After what felt like 50 years of winter, summer is finally here (Memorial Day weekend being the benchmark). This means many things. Among them: (1) it’s time to finalize vacay plans and update that OOO message and (2) it’s time to stock up on throw-on-and-go summer dresses that are (somehow) both unconstraining and office-appropriate.
Needless to say, the definition of “office-appropriate” varies from job to job, but generally speaking, a good summer work dress should be cheery enough to match your mood, modest enough to please HR, lightweight and loose enough that you’re not drenched in sweat by the time you reach your desk, easily layered (should you have an oppressive office A.C. or a strict no-shoulders dress code) and versatile, so that you can easily switch up your shoes, swipe on some makeup and make a beeline to the rooftop to meet your friends the instant the clock strikes 6.
Above, you’ll find 25 summer work dresses that meet all these qualifications (some are more conservative-leaning, some more creative-gig-geared). As a bonus, the Memorial Day sales are now in full effect, which means even the pricier options are generously marked down.