Dressing for the office is a subtle art. When done right, every item of business attire makes an impression, long after your meetings are over for the day.
Unique looks are a must to stand out from the crowd in this space, and there’s always a style to fit the role. Skirt length, neckline and sleeves are all factors at play for the business wardrobe, and a little thought and TLC goes a long way.
Our love of the distinctive has driven us to stock amazing styles in the Little Blackbird collection, and we’re all about sharing the secrets to work-appropriate designs that make you look and feel a million bucks.
Follow the guidelines below and be 'in the know' with what’s hot and what's not for business. Be sure to check out our designer collection for more ideas. This blog is dedicated to dresses, but there’s so, so much more in store!
Midis are a must for the business wardrobe
Skirt length is one of the first factors for choosing formal designs. Just above the knee, or at mid-calf is ideal for getting that svelte, feminine look without going over the top.
Midis are especially flattering for this form. Hitting under the knee, they show off a pair of heels and a stunning figure without giving away too much. A sleeveless design is gorgeous for spring and summer, and has the added bonus of day-to-night elegance. For the day part, a blazer worn over the top hides bare shoulders and has that professional vibe. At night, simply take the jacket off and showcase the classy design in full.
A grey or neutral colour is great to break up a black-based palette, pairing easily with navy, slate or even a striking emerald green for that out-of-the ordinary element.
A design like this one is stunning for spicing up conservative attire in a tasteful manner that doesn’t tip the edge. The v neck is classic, feminine and balanced out by the length and three-quarter sleeves. Tailoring is what makes this design look fabulous on the figure, all ladylike and sharp with classy charm.
You might also like to add a style like the Delfino Twist Midi to your closet for another versatile option. The sage colour, interesting cut and flowy sleeve make this piece original, ideal for both offices and parties. Paired with a beige, navy, or black blazer, the sweetheart neck stands out under the jacket.
These are just a few examples of the kind of dresses we recommend for that sleek business chic style. You really can’t go wrong with a midi in your collection, especially as they’re perfect for more than one occasion. There are a few rules to follow – but the above is a good idea of what to shop for, and puts you on the path to defining your own corporate look where it counts.
Not so corporate? Keep these guides in mind
While the styles we outlined above are universally appropriate across many industries, not every workplace is super corporate. Smart casual is a thing, so dream to get creative with the 9 to 5 grind.
Try dresses with a-line skirts or something a little flowy. As always, going just above the knee or below is a safe option for the environment – and leave the slits for after dark.
V necks, sweethearts, round necks, square and asymmetrical styles are all top details that work perfectly when a little restraint is shown. It’s possible to be modest and sexy all at once, so covering up can pay off a lot. Our rule of thumb for that classy ladylike effect is: one revealing element, then cover up the rest. Balance is key, so flaunt a little in a way that flatters a lot.
Take these tips as a guideline for your collection, and feel free to check out our boutique for your next special addition. Look to our Instagram if you need a dash of inspo – or better yet, visit our Berwick store for in-person recommendations and fittings.