The enjoyment of our work attire is contingent on two things: how comfortable it is and how long it takes us to get dressed in the morning. If we're out of bed and the door in 30 minutes, we're in the clear. (Hey, we need time to factor in our coffee in the a.m.). So when it comes to optimized composure with minimal effort, shirtdresses are our go-to. They're easy, professional, and naturally put-together — the blessed workwear trifecta. And they certainly don't have to be boring. To prove it, we found 17 button-downs that keep our 9-to-5 fresh, so you can pour your energy elsewhere (like, say, your actual work). Click through for some very sleek upgrades.
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Poplin that pops.
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Because it's too hot for sleeves.
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You're always ready for adventure — your trench dress proves it.
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A long button-down that's good for your off-duty wardrobe, too.
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Be the most on-theme person at the company picnic.
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The flat collar keeps the neckline nice and steady.
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Can't make it to the garden during your lunch break? Bring the flora to you.
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Swoosh, there it is!
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The orange check gives this collared dress a youthful feel.
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That sheen looks good, even under harsh office lighting.
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Go out for a midday twirl in this voluminous number.
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The casual details on this silhouette — a spread collar, button-tab roll-up sleeves, front pockets — get major polish thanks to this dress' 100% silk composition.
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It should be illegal to look this good while feeling so comfortable at the same time — but, hey, that's what this dress will do.