Trend watch: Office-appropriate shift and sheath dresses for less than $200

These office-appropriate shift and sheath dresses will take you from the cubicle to cocktails without breaking the bank.

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Photograph: Mark Albertsen

French Connection Lolo stretch classic dress, $188, at French Connection, 700 Broadway between Astor Pl and E 4th St (212-473-4486) • 435 West Broadway at Prince St (212-219-1197) • usa.frenchconnection.com

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Roz & Ali plus-size banded lace shoulder dress in sizes 14–24, $60, at Dressbarn, locations throughout the city; visit dressbarn.com

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Dorothy Perkins sculpted dress, $40, at us.dorothyperkins.com

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Bisou Bisou mirror-print dress, $70, at JCPenney, Manhattan Mall, 100 W 33rd St at Sixth Ave (212-295-6120, jcpenney.com)

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Mango Gathered Details dress, $70, at mango.com

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Taylor seamed print sheath dress, $118, at nordstrom.com

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Vince Camuto fitted peplum dress, $50, at Vince Camuto, Grand Central Terminal, 87 E 42nd St at Park Ave (646-588-4444) • 30 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-239-9271) • 532 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (646-532-2684) • vincecamuto.com

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Reiss Gilda Pointelle printed day dress, $161, at Reiss, 387 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts (212-925-5707) • 309-313 Bleecker St between Grove St and Seventh Ave (212-488-2411) • 197-199 Columbus Ave at 69th St (212-799-5560) • reissonline.com

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Photograph: Sergio Kurhajec

Muse Apparel faux-leather mixed-media shift, $150, at museapparel.com

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Coldwater Creek Blanca eyelet dress, $110, at Coldwater Creek, 1172 Third Ave between 68th and 69th Sts (212-535-3120, coldwatercreek.com)

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Banana Republic Issa Collection pleated dress, $130, available August 8 at Banana Republic, locations throughout the city; visit bananarepublic.com

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H&M suede sheath dress, $129, at H&M, locations throughout the city; visit hm.com

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Maggy London ombré-print scuba dress, $108, at maggylondon.com

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IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel Selby plus-size dress in sizes 12–30, $122, at onestopplus.com

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Photograph: Justin Farkas

The Limited Bow Back Ponte dress, $70, at thelimited.com

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Kenneth Cole New York Marci printed colorblock dress, $148, at Kenneth Cole, locations throughout the city; visit kennethcole.com

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Adrianna Papell sleeveless peplum office dress, $170, at edressme.com

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Sam & Lavi Amari scoop-back jersey dress, $150, at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave at 49th St (212-753-4000, saksfifthavenue.com)

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Boohoo Rachel zip-back belted dress, $36, at boohoo.com

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Ivy & Blu Maggy Boutique Jennifer dress, $128, at ivyandblumaggyboutique.com

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Mark Salute to Style dress, $38, at meetmark.com

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Calvin Klein colorblock side-zip dress, $130, at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave at 59th St (212-705-2000) • 504 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts (212-729-5900) • bloomingdales.com

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Mystic Fashion Back in Blue dress, $53, at modcloth.com

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Ark & Co. Professional dress, $59, at Fanaberie, 102A Nassau Ave between Eckford and Leonard Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (347-987-3929) • 339 Bedford Ave between South 3rd and 4th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-335-0252) • fanaberienyc.com

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SuperTrash Doll dress, $129, at SuperTrash, 29 Prince St at Mott St (212-226-1565, supertrash.com)

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Karen Kane knot-front paint splash dress, $128, at Macy’s, 151 W 34th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-695-4400, macys.com)

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Lauren Ralph Lauren colorblock jersey sheath dress, $134, at nordstrom.com

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Tiana B ruched tulip-hem dress, $45, at kohls.com

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Wallis floral-print shift dress, $67, at wallisfashion.com

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Anne Klein linen striped fitted sheath dress, $139, at Lord & Taylor, 424 Fifth Ave at 39th St (212-391-3344)

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XOXO cap-sleeve fitted peplum sheath, $40, at Macy’s, 151 W 34th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-695-4400, macys.com)

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Mango Origami stretch-jersey dress, $50, at Mango, 561 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (212-343-7012) • 7 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-26 85 712) • 38-21 Main St between 38th and 39th Aves, Flushing, Queens (718-713-0828) • mango.com

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Banana Republic piped colorblock dress, $130, at Banana Republic, locations throughout the city; visit bananarepublic.com

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Vince Camuto banded-waist dress, $70, at Vince Camuto, 30 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-239-9271) • 532 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (646-532-2684) • 537 Third Ave at 36th St (212-937-5750) • vincecamuto.com

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Coldwater Creek Sideswept sheath, $90, at Coldwater Creek, 1172 Third Ave between 68th and 69th Sts (212-535-3120, coldwatercreek.com)

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Darling Ashley pencil dress, $94, at Fanaberie, 102A Nassau Ave between Eckford and Leonard Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (347-987-3929) • 339 Bedford Ave between South 3rd and 4th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-335-0252) • fanaberienyc.com

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Worthington zipper-detail dress, $60, at JCPenney, Manhattan Mall, 100 W 33rd St at Sixth Ave (212-295-6120, jcpenney.com)

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Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

C. Wonder Dots cotton-embroidered dress, $178, at C. Wonder, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at 60th St, second floor (212-956-9760) • 72 Spring St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts (212-219-3500) • cwonder.com

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Donna Morgan colorblock shift dress, $98, at Lord & Taylor, 424 Fifth Ave at 39th St (212-391-3344, lordandtaylor.com)

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Photograph: Greg Sorensen

Ann Taylor cotton stretch colorblock sheath dress, $128, at Ann Taylor, locations throughout the city; visit anntaylor.com

Whether you work at a creative company or in a corporate environment, we found office-appropriate dresses for less than $200 that will get you through your 9-to-5 in style. Look for structured shifts and sheaths from Banana Republic, Vince Camuto, Mango and Fanaberie.

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