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10th Commandment: May 13

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Zara Sleeved Shift Dress ($80)

Cap-sleeve dresses are a warm weather staple.  When you work in a professional office, sleeveless might be teetering on the line of inappropriate.  This little bit of sleeve lets you keep to a springtime/summertime silhouette while keeping things dress code friendly.

I also found this cowl neck dress in royal blue and charcoal.  This striped Ralph Lauren shift is also a good choice.  Tahari ASL also has a cap sleeve dress in jade that would be lovely for work, though it would benefit from a belt.

Plus-size?  This Calvin Klein dress has a great neckline and comes in black or blue.  Petite?  Ralph Lauren offers a very similar dress to the Zara in the same bright blue.  Tall? Ann Taylor offers a seamed sheath in colorblock of neutrals, also in petite and regular.

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    8 comments

  1. KC says:

    Is that model wearing Birkenstocks?!

    May 13, 2014/Reply
    • Heather says:

      Ack! Make it go away!

      May 13, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I know. Normcore strikes again, just don’t look at her feet.

      May 13, 2014/Reply
    • Anna says:

      Why did you have to point it out? I would have had no idea otherwise? I think I just threw up a little….

      May 13, 2014/Reply
  2. Joules says:

    Cap sleeve dresses are ideal for summer–great post! Far too many women in my office think it’s appropriate to wear totally sleeveless dresses in the summer months.

    Style by Joules

    May 13, 2014/Reply
  3. terri says:

    Belle – Thank you for making me a big time Zara fan! The closest Zara is 1000 miles away, and while I know the online store sometimes isn’t the best, so far…it’s adding a lot of color and class to the wardrobe. Love the outfits I can put together from their line and soon, very soon, no one else in town will be wearing my clothes. GREAT FIND FOR ME!

    May 13, 2014/Reply
  4. Anna says:

    Blerg. Such pretty dresses, but cap sleeves are so unflattering on my arms. A little extra or a little less fabric makes a huge difference in helping me avoid sausage arms. They do work really well for most people; I’m just venting.

    May 13, 2014/Reply
  5. Rachel says:

    Sigh, if only Zara’s clothing fit me…

    May 13, 2014/Reply