Work Summer Dresses Can Wear On Weekend

Finding dresses that transition smoothly from work to weekend can save you time and make dressing up more enjoyable. By choosing versatile styles like shirt dresses, wrap dresses, A-line dresses, shift dresses, and midi dresses, you can create a wardrobe that works for any occasion. Remember to accessorize smartly and play with different layers to adapt your look to different settings. This summer, embrace the ease and versatility of these dresses for a stylish and seamless transition from office hours to weekend fun.

25 Work-Appropriate Summer Dresses That You’ll Want to Wear on the Weekend, Too

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When you think of workwear, what comes to mind? I’ll take a guess: frumpy blouses, dull colors, and most likely something you can’t wait to rip off as soon you get home. But shopping for the office doesn’t have to be so dreadful; it can be, dare I say, fun. With so many seasonal trends to play with, it’s time to start rethinking your weekday uniform and adding in a few summer work dresses.

Enter Olympia Gayot, creative director of J. Crew and the mastermind behind the brand’s chic revitalization. Few know workwear better than Gayot, so I caught up with her to bring you tips and tricks for spicing up 9-to-5 looks. “When it comes to summer at the office, dresses are great and can be super chic when accessorized with personal items: a great bag, a few pieces of special jewelry, and a bright lip,” she says.

And Gayot’s secret weapon? Prints. “Another nice way to address workwear in a summery way is to add simple prints into the mix,” she suggests. Remember, you can add a classy blazer to work-ify almost anything. But in the end, it’s all about what inspires you and your own sense of style. “My personal style is just that—personal.”

So, gone are the days of reducing work outfits to drab silhouettes and boring colors. Keep scrolling for my curation of the 25 best summer dresses to wear to work.

SUBTLE DETAILS

Dissh Celine Black Shift Dress

As someone with understated style, simple pieces with small but unique details always catch my eye. The asymmetric buttons give this dress the perfect amount of flair to set it apart from other LBDs.

Sizes: 2-12

Colors: Black, Beige

Material: Polyester, viscose, elastane

BUTTER YELLOW

Dôen Grace Dress

I’ll give you the inside scoop: Pale yellow is the hue of the season, and this dreamy number from Dôen is doing it just right. The beautiful hue and intricate lace make this dress a true beauty.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Yellow

Material: Silk

Philomena Dress
EXPERT PICK

J.Crew Philomena Dress

A lacy white midi is the epitome of warm weather attire, and this pick is Gayot’s current favorite. She suggests a tailored linen blazer tossed over the shoulders for the perfect office look.

Sizes: XXS-XXXL

Colors: White, Black

Material: Cotton

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Off-White Silk Crepe Dress
CELEBRITY-APPROVED

Rodarte Off-White Silk Crepe Dress

You might have seen this stunning Rodarte dress on Kendall Jenner last month and wondered where you could get one for yourself. The combination of the puffy sleeves and oversized bows is equal parts stylish and feminine.

Sizes: 0-16

Colors: White

Material: Silk

Leopard Cotton Poplin V-Neck Maxi Dress
ANIMAL PRINT

Ganni Leopard Cotton Poplin V-Neck Maxi Dress

Prints, prints, prints! I can’t get enough of them. I love this leopard option from Ganni because it’s quite possibly the easiest outfit to grab and go. Minimal effort, maximum style.

Sizes: 0-22

Colors: Leopard, Blue, Black, Purple, Pink

Material: Cotton

Kendi Denim Midi Dress
SUPER STRETCHY

Reformation Kendi Denim Midi Dress

This isn’t your average denim dress. Made with super-stretch denim, this Reformation pick moves with you instead of against you, making for easy commutes, coffee runs, and beyond.

Sizes: 0-14

Colors: White, Blue, Black

Material: Organic cotton, polyester, eco lycra

Grace Dress
SEASONALLY APPROPRIATE

Lisa Says Gah Grace Dress

Yes, that is shrimp, cantaloupe, and a bowl of olives on my dress. This print is summer in a nutshell.

Sizes: XS-XXXL

Colors: Tapas Ivory, Black, Buon Appetito Ivory

Material: Cotton

Opa Dress
CHERRY RED

Sandy Liang Opa Dress

What’s lacy, and flowy, and red all over? This gorgeous dress by Sandy Liang, for one. I love that the oversized collar covers most of the shoulder and décolletage, making it a stylish yet appropriate pick for the office.

Sizes: 0-12

Colors: Red, Black, White

Material: Cotton

Cotton Embroidered Midi Dress
DAYTIME STYLE

Elie Saab Cotton Embroidered Midi Dress

This Elie Saab style brings fashion to your fingertips. A scalloped hemline and appliqué flowers gives this pick a touch of added fun when compared to typical workwear pieces.

Sizes: 4-10

Colors: Multi

Material: Cotton, polyester

Sleeveless Drop-Waist Pleated Midi Dress
DROP IT LOW

Samant Chauhan Sleeveless Drop-Waist Pleated Midi Dress

Now 43% Off

It seems like every brand is doing a drop-waist these days, but Samant Chauhan is doing it better than most. With a delicately pleated bodice and lightweight skirt, this dress will be in your rotation all summer long.

Sizes: XXS-XL

Colors: White

Material: Rayon, cotton

Solana Dress
OFFICE-FRIENDLY

Rails Solana Dress

This dress can easily take you from day to night, so it’s perfect for an after-hours event.

Sizes: XXS-XXL

Colors: Blue, White

Material: Rayon, viscose

Carre Dress
MOD SQUAD

Adriana Degreas Carre Dress

At the intersection of bold and polished, you’ll find this Adriana Degreas dress. I love the exaggerated shoulder ties and contrast in color. Who said corporate attire can’t be playful?

Sizes: S-L

Colors: White/gold

La Canella Midi Dress
CINCHED LINEN

Faithfull The Brand La Canella Midi Dress

Throw a cinched waist on anything, and I’m sold. This dress gives you a little shape without being revealing, which makes it perfect for the office.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Beige, White, Black

Material: Linen

Michelle Dress
ELEVATED CLASSIC

Staud Michelle Dress

Here’s a twist on a classic workwear look: the striped button-down.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: Seaweed, Azure

Material: Cotton, elastane

Saria Ruched Knit-Jersey Midi Dress
FLATTERING FOR ALL

Significant Other Saria Ruched Knit-Jersey Midi Dress

Now 40% Off

Made from a figure-hugging jersey knit, this dress is sure to flatter any body type, no matter the shape and size.

Sizes: 2-12

Colors: Black

Material: Nylon, elastane

Shift Dress
WARDROBE STAPLE

Theory Shift Dress

Sometimes, less is more. This simple, clean-cut Theory dress is an excellent addition to any wardrobe.

Sizes: 00-18

Colors: Pink, Black, White

Material: Triacetate, polyester

Market Maxi Dress
FLORAL MAXI

Rumored Market Maxi Dress

You don’t have to compromise on comfort or style because this simple maxi is the perfect mix of both.

Sizes: XS-L

Colors: White, Pink, Blue

Material: Viscose, rayon

Nova Pleated Midi Dress
STRUCTURED MIDI

Aje Nova Pleated Midi Dress

Between the flouncy A-line skirt and baby pink color, you’ll feel like a real princess in this dress.

Sizes: 4-16

Colors: Pink

Material: Polyester

Printed Cotton Poplin Dress
PRINTED POPLIN

Tory Burch Printed Cotton Poplin Dress

This Tory Burch frock is bright, effortless, and feminine. What more could you want in a summer dress?

Sizes: 00-14

Colors: Green/white, Purple, Green/purple

Material: Cotton

Luxe Lounge Disposition Dress
EFFORTLESS COMFORT

Aritzia Luxe Lounge Disposition Dress

Ultra soft, stretchy, and lovable, this tee dress is perfect for days when you need to throw something on and go.

Sizes: XXS-XL

Colors: Grey, White, Black

Material: Modal, elastane

Cotton Mesh Polo Dress
POP THE COLLAR

Ralph Lauren Cotton Mesh Polo Dress

If you’re the “buy it in every color type,” this dress is calling your name.

Sizes: XXS-XL

Colors: 14 options

Materials: Cotton

Cosima Nap Dress
EASY BREEZY

Hill House Cosima Nap Dress

I saw a girl wearing this dress on my commute to the office recently, and it immediately caught my eye. She looked so effortlessly put together, I had to track the dress down myself. And here it is!

Sizes: XXS-XXL

Colors: Blue, Black, Brown, White

Material: Cotton

Marbled Tulip Shift Dress
SHAPESHIFTER

Oscar de la Renta Marbled Tulip Shift Dress

Versatility is essential, especially when it comes to dresses. Elevate this with heels for a cocktail hour, or dress it down with flats for a comfortable office look. Either way, you’ll look stunning.

Sizes: 0-12

Colors: White

Materials: Wool, elastane, polyamide

Newport Midi Dress
BELT IT OUT

Brochu Walker Newport Midi Dress

Brochu Walker is known for its best-selling dresses, and this my favorite of the bunch. I love the thick belt because it gives the waistline a bit of shape.

Sizes: XS-L

Colors: Blue, White

Material: Polyester, cotton

Tweed Jackie Dress
CROWD FAVORITE

Yioaga Tweed Jackie Dress

This dress is racking up five-star reviews. The people have spoken—it’s a must-have.

Sizes: XS-XL

Colors: 16 options

Material: Polyester

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