This black floral knee length, cowl neck dress from Monsoon is a new work staple. Sensible length, easy to wear with simple black tight and shoes, but far from boring with a bright, colourful print.
Another high street treat is this pair of black pointed court shoes from M&S, as seen in Vogue and pretty much permanently on my feet since September. The conservative heel height means you can wear them all day and night and don't have to carry a pair of flats in your bag as respite for silly high heels. Marks and Spencer, I salute you.