5 Essential Office Dresses You Need for Work!
Admit it ladies, we all have those wear-the-first-thing-you-see-in-your-closet moments. Maybe it’s because your boss suddenly texted you saying you have a last minute early meeting, or maybe you’re not feeling well and just can’t be bothered. *cough OR maybe you just woke up late cough* Whatever it may be, it’s important to have essential office dresses so you can always look good under any circumstance! Here are 5 work dresses that’ll require minimum effort to give you maximum style!
Office Dress 1: Ruffled Dress
A statement in itself, ruffled dresses are life-savers. You don’t need much to pull off this one! Mules would be a great choice to pair it with; adding elegance and poise to your look. Plus, it’s perfect for meetings and presentations with your clients. Throw on a well-fitted blazer if your dress is sleeveless and you need a little more cover up, it’ll make you feel powerful anyway. Some ruffled dresses are a tad too casual though, so just try avoiding those for work!
Office Dress 2: Shift Dress
The definition of simple and chic. Shift dresses are everyone’s go-to because it’s the safest option out there, but that doesn’t have to mean boring! Try printed shift dresses, or layer up with necklaces for plain ones. What’s even better is that you can bring this look with you straight for a night-out! Just swap your usual handbag to clutches and you’re good to go.
Office Dress 3: Black and White Dress
You can’t really go wrong with black and white dresses. In fact, you can’t go wrong with black and white. It’s the most classic of colour combinations, and it fits office settings really well. If you need a pop of colour, try bright heels or a coloured blazer to balance it out. Monochrome goes well with any colour, so you have the license to experiment as you please!
Office Dress 4: High Neck Dress
Will it be too hot? Maybe. Will it be worth the heat? Absolutely. High-neck dresses ooze grace and make you look incredibly polished. Just like ruffled dresses, they don’t require much styling. Simple pumps and your usual handbag are good enough to complement it. If you are worried about the heat (it is Malaysia, after all), collared dresses - the midi ones, please - have the same effect.
Office Dress 5: Slip Midi Dress
No, do not wear this on its own. At least, not to the workplace. Instead, wear with a simple tee or blouse underneath. Not only is this a trend of the season, it’s something different! Just make sure you’re properly covered at the right places (as slip dresses tend to be thinner), so always remember to double check. If you feel this look is too casual, wear em’ on a Friday (casual Fridays, right?) or elevate the look by wearing a working blouse beneath it instead.
5 Magical Cocktail Dresses & How To Style Them
You’ve been working 9-5 all week (sometimes even working over time!) and just when you feel like running away from all responsibilities, you hear the one word we all look forward to every week: Friday. Whether it’s out for a quick drink with your girlfriends or a romantic dinner with your beau, we all need a little pick-me-up every now and then, and what better way to celebrate it than in a sizzling cocktail dress?
The Sheer Dress
Sheer cocktail dresses are the ultimate balance for when you don’t want to show too much skin, but still want to look sexy. Because they’re made of light materials, you might want to bring an extra pair of coat or sleek kimono in case it gets chilly. Pair with killer stilettos for that extra oomph! Oh, and a little bonus tip: do wear the right inner-wear because you know, it being see-through and all. You get the idea.
The Bodycon Dress
A lot of us avoid the bodycon dress because we all have this idea that it’s only for the slim or someone with 0% fat. Such is not the case, ladies! Wear a bodycon cocktail dress no matter what size you are! Pair with classic black heels to complete the look. Minimise your accessories if your dress comes with a lot of detail. Let it speak for itself!
The Printed Dress
Florals, aztec, colour block… printed cocktail dresses are fantastic for those last minute events where your friends are dragging you to a party and they’re not taking no for an answer. Printed pieces look great on their own, and don’t require any additional styling. A simple hair-do and low-heels should do the trick!
The Little Black Dress
You can’t possibly think we left this one out, did ya? Leave no classics behind! LBDs, short for little black dress (I’m sure you know this by now), are so versatile and effortless that it’s branded the must-have outfit in every woman’s closet. LBDs and nude pumps go hand-in-hand, but you can occasionally swap it with some bright heels. You can bring along a matching clutch too!
The Sequin Dress
“All that glitters is not gold,” says the person that has NEVER worn a sequin dress before. Jokes aside, sequin dresses are reserved for that fancy event that finally is coming along, and you want to go all out for! Wear with mules and a little purse that you can sling over your shoulders. If you can, do avoid anything else that shines or glitters. Other than that, be prepared to be the centre of attention!
Need more inspo on what to wear to other events? Check out how to style your outfit from workwear to partywear!
Ripped Jeans For Women: The Chic-est Ways To Style Them
Whoever came up with ripped jeans was either lazy (to fix the jeans) or a genius. We’ll go with the latter. Back then, jeans with holes in them was a sign of either bad quality or some sort of misfortune; but now it’s a staple in our very own wardrobes. But hey, we ain’t complaining! With so many variations to choose from - distressed jeans, bleached jeans, boyfriend jeans - we’ll find the perfect pairings to go with it for you
Ripped: Distressed Jeans
As opposed to the clean-cut jeans, these are grungy and bold. Not really appropriate for the office, but definitely great for off-days. You might want to refrain from wearing it for outdoor activities, your jeans are distressed enough as it is!. Pair with a vintage tank top or a plain tee, depending on what look you’re going for! Monochrome tank tops complement it best as it adds a more vintage feel, but if you’re not into that, a white tee works just as well.
Ripped: Boyfriend Jeans
Typically looser and hangs perfectly around the waist, ripped boyfriend jeans are the perfect answer to your “what-should-I-wear-to-parties” question. They’re fun, flirty and carries a certain edge to it. To bring it up a notch, wear with bomber jackets and a crop top. A great blend of macho-ness and femininity, you’ll be the life of any party!
Ripped: Bleached Jeans
No, it’s not out of style if Kim K’s still wearing it. Need more proof? Maybe Taylor will change your mind. Bleached jeans can either be in a tie-dye form (meaning jeans with bleached patches) or jeans in a lighter wash than the usual denims. (They’ll look slightly more faded than regular ones!) Whichever it is, it sure adds an 80s vibe to any regular pair. Channel it with flowy tops and comfy cardigans. The perfect lazy day outfit, but the twist is that you still look dressed up! Score.
Ripped: Skinny Jeans
The more polished one among all, ripped skinny jeans are versatile and edgy. They’re good for night-outs, even better for casual brunches. For a few drinks with your girls, a simple peplum top would complete the look, along with a matching clutch. For weekend days out, those fitting jeans are good to go with a basic off-shoulder off top. Skinnies elongate your legs, so it’s time to invest in a good one!
Ripped: High-Waisted Jeans
Just like skinny jeans, ripped high-waisted jeans hug your curves at all the right places. Hanging just slightly above your waist, these gems don’t need much for you to look good in them. Sweaters will add a nice casual touch to it; a lace-up top will be your choice if you want to show some skin ;) Alter according to your occasion or mood, but either way, get ready to turn some heads!
7 Go-To Casual Weekend Outfit Ideas
You’re all dressed up from Monday through Friday for work so it’s no surprise you’d want to dress down a little for the weekend. We feel you. The weekends are when you get to let your hair down and have fun! BUT, casual weekend outfits don’t have to mean boring. For a little casual style inspiration, read on!
Make A Statement With Heels
Tank tops and jeans. Doesn’t sound incredibly exciting, does it? But the best part about a simple outfit is that you have ample room to dress it up with accessories! If you’re afraid of going OTT (Over The Top), then limit the statement pieces to just one. In this case, heels would be the perfect finishing touch to add visual interest to your outfit PLUS make you feel extra confident. Win-win. Remember, ‘statement heels’ don’t just have to mean ‘bright and sparkly’. Even heels in a bright pop of colour can do the trick! If you want to go right on ahead and add even more accessories, hey, why not? Sometimes, going against the norm is good for the soul.Shop Tank Tops Shop Printed Skirt Shop Heels
The ‘Shirt Over Dress’ Look
There’s something effortlessly chic about a loose collared shirt thrown over a dress. If you’ve got on a plain dress underneath, then opt for a printed shirt instead to give your outfit a little character. What kind of character you choose to portray is entirely up to you! Floral and feminine, cute and quirky or cool and edgy- it’s all in the print. If you’ve already got a printed dress underneath, go instead with a plain solid coloured shirt to add contrast. This casual weekend style works great with rompers too. Just mix things up and play around with it!Shop Casual Dresses Shop Shirts
Cute In Overalls
Heading out for an epic road trip with friends or family over the weekend? We can’t think of a more fun and carefree outfit than overalls. And yes, adults CAN wear them too! Paired with sneakers for maximum comfort, of course. Unsure what to wear under your overalls? Crop tops, regular round-neck tees or even sports bras will make a great complement! It just depends where you’re going and what makes you feel the most comfortable. Oh, and don’t forget to pack along your handy sunglasses. To protect your eyes from the sun AND score extra OOTD points.Shop Overalls Shop Sneakers Shop Sunglasses
The ‘Shirt Over Waist’ Look
You guessed it. This look is merely an adaptation of the ‘shirt over dress’ look. While we love the latter, we have to eventually face the music and realise that Malaysia is synonymous with the words ‘hot’ and ‘humid’. Keep the shirt on for cool, air-conditioned places but switch it down to your waist the moment the temperature rises. One thing’s for sure though, both outfits and equal parts casual and cool.Shop Casual Dresses Shop Shirts
Distressed Jeans To The Rescue
You know it’s going to be a (edgy) casual outfit if distressed jeans are in the picture. Distressed jeans look great with almost any top but we love the contrast it gives when paired along with something a little more ‘serious’, if you will. Button down shirts add a sophisticated, grown up flair to the overall look. If your weekend is going to be a busy one, flat shoes will be your lifesavers. Espadrilles, perhaps?Shop Button Down Shirts Shop Distressed Jeans Shop Espadrilles
The Short Solution
Shorts and weekends might as well be best friends given their common reputation: short but sweet. Still, if you’re someone who believes shorts are too ‘casual’, then amp it up with a statement top. Think bell sleeves, ruffle blouses or bold prints. Add a low heel to finish off the look and you’ll be ready for brunch with your girlfriends!Shop Bell Sleeve Tops Shop Ruffle Tops
Max It Out
There really is nothing to not like about maxi dresses, is there? They’re versatile and sexy in a subtle way. If your weekend is going to be an errand-filled one, consider a maxi dress that’s either flowy or has a slit at the bottom. It’ll make walking or running around much easier, trust us. Pair with sneakers or flats during the day and switch it up to heels if you know you’ll be heading somewhere a little fancier at night.Shop Maxi Dresses
By Yi Jun
5 Fashion Rules You CAN Break
You see a new fashion trend and got some good fashion tips you like on Pinterest and decide to try it yourself. You stare at yourself in the mirror and think you look pretty darn good, but then the voice at the back of your head goes ‘but this looks a bit weird’. After a while, you decide against it and go back to wearing what you normally do. Sound familiar?
A lot of us don’t experiment or stay in our comfort zone because we’re so afraid of what people might think. But in Shoppr, we believe you should always be confident in whatever you wear! Go against the norm, break all the fashion rules and always be unapologetically you ;)
Break Fashion Rule 1: Try print on print, on even more prints!
We’ve all heard this before: “don’t wear print on print, it’ll look too messy!” We get it, you feel obliged to make your outfit more minimalistic.. But if you think that polka dot shirt goes well with that striped skirt, go right ahead! Find the right patterns that complement each other (or heck, they don’t have to either!) and you’ll notice that a beautiful mess is still beautiful.Shop Printed Blouse Shop Printed Skirt
Break Fashion Rule 2: Oversized clothes won’t eat you up
A lot of us are told that we should only wear clothes that fit perfectly, but do we really have to? Oversized clothes won’t make you look ‘big’, it won’t devour your frame or silhouette, and it definitely will not make you any less fashionable. Oversized blouses and tees are a trend, really! They give you that casual yet sophisticated touch, especially if paired with sleek pants or denim shorts!Shop Oversized Top
Break Fashion Rule 3: Bare them midriffs confidently
Another ‘fashion rule’ we may have heard is that we should always cover up our stomach, especially if we don’t boast a set of toned abs. If you feel more comfortable not showing it, that’s fine. But if you do want to bare your midriffs, but you don’t have them Kylie Jenner abs, bare them anyway! What you wear is a reflection of who you are, never let people alter it for you. If wearing crop tops make you feel great, listen to Nike and just do it.Shop Crop Tops Shop Bardot Tops
Break Fashion Rule 4: It doesn’t have to always match
May it be colours, patterns, style… we always try to match our clothes. Yes, matching clothes gives off a more ‘blended’ look, making it somewhat more cohesive. But don’t let this be your #1 guide at all times. Mix and match around freely- even if your bag don’t match with your shoes- and find a balance that you’re ultimately satisfied with. Remember, you don’t always have to match your shoe to your bag, to your top, to your bottom...you get the point!
Break Fashion Rule 5: Accessorize as you much as you like
Wear all the accessories you want,” said no one ever. But you most definitely can! Don’t only wear one accessory because that’s the ‘limit’, if you want to layer your necklaces (which is so easy to pull of!), wear rings AND dangly earrings at the same time, be our guest! It’s all about trying out what works best for you, and accessorising as much (or as little) as you please.Shop Necklace Shop Earrings Found this article helpful? Check out our other What To Wear articles for even more fashion tips & trends!
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