Love Your Work Style – Talbots Geometric Print Dress & Work Top

Talbots has a brand new Go Graphic collection that is full of cute pieces in sophisticated yet office-friendly colors and prints.

I love this Talbots Geometric-Triangles Dress ($159 in regular and petite sizes), which features a bold print paired with a simple and classic silhouette.

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The pattern placement is designed to flatter – the lighter blue color creates a subtle vertical line down the center of the dress. (This would also be a perfect dress for a Mad Men style post – sniff.)

My other favorite piece is this Talbots Medallions & Stripes Foulard Blouse ($89.50-$99 in regular, petite, plus, and plus petite; washable). This fall top looks fantastic with jeans for an easy business casual look and could also be dressed up with suit separates.
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Abigail Signature with Feather

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Ellen Tracy Mixed Media Sheath Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

I first admired this stylish work dress when browsing for items to feature in Mad Men Style (sniff), but the reward for waiting to feature it is that it’s on sale now (albeit sold out in some sizes).

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I love the abstract floral print and the subtle navy and black color-blocking.

The Ellen Tracy Mixed Media Dress is on sale at Nordstrom for $83.70 in regular sizes and $89.50 in plus sizes. Curiously, the dress is still full price ($139.50) in petite sizes.

If you like to have a matching blazer – or prefer separates – check out this Ellen Tracy Plus Georgette Overlay Knit Tank ($41.70 on sale; regularly $69.50; washable) and Ellen Tracy Plus Two-Tone Crepe Blazer ($89.70 on sale; regularly $149.50).

The top ($35.70) and the blazer ($83.70) are also on sale in regular and petite sizes

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Command Attention in a Red Dress – Commandress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Just as every woman should have a LBD in her wardrobe, I think every woman should have a properly professional red dress as well. Red exudes confidence, and confidence is an attribute it is useful to convey through color.

To make shopping for a red dress effortless for you, today’s post profiles twelve workaday red dresses ranging from $44.40 – $635 that the consummate professional can wear knowing she is perfectly clad at the office.

Red dresses can be tricky to wear because there are so many red dresses better suited for parties. Also, red can convey passion and fury both of which cause trouble at work, right ladies? However, by choosing aptly designed dress, a professional woman will convey authority, not sensuality.

But first, let’s take a quick look at three successful women, both fictional and real, who frequently wear red. Commandress has profiled Mad Men’s Joan before, but she is worth another look. Joan frequently wore red among her chauvinistic colleagues and thrived despite constant harassment.

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Women politicians understand red’s sartorial power too. Nicola Sturgeon, who has catapulted to power in Scotland, frequently wears red.

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First Lady Michele Obama dresses in red often.

Wear to Work Red Dress

Michelle Obama in a Red Dress with Sleeves

Now to the dresses! The asymmetrical hem of NYDJ’s Rosella Stretch-Crepe Ruched Sheath Dress in Scarlett Red adds a subtle detail to this lovely dress. Its v-neckline is modest which is ideal for conservative offices. ($168, Neiman Marcus)

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I love the hue and simple, ageless style of Maggy London’s Gathered Crepe Sheath Dress in New Red.  Its ruching is a slimming detail and its ¾ length sleeves are perfect. ($128, Nordstrom)

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Now, Lafayette 148 New York’s ¾-Sleeve Center Pleat Sheath Dress contains wool so it may have to wait until fall, but its classic shape is timeless. It is a true investment piece at a steal of a price. (Sale: $175, Original: $500, Neiman Marcus)

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If you’re a fan of Boden today may be your lucky day. Three of Boden’s work dresses are available in red and they are all on sale! Perfect for warmer days is the Betty dress in Ladybird. I love its retro look. (Sale: $103.60-$148, Boden)

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For a red wrap dress, look no further than Boden’s Henrietta Dress in Bright Red. (Sale: $44.40-74, Original $148)

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For lucky ladies who wear 6, 8 or 16 Boden’s pretty A-line Wool Skater Dress in Bright Red is half price. (Sale: $109, Original: $218)

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Nue by Shari’s Colorblock Ribbed Sheath Dress in Red Wine is my kind of dress. With its modern silhouette, raised banding and colorblocking it is simultaneously professional and edgy. ($288, Nordstrom)

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The seemingly simple Half Sleeve Sheath Dress with Embroidered Front in High Risk Red by Laundry by Shelli Segal is anything but. Its silhouette is classic. The embroidered detail adds an understated and unique touch. It is an investment piece that will never go out of fashion. ($265, Neiman Marcus)

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Joan Vass’ Sand-Stitched Zip-Pocket Shift Dress in Classic Red is a terrific alternative to a sheath. The shift silhouette is a sophisticated and mod look. Joan Vass is renowned for its fabulous fabric. I love the fabric’s ottoman detailing as well as the gold buttons on the shoulders. (Sale: $220, Original: $295, Neiman Marcus) It is also available in petite and plus sizes.

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The Michael Michael Kors Roll Sleeve Belted Shirt Woven Dress in Grenadine is the perfect red dress for casual Fridays or more business casual settings. ($120, Zappos) It is also available in plus size. ($130)

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The woman who arrives to the office in La Petite Robe in Passion by Chiara Boni will exude the self-assurance to close any and all deals. ($635, Nordstrom)

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If you want to be a little daring, then the ZAC Zac Posen ZP-01-5132-20 Sheath Dress in Poppy is red dress for you. The peek-a-boo cut out just below the neckline adds a perfectly professional, but tantalizing glimpse of skin. ($552, Zappos)

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Bonus: to see five additional red dresses with Mad Men style previously profiled on Commandress, click here.

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