Non-frumpy work dresses you can put your own stamp on

When trying to look professional it doesn't mean you have to wear the most conservative and dull dress you can find in order to look and feel appropriate.  Looking striking and individual but still occasion appropriate will get you noticed and put a stride in your step. Most people I work with really don't want to look or feel too formal and frumpy (God forbid!) and want to seem approachable as well as feel comfortable too, comfort is crucial. Finding dresses that are comfortable but cool and polished too is the goal. If you stick to simple dresses without pattern then it's easier to add personality with accessories and shoes and individualise your look.

I love Club Monaco for tailored but cool choices. Club Monaco are part of Ralph Lauren and all about very simple tailoring.



Libby London specialise in effortless style with a distinctive edge for the office. As we come into Summer, a shirt dress will be a great addition to your wardrobe. The teal is a beautiful colour and the off white wool/linen mix shirt dress will be great ramped-up and individualised with some strong accessories or some bright killer heels.

Finally, the perfect denim dress for the office for Summer! OK, if you work in a very corporate office then denim may not work, even this very smart thick cotton denim. However most work places now have a smart casual dress code and this will work really beautifully - it has sleeves too which is a winner. Great if you're curvy, has vintage flair and would work with heels or flats.

All these dresses would work with a suede shoe in a strong colour and LK Bennett have a brilliant selection in loads of colours:


Lisa Gillbe is a personal shopper and stylist. If you want help with your wardrobe this season we have slots available from May. Get in touch for a chat to see how Lisa can help.