Maria Loizou

Guest Editor



Five Black Work Dresses You’ll Wear Forever

Let us re-introduce every woman’s 9-to-9 favourite – the black work dress. A sartorial blank canvas, its classic hue offers an endless amount of wear and versatility. Inherently stylish and forever flattering, this work dress gives you instant confidence the moment you put it on. Designed for corporate and smart-casual environments alike, our black work dresses collection were made to meet the demands of your every working day.

Modest yet stylish, a long-sleeved black dress is a thought-out choice for more formal environments, while sharply tailored pencil dresses always mean business. Embrace the elegant nature of a black shift dress or a feminine midi dress for day-to-evening style made easy. Similarly, a black bodycon dress favours grown-up femininity with added allure.

With an emphasis on craftsmanship, our black work dresses marry longevity and luxury. Designed with an all-year-round sensibility, each piece is finished to the highest standard with easy-to-wear silhouettes and well-considered details. Whether it’s timeless tailoring or reworked modern shapes, you’ll find a host of love-forever pieces in our black work dress collection.

A black long-sleeve work dress is a timeless choice

Designed for ultimate style mileage, a black long-sleeve work dress is a smart option. From ultra-tailored silhouettes to flowing fit-and-flares, our collection features a range of long-sleeved styles that’ll remain a constant in your work-dress rotation.

Making a case for timeless style over whims and seasonal trends, the long-sleeved black work dress won’t date. True to the name, our signature Forever Dresses are made for your forever wardrobe. From specially placed seams to contoured back panelling, each dress is designed to flatter the figure perfectly. The fitted bracelet-length sleeves offer an elegant finish, while our Forever Dresses with lace sleeves add a little something extra to your working wardrobe.

Long Sleeve Work Dress

This formal dress masters season-to-season style

When it comes to unpredictable weather, a formal long-sleeved dress has you covered. Seeing you through rainy commutes and the chilly depths of winter, it’s a dependable option that can be styled up or down to match the weather. When spring and summer days finally roll around, opt for dresses in lighter fabrics, such as cotton or jersey. Similarly, sheer sleeves work well for warm days, adding interest while remaining work-appropriate.

Project confidence in a black pencil work dress

Expertly tailored, a black pencil dress is an outfit you can trust to deliver on important work days. Known for its form-fitting silhouette that’ll hold you in all the right places, this black work dress will keep you comfortable and confident throughout the day. Adhering to the most formal of dress codes, our collection includes modest, work-appropriate designs that won’t compromise on style. Style up this smart black dress with matching accessories to add your own spin to the look: aim high with stiletto heels or wear with ankle boots for more relaxed dress codes.

This smart dress is made for busy 9-to-9 days

Your figure will look its very best thanks to our pencil dresses’ high-quality fabric and construction. Crafted with ease of wear in mind, black pencil dresses in our signature structured crepe provide all-day comfort thanks to the fabric’s four-way stretch. As durable as it is flattering, this smart black dress will be a Monday-Friday go-to.

Our black pencil dresses are considered in design, finished with split cuffs and hems, carefully placed to offer ease of movement and ensure you feel as good as you look. A special feature on our iconic LBDs, a waist belt can be adjusted as much (or little) as you desire – or removed entirely to switch up your look. Our faux-leather belts and glistening buckles lend an ultra-premium touch to the simplest of pencil dresses.

Easy elegance is all yours in a black shift work dress

The black shift dress has been a staple in every stylish woman’s wardrobe since the ‘60s. Darted at the bust and falling just above the knee, this LBD is the definition of flattering. Its minimalist nature makes it the perfect blank canvas to dress up or down. From delicate button accents to lace panelling, pared-back details allow you to curate a look that’s entirely appropriate – and entirely yours – whatever your day entails.

Shift Dress

Add luxe to this simple work dress

Your workwear wardrobe should always deliver on style and substance, and, with its simple shape and pared-back palette, a black shift work dress is an easy way to achieve both. With careful attention to detail, our black shift dress collection is all about subtle luxury. Using elegant monogramming, our Karen Millen-branding is a way to discreetly showcase an eye for detail. Premium hardware not only offers opulence, but its thought-out placement helps beautifully define your figure. For extra finesse, look for shifts with metal eyelets that contour the body in a subtle and sophisticated way.

To polish the silhouette further, layer up: a well-tailored blazer makes this black dress look even more formal, while a cropped leather jacket gives the piece a modern twist. Apply red lipstick and stack delicate jewellery to pop against the dark hue.

Black dress

The black midi work dress can be dressed up or down

One of our more versatile work dresses, the black midi is designed to work for any dress code. This black work dress comes in a variety of flattering silhouettes, designs and fabrics. The classic midi hits below the knee, or grazes the calves for a modern ‘midaxi’ look, cleverly elongating your frame.

A black midi dress is a smart way to embrace classic femininity from desk to dinner. Think signature bandage knits that’ll hold your figure in all the right places – simply style with a blazer for the office and heels for post-work events. For something more formal, our polished-wool midi dresses are an impeccable way to look stylish yet professional. Longevity comes not only from their vintage-inspired double-breasted bodices and full skirts, but from a special polishing technique. Durable, structured and ultra-comfortable against the skin, they tick the boxes for all-day style. Choose yours with a contrasting brown belt and break up the black hue for a more casual look.


Go from important meetings to dates in a bodycon black work dress

Smart and stylish with a sensual side, a black bodycon dress has something special that’s perfect for both work and play. Whether it’s for an important presentation or an after-work date night, a black work dress will take the stress out of deciding what to wear. Made to sculpt and perfect your figure, our bodycon dresses are cleverly constructed.

With a simple black colourway, even daring bodycon designs can be work-appropriate. Layer up a formal blazer for corporate meetings, before removing to reveal alluring cut-outs or special details after dark. To hint at skin in an office-appropriate way, consider bodycon dresses with notched collars. Subtly showcasing the collarbones, this is a style that prove formality and sensuality can go hand in hand.

Bodycon Dresses

Transition the smart dress into your weekend wardrobe

For effortless, considered ease, find a versatile work dress that can be worked for high and low occasions. A black knit bodycon is a shortcut to looking smart, stylish and pulled-together. Woven in a ribbed knit that’s soft to the touch, it enhances your figure whilst remaining professional and polished. Pair with denim to transition this dress from formal to casual in a matter of seconds. Opt for dark washes for smart-casual plans and classic blue for off-duty days.

Classic jersey is another versatile winner. A black jersey bodycon is formal for meetings but simple enough that a few accessories can take it straight to the dancefloor. For an on-trend twist, introduce sports-luxe stripes to take the dress from the working week through to weekend. Just swap out your heels for box-fresh trainers.

A black bodycon dress’ simple palette will allow your accessories to pop. Showcase your tailoring collection with a well-fitted blazer on top, or let statement shoes do the talking. For a burst of colour, a statement lip and bag is your work-to-weekend dream team.

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