1. Dress, $79, from Klarra
Put a little pep back into your step with a joyfully bright yellow dress. The ribbons on each of the shoulder straps also add a bit of femininity to your look, without detracting from the overall minimalist cut.
2. Dress, $89, from Klarra
Ruching details take centre stage with this maroon dress. Fitted to your figure, the gathered fabric on each sleeve and around the waist area are just enough to add a bit of interest to your look. What we like about this dress is that the ruching is done in a measured fashion, so you don’t have to worry about your dress looking too puffy or bulky.
3. Dress, $49.90, from Mango
On paper, this dress is basically a black dress that is fitted around the waist and flares out into an A-line skirt. But the added long white sash changes up the whole look, because it instantly adds movement. Also, the contrast between the black dress and the white sash means that your waistline is highlighted, hence making you look slimmer.
4. Dress, $59.90, from Mango
This is the blue dress to wear to the office. Again, it looks deceptively plain, but as you move, the double-vented front will show off a little bit of leg. Plus, the flutter sleeves are flattering for women who want to hide their upper arms.
5. Dress, $69.90, from Zara
Admittedly, this dress is a little bit more out there than the other pieces in this gallery. The linebacker shoulders may not automatically appeal to everyone — and we get it — but once you slip it on, you’ll realise it’s not as daunting a design as you thought it would be. The wider shoulders help to balance out bottom-heavy figures, so you get a nice hourglass shape in the end.
6. Dress, $36.75, from Pomelo
Knit dresses aren’t the most groundbreaking addition to your closet, but we’d tell you to make an exception for this striped design. With the slanting bands of blue and green, it not only dresses up the simple pencil dress, it also leads the eye downwards and cheats your figure in the process to help you look more svelte.
7. Dress, $49, from The Editor's Market
Don’t want to have to deal with the discomfort of a fitted dress or having to squeeze into your shapewear? Opt for a tent dress instead! This design from The Editor’s Market features a flared-out back, which in turn allows you plenty of room to move around freely without having to fiddle with your dress. Accessorise with strappy sandals for day or a pair of statement earrings for a dinner engagement.
8. Dress, $57, from Warehouse
A tomato red dress will always look great at the office or at a party, and the added cut-outs on each side also help to set it apart. To help this dress truly pop, match your lipstick shade to it, and finish with gold heels.
9. Dress, $69.90, from Topshop
Black dresses will never fail you, and while it always helps to have a few more in your closet, having one too many of the same shift dress can be incredibly uninspiring. This satin number from Topshop steers clear of being boring, thanks to the sultry slit and the subtle slating seams on the front. All you need is a gorgeous clutch and you’re ready to roll.
10. Dress, $51.90, form Love, Bonito
Hunting for dresses that take you from the boardroom to the bar? This sleeveless pencil dress is a great option worth considering. The safe cut and colour makes it HR-approved, and that architectural ruffle cascading down the front makes it more interesting and sleek.