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Black Halo-Like Dresses for the Office

I love the Black Halo label.  I have collected four of their dresses over the years, and I would happily own a dozen more.  The dresses are crisp, sleek and infused with a feminine sex appeal that is hard to beat.  But at several hundred dollars a piece, Black Halo dresses are not in everyone’s price range.

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From Left, Cowlneck Pencil Dress ($158) // Ro & De Twist Dress ($74) // Ava & Aiden Asymmetric Sheath ($99, limited sizes)

These dresses have one of my favorite Black Halo signatures, the asymmetric neckline found on their popular Jackie O dresses.  The Anthropologie dress on the left is like a short sleeve Jackie dress, but with a more forgiving silhouette.  I would add a white blazer and some sleek high heels for a chic office look.

I actually own the dress in the middle in another color.  It’s very comfortable and stylish.  If you buy it, be wary that it does run a little small in the hip.  So I would order two sizes and return the one that doesn’t fit properly.  You should also be aware that you will need to wear a shaper with this dress.  Without it, the fabric doesn’t have the smooth appearance you’re looking for.

Like the charcoal color, but want something with shorter sleeves?  Dorothy Perkins has one for $57 with 25% off.

The final dress is from Gilt (become a member, here), and it is a doozy. Sadly, there are only limited sizes left.  But because it’s Gilt, you can add the dress to your waiting list and be notified if it becomes available in your size.  I also found this azure Serena dress with a very similar folded neckline.

Plus-size? If you need something under-$100, Ralph Lauren has a beautiful cobalt sheath.  But if you have a bit more to spend, Kay Unger makes this look in both a long sleeve and short sleeve version.  Petite?  Not as many choices, but I did find this awesome dress from Ivy & Blu, which might be more suited to cocktail hour, and this White House Black Market sheath with a 3/4 sleeve.



  1. Alison says:

    Thank you so much for posting this, I am currently on the search for a dress for my rehearsal dinner in just 5 weeks!

    September 4, 2013/Reply
  2. Cari says:

    I love your blog; it is pretty much my fashion bible. How would you accessorize dresses that have this kind of neckline?

    September 4, 2013/Reply
  3. elz says:

    Your blog introduced me to Black Halo and my wardrobe is forever changed. Love these alternatives. Thanks!

    September 5, 2013/Reply
  4. Ashley Jones says:

    Thank you for posting this! I love the Black Halo dresses you post but they are a bit out of my budget. I also love this dress from Dorothy Perkins, with that same neckline and for just $44 it’s a steal!

    September 5, 2013/Reply