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15 Black Work Dresses That Will Make Your Mornings Easier

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice begins with the famous first line: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. 

We’re not so sure about that, but here’s what we do know: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a busy woman in possession of a good job, must be in want of a perfect black work dress.

This is a statement we can firmly stand behind, and if Ms. Austen were alive today, we think she’d agree.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with color. (We’ve been known to get down with some olive, a little aubergine, and the occasional splash of poppy.) But we also know that if you’re a professional woman looking to build your personal uniform, black is a great place to begin.

So let’s get to it. Here are our 15 favorite black work dresses.

1. The Corporate-meets-cool Dress

So your job’s a little stiff, but you are not. How can you dress for work while still feeling like your saucy self? Start with the Masha 2.0, whose modern top and pencil skirt create a perfect equilibrium between laid-back and buttoned-up. Also, pockets. What more is there to say?

2. The Renaissance Dress

If the Rachel were a person, she’d be the kind of woman who can talk to anyone about anything. In other words, this versatile dress is always in its element. Wear it with a knit jacket for a formal look at work, or pair it with heels and mega-watt earrings for a big night out.

3. The Interview Dress

You know what they say about job interviews: You want to be remembered for what you say, not for what you wore. That said, it never hurts to make a strong sartorial impression. The machine-washable Aditi 2.0 is memorable without being distracting. Not too short, not too tight, not too low-cut—it’s the perfect style in which to land your next job.

4. The Wardrobe Workhorse

There’s a reason why this belted dress is our best-selling style of all time. When it comes to practicality, it checks all the boxes: flattering sleeves, useful pockets, lots of stretch, wrinkle-resistant, machine-washable, travel-friendly. This dress is the definition of ease, and it has a magical ability to flatter different body types. It’s no surprise that one customer wore it to take her company public.

5. The Break-the-internet Dress

Soon after its release last summer, the Tory 4.0 dress became a media darling. Bustle, Refinery29, and Glamour practically lost their minds as they witnessed this dress’s rise to fame. A work dress with a 1,600-person wait list? Unheard of! Until now. Machine-washable and a little bit insouciant, this coveted piece is the go-to of professional cool kids everywhere.

6. The Office-to-cocktails Dress

There’s no need to go home between work and play when you have this day-to-night dress in your arsenal. It’s a pretty alternative to your usual work shifts; and thanks to artful draping and wrap detailing, it looks incredibly elegant come cocktail hour.

7. The Presentation Dress

Public speaking—love it or loathe it, you’re going to have to do it at some point. Set yourself up for success by wearing the Sarah 7.0, a sleek shift with a structured shoulder. Simple but powerful, this MM classic is machine-washable and wrinkle-resistant, making it a cult favorite of business travelers everywhere.

8. The Understated Peplum Dress

Not sure how you feel about peplums? Neither were we, until we created this discreet, asymmetrical beauty. Sleek and slimming, it adds intrigue without adding volume to your silhouette. Given how chic it is, you’d never guess that the Maria is wrinkle-resistant and machine-washable.

9. The Always-works Dress

You know those stressful scenarios that seem to come out of nowhere? An ambiguous coffee meeting that might actually be an interview. A surprise lunch invite from your mother-in-law. A last-minute speaking gig. You want to wear the exact right thing, but you have no idea what that thing is. Well, that thing is the Annie—and it always works.

10. The I’m-the-boss Dress

Who’s in charge here? That would be you. This elegant long-sleeved dress has a built-in sense of authority that lasts from morning ‘til night. The Akiko will help you take charge at your first meeting of the day, seal some deals in the afternoon, and then celebrate over dinner and drinks.

11. The Feels-like-pajamas Dress

There’s something you should know about this dress: It possesses otherworldly softness and stretch. Don’t believe us? Ask this six-month-pregnant lady. Seriously, this is a dress for people who like to breathe, eat, and jump around without worry. Sound like you?

12. The Get-ready-in-one-minute Dress

Some days we get up, go for a run, and read the paper before heading to work. Other days, we hit snooze seven times and then sprint for the door. On those days, we wear the Emily. The equivalent of an adult onesie, it’s wrinkle-resistant, machine-washable, and wildly comfortable. A total no-brainer.

13. The Sneaky Suit Dress

At first glance, the Lydia is an Audrey Hepburn-worthy dress. And on closer inspection, it only gets better. A versatile style that can be worn on its own from day to night, it also provides a gorgeous foundation for a modern “suit.” Pair it with our classic knit jardigan for a soft but formal feel.

14. The Breezy Business Dress

Gallery-hopping after work? Power lunching with the ladies? Explore the sleeker side of workwear in the Etta, which provides the perfect antidote to traditional office garb. Its relaxed shape leaves you room to laugh and prance, but its midi length keep things looking proper.

15. The Business Traveler’s Secret Weapon

Running to a client meeting straight from the airport? Panic not. Machine-washable and wrinkle-resistant, this little number will still look crisp when you roll of the red-eye. In other words, jet-setters have met their match.

Need a great work wardrobe but no time to shop? Order a Bento and let our stylists do the work for you. 

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