1. Wear a dress over pants
To ace the look, stick to matching or complimenting colours. Avoid prints and patterns, as they will look too busy, and always use a dress that’s flowy.
2. Wear a shirt underneath
Layer a dress over a men’s shirt for an interesting play on proportions and tailoring.
3. Put on some ankle boots
Give your dresses a cooler feel when you wear them with ankle boots.
4. Mix up your jewellery
Architectural jewellery can work wonders on a simple dress. Try a sculptural necklace or an artistic brooch to freshen up your look.
5. Work with a standout bag
If you’re wearing a dull colour, adding a bright pop of colour through your bag can really uplift the overall appearance.
6. Mix and match different fabrics
If soft, floral and feminine dresses are your thing, it’s fun to mix it up once in a while by throwing on a structured jacket.
7. Experiment with a statement neckline
It’s an office, so a low neckline may not always work. In this case, go for a megawatt necklace or find a dress with an embellished neckline.
8. Look for cool details
Hardy details such as straps, studs and grommets not only add interest to a plain shift dress, they still remain apropos for the workplace.
9. Invest in fit
Sometimes, the easiest way to upgrade your dress is to take it to an experienced tailor and work with him/her to figure out how best to flatter your figure.
10. Go for a timeless look
Rather than schlep on a dress and call it a day, spend some time doing up your hair, choosing a ladylike bag and channeling your best impression of Audrey Hepburn. Trust us, your efforts won’t go unnoticed.
11. If you dare, wear a monochrome look
Head-to-toe colour isn’t for everyone, we’ll admit. However, if you’re daring enough, it will pay off. What’s more, you don’t have to use a colour as strong as red! Choose something more neutral like white or blue to start off.
12. Keep up with the trends
Sometimes, wearing something that’s trendy helps your work dress feel fresh. Our bet for the FW18 season? Scarf prints.