17 Fall Dresses You Can Wear To Work

If your job has a strict dress-code — or even a fairly strict one — you've probably found shopping to be a struggle. You either leave stores empty-handed (why buy something you can't wear to the office, right?), or you suddenly realize you're going overboard, building two completely different wardrobes: one for workwear, and one for, well, real life.

The best pieces, though, are those you can feel confident wearing to both a board meeting and a weekend brunch. And, since we already know that dresses are the easiest thing to throw on before running out the door, why not buy a bunch that work for weekdays and weekends, alike? Click on for 17 dresses you can wear pretty much everywhere. Saving time and money? Now that's a good look.
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A mod frock in a pinky-neutral hue feels both stylish and professional.
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If your office is cool, this touch-of-sheer dress is your new best friend.
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Two dresses in one — what more could you want?
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A shirtdress with a tie-waist makes getting dressed in the morning a no-brainer.
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Don't save your most impactful prints for after-hours. Bring them into the day — more specifically, into the office — via clean-lined dresses.
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There's no better time than fall to embrace the mock neck — especially in a cute, all-over paisley print.
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Pleats are made badass by a deep red hue and contrasting belt.
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Get double the wear out of your dresses by sporting shift silhouettes, like this one, over cropped trousers for an entirely different look.
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This fun twist on the classic shirtdress looks like you're wearing a skirt underneath. Talk about an all-in-one outfit.
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Midi-length is a safe bet for work, and you can make it feel more interesting by opting for a dress that has a trendy, high neckline and a bold pattern.
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As the seasons change, you'll want some of your dresses to be warm, too. Don't shy away from thicker fabrics — with tights and booties you'll be ready for fall's chillier days.
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Suede is another great texture to introduce into your autumn work wardrobe, especially in a long-sleeve variation.
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Go geek-chic with a geometric pattern — and don't be afraid to pair it with a menswear-inspired loafer and some bold glasses (with clear lenses if you don't need the Rx; we won't tell).
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Photo: Courtesy of The Outnet.
Give a professional dress a little "umph" with some exposed-zipper details.
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For the minimalist, a sleek and simple silhouette in a muted watercolor print works perfectly under a simple black blazer.
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Photo: Courtesy of Zara.
Take the question, "Why are you so dressed up today?" as a compliment.
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Feel free to twirl down the hallways at the office in this one.

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