What’s your daily go-to work outfit? For many women whose offices have a business casual dress code, it’s the shirt-and-slacks combo, and while you could upgrade your usual look with cigarette pants, knee-length dresses are classic closet investments you may be overlooking. Not only do they make you look immediately polished (without being overdone), they also give the illusion that you meticulously planned your OOTD—when in fact, slipping them on is one of the fastest, most convenient things you can do since you don’t have to think of what bottoms to pair them with.
So if you’re looking to breath life into your wardrobe with ultra-feminine pieces, here's one for each day of the workweek.
For a meeting-filled Monday: a crisp collared dress
Go with a clean silhouette on the first day of the week! This dress with a slightly vintage cut gives you that all-business vibe without looking boring.
TRY: Plains & Prints 2009 S/L Dress from the Timeless 25 Collection, which reinvents 25 of the brand’s most memorable designs for its 25th anniversary; P2,498, available at Plains & Prints branches
For a slow Tuesday: a basic blue zip-up dress
Staying behind your desk the whole day doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress up (pun intended). This piece allows you to play around with accessories. Go with a pair of statement earrings or cuff bracelets for accent.
TRY: BAYO Idelle dress, P1,695, available in BAYO stores
For a “Happy Humpday” Wednesday: a brightly-colored shift dress
Add a splash of color to your OOTD for that extra mid-week push! This conservative-looking shift has a bit of a slit on the side to keep things playful.
TRY: Forme regular length shift dress with side slit; P1,398, available at Forme stores
For a client-centric Thursday: a hand-painted dress
Boost your confidence as you go through a day of client calls with this intricately hand-painted dress made out of organza.
TRY: Tygie hand-painted organza dress in black, P2,999.75 available at SM Kultura outlets
For a finish-it-strong Friday: a striped, a-line dress
Look put-together even at the end of a long work week with this pastel-colored piece that can be paired with either heels or sneakers.
TRY: Plains & Prints 2009 S/L Dress from the Timeless 25 Collection; P2,498, available in Plains & Prints Stores (belt not included)