outfit. I want this dress.

So there it is, my (wish)list for an office maxi dress. Which ones take your fancy?

Images from New Look / MissGuided / Laura Ashley / House of Fraser / shopbop

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  1. My personal favourite is the Laura Ashley dress, but they all tick the boxes for me (although the two neon numbers from missguided are pushing the 'acceptable for work' brief). I love the idea of maxi's for the office. You could easy rock each one of these Hazel x

  2. I still need to embrace maxi dresses! I love the New Look one. It looks perfect for work. And you could add a fun belt/accessories to make it stand out.

    1. Sherin, you'd look fab in a maxi! They are so easy to accessories to create different looks, I need more maxis in my life :)

  3. I am yet to find the maxi dress that doesn't make me look 7 months pregnant. People keep telling me they'd be great for me as I'm already a tall person but so far no luck. And yet I seem unable to give it up and I keep....on.....searching...

    1. They are worth the search! The other day I was having an 'I have nothing to wear day'... a maxi, ballet flats and a scarf later and I was good to go and I felt fab all day.

  4. I bought a maxi-dress that is like a combo of the Laura Ashley, Shopbop and other Shopbop one! It's brilliant and I love it!!! Chuffed that mine was so inexpensive in comparison!

    1. That sounds fab. Where did you get that from? (always on the lookout for a bargain).

  5. Hello,

    Where can I buy these type of maxi dresses in America?

  6. Beautiful maxi dresses collection, thanks for sharing.


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