The Modest Power Dresses To Rule The Workplace

Nov 12 2018by Kate Russell


Workwear can have connotations of “boring” or “plain”, but here at Modisme, we don’t like that! We believe dressing for the role is so important and finding the perfect wardrobe of modest and elegant, yet strong dresses for work can have every woman exuding authority in no time.


Snapped on the way to the office, street style for workwear is a great place to start in terms of style inspiration. We love these three looks. Pairing a pinafore midi dress with a long sleeve top or roll neck will always be a classic look, made super-modern and on trend by a chunky ankle boot and backpack. Wrap dresses are ideal for work. They’re flattering, yet subtle and this navy wrap dress with ultra-high neckline is perfection. Opting for red at the office subliminally projects power and strength. This A-line midi with pussy-bow neck detail is chic, professional and commanding.


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On the subject of workwear dresses, this week we thought we’d pick out some of our favourite current power dresses online to bring you the very best outfit ideas for work.


From power red to statement patterns, these are our current top 5 picks


Power Red


We are obsessed with the details on this Kitri dress. Taking a simple, work style shirt dress and building a fabulous pattern to give into it as power dress status.


Kitri Dress | | £145.00


This super-cute pinafore dress from Selfridge's is the perfect layer for a white or black roll neck. With slightly tapered pencil skirt shape, its ideal for the office, but could also be dressed down for the weekend; a rare find in a work dress!


YS Pinafore Style Wool Blend Dress | | £880


Stripes can be a classic alternative to simple black for work. However, this multi-dimensional white and red stripe on this Whistles dress creates interest by including both vertical and diagonal pattern. With a high, crew-neck neckline and full-length sleeves, it’s modest for work but the coordinating tie belt keeps it flattering and feminine.


Whistles Dress | | £279  £165


Chic, sophisticated and on-trend this Marks & Spencers dress in a fluid jersey fabric could easily be captured with ankle boots and a leather jacket in Vogue’s street style pages. However, paired with sleek heels, it’s a stand out look for powerful office wear.


Turtle Neck Maxi Dress | | £29.50


An alternate to stripes, this is another fabulous print for work. The gingham-style print by Ganni is office appropriate, yet fun and a great change from simple black. With elbow length sleeves and loose wrap the shape is modest and paired with tights and heels or knee-high boots, you could take this power dress from work straight through to dinner with ease.


GANNI Gingham Wrap Dress | | £220


Dressing the best for work puts everyone in the right frame of mind. If you’d normally opt for a trouser suit or classic black, why not dare to branch out and try something new at work this spring. Tag us in your favourite modest workwear on Instagram with #modismeloves.