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Top 10 Professional Work Dresses

Classic And Professional Work Dresses Reviewers Love

Classic And Professional Work Dresses Reviewers Love

For those of you that work in a more professional office environment, finding the right wear-to-work dress can be challenging. It needs to be stylish but conservative; quality made, and classic enough that it's worth your hard-earned dollars. That's precisely why we put our algorithm to work, searching for the 10 best professional work dresses, factoring in user reviews, best-seller lists, editorial recommendations, and more. Below you will find 10 dresses that will have you walking into the boardroom, office, panel presentation, or courtroom with confidence. Including short sleeve styles, 3/4 sleeve dresses, and sleeveless options (to pair with your favorite blazer, of course), there is undoubtedly a dress to suit your style. Whether you're just getting started in your career or are a top executive with years of experience, a new dress is always a worthy investment. Scroll down to shop and find your new favorite go-to style today! Opening image: mmlafleur.com

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April 17, 2019

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The Rankings

T Tahari Tonya Pleat-Shoulder Dress
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T Tahari Tonya Pleat-Shoulder Dress

USERS SAID: "It is very figure flattering, yet gives enough to sit. Definitely more than a 'stand and look good' dress. It covers where you need to be covered without being matronly."

STYLE WITH: Effortlessly versatile, you can change up your entire look with just a blazer and a few colorful accessories.

Tahari Star Neckline Crepe Sheath Dress

LOVED FOR: A statement neckline complemented by the channel-stitched shoulders and waistband

BEST FOR: Having some fun with your fashion in a more conservative work environment

Ann Taylor The Split-Neck Sheath Dress

BEST FOR: Taking you from work to a cocktail party with just a few accessories

USERS SAID: "The design is gorgeous and so classic. The material feels very well made and this will definitely be a staple in my wardrobe... The length and the fit of the rest of the dress is perfect!"

Black Halo Kensington Dress

WHY YOU NEED IT: Kate Middleton would be proud to rock this frock (especially since the Royals have worn this brand before).

STYLE WITH: Allow the collar to stand out by keeping your accessories simple—just add some drop earrings and a pair of strappy heels.

M.M. LaFleur The Etsuko Dress

WHY YOU NEED IT: Versatile in both style and season, this dress will become your new go-to for everything.

HELPFUL TIP: Love this LBD? You can grab it in nine other colors.

J.Crew Portfolio Dress

USERS SAID: "The weight of the fabric is heavy enough that it is quite structured, and the lines are just perfect, but I think it will also be comfortable in summer. It will look great alone, under a blazer, with a sweater or with a collared shirt under. I also imagine I'll be able to dress it up or down so that it's an easy day-to-night piece... Considering buying all of the colors before it sells out."

LOVED FOR: Four words: Tailored, textured, trendy, and timeless

Theory Classic Power Dress

LOVED FOR: The flattering fit and timeless design

HELPFUL TIP: This dress is available in solid black and a classic navy pinstripe

M.M. LaFleurThe Tory Dress

WHY YOU NEED IT: This dress is basically a simpler wrap dress, without the potential wardrobe malfunctions.

STYLE WITH: A pair of classic pumps and simple jewels (think studs and a bracelet or two).

Black Halo Jackie O Belted Midi Dress

USERS SAID: "True to size, well-made and very consistent from color to color/fabric to fabric (I own more than one). Tailored and classic. Indestructible fabric that travels great."

AS SEEN ON: Meghan Markle has been photographed wearing this dress (and so have countless other celebs, like Kim K).

J.Crew Resume Dress

USERS SAID: "This dress is a staple to any professional women's wardrobe. The fabric is stretchy and light, but durable and soft... Really gave me the confidence I needed at my presentation! No complaints with this dress."

STYLE WITH: A simple statement necklace and coordinating pumps

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