How to Style a Summer Dress for Work

Here at Ever-Pretty, we can’t get enough of fun and stylish summer dresses. But why should you have to save them for the weekend? With a little creativity and some professional accessories, there’s a way to rock a sundress to work while making your look it office-appropriate (and totally on-trend). Read on for our tips on how to upgrade your summer wear to adorable work wear.

white floral short summer dress

 

With a shorter, printed dress, it’s important to de-emphasize the amount of leg showing while still showing off the stylish print. For a dress like this, try building your look with black flats and a blazer to both frame your dress and add some office-appropriate and sophisticated edge. Don’t want to go entirely monochrome? Try accessorizing with a blazer in a pop color for a look that’ll definitely stand out.

 maxi black floral dress

 

 

Maxi dresses are a great casual summer staple, but they can easily transition to office-appropriate workwear as well! Our biggest tips? Rock a professional shoe with a closed toe and wear something tailored on top to define your waist and add some structure, like a blazer. Try wearing your hair in an updo instead of down for an added bit of sophistication for this bohemian-meets-working-girl look. If your maxi is ultra-flowy, a waist-defining element like a belt might be a good accessory as well.

 

white embroidered halter dress

 

With a dress like this that already has some structure, building a look is less about formalizing and more about following its lead. Try this floral fitted dress with some mules and a cardigan for a feminine and flirty take on elegant work wear. A structured satchel bag in a contrasting color is the perfect accessory to add to get that Brit-girl chic look.

 

printed off shoulder dress

 

A knee length, off-the-shoulder dress is easy to incorporate into a work wardrobe. If you’re working with a dress like this with a neckline that skims just a bit too low for the office, try a same-color slip underneath to make the deep V a little less deep. That way, you’ll get all of the chic, adorable aspects of this look without having to worry about any potential bra slippage. We recommend pairing this dress with classic pumps, a large tote, and simple, dainty jewelry so the embellishment can take center stage. Just add a basic cardigan for an ultra-cute office look.

 

With the right accessories and balance, almost any of your favorite dresses can be made into an office-appropriate look. Striking the right balance between structure and style is key, and something as simple as a closed-toe shoe, sweater, or blazer can totally transform a sundress into something more sophisticated. With these style tips, it’s easy to rock a summery look to the office this season while keeping it 100% professional. And since these pieces are so versatile, it’s easy to shop your favorite resort dresses here at Ever-Pretty with zero guilt. And with our affordable prices and top quality dresses in every cut, color, and style, you’ll probably want more than one. Shop our collection of breezy and fun summer dresses and wear them any day of the week!