I just got a promotion and I want to add a few things to my work wardrobe. I don’t own any dresses (it’s Minnesota, we wear pants), and I want to buy a few. Could you suggest some dresses that cost less than $200? Love the blog!
I love dresses, but there was a time when I didn’t own any either. Then, I bought a wrap dress and simple sheath, and I was hooked. So let’s talk about the three styles that will give you a stylish functional wardrobe.
The Sleeveless Sheath
In my view, every woman should have one basic, sleeveless sheath dress in her closet. You can wear it on its own, or layer it under your favorite separates. Choose the neutral you wear most often, black or navy. The secret to making an inexpensive sheath look expensive is tailoring. I always buy a size slightly bigger than I need and have a tailor fit everything to my body.
The Wrap Dress
A wrap dress is my dress of choice for not-so-casual-Friday and a night when I have dinner after work. The BR Gemma dress is a mid-price basic that comes in prints or solids, and can usually be purchased on sale. The charcoal color is sublime.
Need something under-$50? Old Navy has you covered. from Sierra Trading Post. Prefer the security of a faux-wrap? Karen Kane makes the nicest one I’ve seen. Plus-size? Try this affordable dress from NY Collection.
If keeping things modest while wearing a wrap is a challenge for you, there are a few solutions. The first is to have a tailor put hidden snaps or buttons inside the dress. I prefer this method because it doesn’t alter the look of the dress.
The Long-Sleeved Dress
If you want long-sleeved dresses, there is no place better to go than NYDJ. They have a wonderful selection of dresses in different styles and colors, most of them with long or elbow-length sleeves. I adore this cobalt blue dress, and this mixed-media dress is a fun option. The brand also offers petite and plus-sizes.