Office dresses to help you stand out from the CBD crowd (in a good way)

It’s that age-old dilemma that goes through your mind almost every day – what to wear for work? You may actually have enough office dresses, but there’s something about wearing the same things in your wardrobe too frequently that gets on one’s nerves.

There’s no need to keep reaching for the same old blogshop dress you bought years ago now. We’ve curated this list of office dresses which will not only inject a breath of fresh air into your wardrobe, but will also make you stand out in the office crowd (in a good way)!

1. Introduce lace

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You may associate lace with casual evening dresses but with a dress that has an office-appropriate cut, lace can give it an elegant touch. Try something like this three-quarter sleeved office dress features an elegant V-neckline.

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2. Try faux two-piece

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This office dress offers the illusion of a two-piece outfit, but both halves are attached via a waist sash fastening. What this means is that you’ll achieve a classic office look, with the convenience and comfort of a dress. Win!

Price: SGD80.90, click here to shop.

3. Flare details

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Flare sleeves are back in trend again and incorporating it into your office dress gives it a playful touch.

Price: SGD52.90, click here to shop.

4. Plaids can work

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Gingham shirts may be associated with casual dressing, but put the classic print on a dress with a good cut, and it becomes work-appropriate without looking rigid. We’re sure an office dress like this will brighten everyone’s work day.

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5. Don’t be afraid of bold prints

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Who says office dresses always have to be monochromatic? Bold prints are perfect for all kinds of days: it accentuates your bright mood, or gives you a quick perk-me-up when you’re feeling down.

Price: SGD79.90

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6. Flute sleeves for feminine professionalism

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Flute sleeves on office dresses give off a chic vibe without taking away from your professionalism. It can scream fashionable while also remaining solidly work-appropriate.

Price: SGD55.90

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7. Pleated dresses give a youthful touch

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Pleated dresses and skirts have been all the rage this year, and we love that they’re also appropriate for the office. They’re elegant, classy, and always sashays flatteringly when you walk – what more can you ask for?

Price: SGD34.90

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8. Dress-down Fridays can be interesting too

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Want to dress down for the office but without looking overly casual? This gathered midi dress is everything you need. It is reversible and features a button and waist tie fastening.

Price: SGD39.90

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9. Shoulder-baring has become acceptable

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This may not be so accepted in a corporate environment, but if your office has a more casual dress code, then feel free to explore off-shoulder tops and dresses. Remember to bring a shawl if your office is chilly!

Price: SGD97.90

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10. Dare to use bold colours

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Besides bold prints, you can also perk up your day with some bold colours. Don’t be shy to rock some solid, eye-popping colours in the office, just make sure you own it.

Price: SGD34.90

Available in 3 colours.

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11. Jumpsuits are classy

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Jumpsuits have become a very viable alternative to dresses, and can now hold their own even at formal events, so why not for work as well?

Price: SGD54.90

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12. Watercolours aren’t just for children

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Who says office dresses have to be always serious and boring? Prove them wrong with this watercolour-themed cold shoulder midi dress.

Price: SGD53.90

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13. Freezing office? Go with stylish long sleeves

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This dress is perfect for the days when the aircon in your office is really freezing, or when you simply want a relaxed fit dress that still looks serious and presentable.

Price: SGD74.90

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14. Ruffles and cold shoulders

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Give the cold shoulder trend a fun, floral spin with this high-necked design.

Price: SGD21.55

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15. Pull off lace and crochet

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In the mood for something fancy? This may not be an everyday office dress, but it’s certainly a great statement piece for those days when you need an extra oomph in your style.

Price: SGD30.17

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16. Asymmetric hems are an easy way to stand out

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Simple, stylish, and so comfortable. Office dresses should be more like this.

Price: SGD56.03

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17. Don’t be afraid of unconventional details

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This is probably more for dress-down days in the office, but we love the quirky style of this Tea Dress.

Price: SGD36.64

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18. Asymmetry doesn’t apply to hems only

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Asymmetry has been in trend for a very long time, and this dress takes it to the next level.

Price: SGD20.47

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19. Puffy shoulders are making a comeback

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The fashion cycle is going back to the 80’s with this modern take on puff sleeves, coupled with an elegant, simple floral print.

Price: SGD22.63

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20. Simplicity with tiny details

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Need something comfortable, affordable, but can also double up as an office dress? This piece from Lazada’s Taobao Collection has you covered.

Price: SGD9.80

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21. Subtle throwback to your beach resort holiday

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Who says beach dresses are only for the beach? Seeing this dress in the office would seem perfectly natural to us.

Price: SGD10.90

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22. V-necks can also be work-appropriate

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This dress is an affordable option for those who want tot ry out the flare sleeve trend. The prints are muted brown, which are universally flattering.

Price: SGD15.20

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23. A relaxed dress can make your day better

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Going on a holiday soon? Wear this to work to say hello to your vacation in style.

Price: SGD11.10

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