These five picks can be layered for chilly AC zones in the office, or stand alone if temps soar.

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It’s summer in Seattle and that means a morning weather check before getting dressed for work.

Between morning showers, sunny afternoons and chilly AC zones in the office, it can be a challenge to don the pretty summer dresses we craved all winter.

Here are five picks for office-appropriate summer dresses that are breathable if you need layers, but can also stand alone with a few accessories if temps soar. Another plus: They’re all under $150.

Madewell Open-Back Midi Dress ($148). This dress is office in the front, party in the back, with an understated opening that adds a dash of fun. As does the pretty pink color and buttons that go all the way down the back of the all-cotton midi-skirt.

Article& Rhoda Midi Dress ($76 at Easy and breezy with a hipster-floral print, this dress has a T-shirt-style overlay for a fun silhouette. A pleated skirt is flattering and adds movement. The polyester fabric has the feel of silky georgette, and the piece is fully lined.

COS Shirt Dress with Chunky Tie ($115 at This dress is a perfect example of the sleek, minimalist designs COS is known for. A knotted belt detail elevates the crisp, cotton chambray piece. Fine details, such as hidden buttons and in-seam pockets, take it from simple to special.

Article& Rhoda Midi Dress, $76 (left); Just Female Genova Shirt Dress, $142
Article& Rhoda Midi Dress, $76 (left); Just Female Genova Shirt Dress, $142

Just Female Genova Shirt Dress ($142 at This lightweight gray wrap dress can stand on its own or serve as a base for a pair of standout sandals or chic sunglasses. Drapey viscose fabric is airy for warm weather, and a tie waist lets you customize the fit.

Finery Delverton Pinafore Belted Dress (on sale for $75 at A woven straw bag would go well with this safari-inspired dress. A woven, mid-weight polyester fabric, full A-line skirt and belted waist make it ultra-flattering. A demure front V is amped up in the back with a more dramatic, dropped opening.

ShopNW staff contributed to this story.