The One Trick To Wear Your T-Shirt Dresses To Work

T-shirt dresses are our saving grace. The sack-like shape helps prevent fabric from clinging to our skin on a sweltering day. They're casual, yet put together. Breathable, but not overly revealing. Cute, but not trying too hard. When it comes to time off, there's rarely an item that trumps a T-shirt dress.

But when Sunday rolls around and you're starting to think about what to wear for the upcoming workweek, chances are your T-shirt dresses don't come to mind. Or so you thought. Yep, there's a simple way to make all of these loose-fitting frocks work for work: turn them into shirts.

For some of you, this might seem like an obvious trick. Dresses over pants have been on our radar since 2013. But the rise of longline tops has made T-shirt dresses the ultimate dress-over-pants option for the office (and also those OOO moments). In the slideshow ahead, we've shown you how exactly you should pair your dresses with your pants to give the former a more polished, work-appropriate look. Take a look and get ready to tee it up.

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The Striped T-Shirt Dress
A striped piece is a strong standalone piece — simply add a pair of sneakers. But when worn with cropped flares, the dress gets completely turned up a notch (and makes navigating through the workday a breeze). If your office has a stricter dress code, swap out the embellished socks for a pair that feels more appropriate.

Mih Jeans
Striped T-shirt Dress, $295, available at Farfetch.
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Make sure you choose a trouser that doesn't add too much bulk.

Zara Flared Trousers, $39.90, available at Zara.
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A bit of color plays well with black and white.

Camelia Roma Leather Backpack, $122.01, available at Camelia Roma.
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Tie that color back in with an embellished sock.

& Other Stories Studded Socks, $12, available at & Other Stories.
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Finish things off with a work-appropriate loafer.

Urban Outfitters Ivy Loafer, $59, available at Urban Outfitters.
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The Fancy T-Shirt Dress
While you could very well wear this dress to work without pants, adding a pair of similar-colored trousers creates a sleek, monochromatic look. Plus, you won't have to worry about your hemline all day.

Acne Studios
Rozalia T-shirt Dress, $500 $250, available at Matchesfashion.
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Try some texture with your bottoms.

Topshop Pleat Trousers, $60, available at Topshop.
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A short heel is always ideal for the office.

Loéil Taupe Socks Flat Heel, $62, available at Loéil.
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These sunglasses might just make the outfit.

Sunday Somewhere Pixie, $290, available at Sunday Somewhere.
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Go hands-free with a backpack.

Charles & Keith Two-way Backpack, $79, available at Charles & Keith.
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The Classic T-Shirt Dress
There's no T-shirt dress more classic than an all-white one with a pocket. However, my advice is to start looking at this piece as a longline tee, rather than as a dress. Style it with some rad pinstriped trousers (or any trousers, really). Obviously, this is the most casual of the bunch, so it's more ideal if you work in a more lax environment. If not, save this look for casual Friday.

T by Alexander Wang
Classic Jersey T-shirt Dress, $103, available at MyTheresa.
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These pants are expensive and epic. That being said, any pinstriped pair will do.

Loewe Pinstripe Wool Fisherman Trousers, $1,390, available at Nordstrom.
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Dream shoes.

Gucci Princetown Floral Duchesse Slipper, $595, available at Gucci.
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A hoop that's not too insane for the office.

Sorelle Alexandra Hoops, $80, available at Sorelle.
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Add a plain bag to keep things grounded.

Chell Minerva Cross Bag, $258, available at WConcept.