The 10 Best J.Crew Summer Work Dresses (Including Finds Up to 53% Off)

Stay breezy—without freezing amid the office A/C

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When it comes to summer dresses that are work appropriate, stylish and flowy enough that you're not drenched in sweat mid-commute, J.Crew might be one of the best places to shop. From sleek black dresses that are made for the boardroom to a summer frock that still works for post-work happy hour, it’s your one-stop shop for everything work chic, and I'll prove it.

I’ve rounded up 10 of the best J.Crew summer work dresses that you can feel confident wearing before a major presentation or run-of-the-mill workday—no power posing required. Oh, and while some of these summer dresses are a bit more casual, they can easily be dressed up with a professional blazer that will also save you from the dreaded office A/C. Win-win.

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Best J.Crew Summer Work Dresses at a Glance


Best Shirtdress

JCrew Long-Sleeve Button-Up Shirtdress

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Best Tweed Dress

JCrew Sophia Sleeveless Midi Dress

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Best Short Dress

JCrew Scoopneck Shift Dress

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Best Zippered Dress

JCrew Zip-Front Linen-Blend Dress

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Best Casual Dress

JCrew Cotton Voile Ruffle-Trim Shift Dress

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We all know the button-down is a classic office look, and this shirtdress makes the ensemble a bit more feminine and fun. The tie-waist creates a cinched silhouette, and the long length of both the sleeves and skirt make it appropriate for a variety of corporate dress codes. The side slits make it a little more breezy—and all-around moveable—plus, the 100 percent cotton poplin material will last you for years to come.

Best Tweed Dress

2. J.Crew Sophia Sleeveless Midi Dress


The perfect combo of preppy and polish, this tweed dress was made for layering with a blazer or cropped jacket and nailing that big pitch meeting. Chunky, fabric-covered buttons line the front and the pockets of the frock, and it has a sweet square neckline. Though it’s made of wool, it still feels comfortable (read: not itchy) thanks to the polyester lining, and right now, it's more than 50 percent off. (Just note that it is dry clean only.)

Best Short Dress

3. J.Crew Scoopneck Shift Dress


If you are desperately trying to balance the delicate choice between something (casual) office appropriate and cute enough for post-work patio drinks, this little number might be the solution. Falling above the knee, this A-line shift dress accomplishes both with a looser, fun fit and a high scooped neckline. Just remember to throw on a cozy office cardi to both cover up a bit and keep you warm when the A/C is blasting.

Best Zippered Dress

4. J.Crew Zip-Front Linen-Blend Dress


Bringing J.Crew’s iconic chino trouser style into a dress form, this is an office look that will have people asking, “where did you get that?” A high-collared neckline, thicker straps and above-the-knee length make it dress code-approved.Though it has an edgy structure to it—which is underscored by the removable-tie waist—the linen/TENCEL blend makes it feel soft and breathable throughout the workday.

Best Dress for Interviews

5. J.Crew Resume Dress


This dress was made to nail that final interview. I mean, it’s called the Resume Dress for a reason. The classic sheath silhouette is elevated with flattering cap sleeves, meaning it only requires a few subtle jewelry pieces to finish it off. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but it’s constructed from refined stretch wool made in Lanificio di Tollegno, one of Italy's oldest mills. And there’s pockets!

The long, breezy length of this shift dress makes it just as appropriate for a throw-on-and-go vacation look as it is as a perfect-for-layering, casual look for the office. It has adorable ruffle details along the neckline and straps, and it offers a stretchy fit that makes it comfortable if you’re sitting at meetings all day long.

Best Linen Dress

7. J.Crew Capitaine Shirtdress


Linen is the ideal fabric for a summer work dress. It’s both breathable and comfortable, so you won’t arrive at the office sweating after a particularly hot commute. This shirt dress helps keep you covered with elbow-length sleeves while accentuating the waist with a tie in the middle. It also comes in tall and petite sizing, so you can get that ideal right-above-the-knee length no matter your height. Plus, it comes in five colors, making it more than tempting to buy in bulk.

Best Cotton Dress

8. J.Crew Elena Shirtdress


Made of regenagri-certified cotton, an agricultural program that encourages sustainable and ethical harvesting, this dress is both a durable and eco-friendly option. The classic shirtdress has the added bonus of smocked waist that can be tightened with a simple elastic tie. It buttons only halfway and falls a bit below the knee to make you feel comfortable and professional throughout the day.

Best Maxi Dress

9. J.Crew Amelia Maxi Shirtdress


Long, flowy and fabulous, a maxi dress is the perfect work dress, and the shirtdress style of this one adds a hint of professionalism. Buttons all the way down, slight ruffled sleeves and a tie belt pulls it all together without any additional accessories needed. Its 100 percent cotton material and slip lining will keep you cool and collected—even when you're putting out fires all day (argh, office drama).

Best Long Sleeve Dress

10. J.Crew Cinched Zip-Up Dress


Longer sleeves in the summer might be necessary if you don’t want to deal with any additional layers in an office setting. This option feels relaxed yet professional, thanks to the front zipper and collar neck, with some elastic scrunching at the ends of the sleeves and waist for some extra flare. It earns bonus points for being machine washable and having pockets. It's the little things, right?

What to Look for in a Work Dress

When searching for summer-appropriate work dresses, it’s important to choose lighter fabrics, such as cotton and linen, so you don’t overheat with rising temps. In terms of length, look for midi styles, as they can be a bit more versatile and extend into the fall and spring (especially when paired with boots or flats).

Your sleeve length can vary from long to short, depending on how heavy the fabric is, and you can always layer sleeveless options over blouses or wear 'em underneath chunky sweaters, cardigans and blazers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Business Casual Attire? 

Business casual is exactly what it sounds like: a more relaxed take on professional attire. It can vary a bit by industry and your company culture, but that typically means just-above-the-knee or longer skirts and dresses, as well as trousers and, sometimes, jeans. Blouses, sweaters and button-downs are all solid options too. A clean, streamlined silhouette is key here—as Indeed notes, you want to avoid anything that's too baggy or too tight (more on that in the next question).

What Should You Avoid Wearing in a Business Casual Office? 

“Red flags [for work] are anything tight, low-cut and short,” stylist Cara Benevenia previously told PureWow. To put your best foot forward in the office, avoid anything leaning too casual or too revealing. Things like flip-flops, shorts, ripped clothing, tanks and athletic wear should all be avoided. If you’re worried about strap length, you can always layer a lighter cardigan or blazer over a top or dress.

Courtney Campbell

Freelance Writer

Courtney covers all things shopping and lifestyle at PureWow. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Elon University and has spent more than five years of her career...