Best Bet: Tickertape Shift Dress

The dependable, work-appropriate shift dress isn’t typically a wardrobe standout; however, the shift doesn’t have to translate to dowdy. Madewell’s Tickertape dress renders the throwback style in a splashy shade of mulberry, with sizable front pockets and cap sleeves. The heavy wool fabric pairs well with opaque tights and boots for cool weather. Though still fit for the office, it injects a little life into a closet full of somber black and grays.

Tickertape shift dress, $145 at Madewell or online.