Why the ‘chuck on dress’ is everything your wardrobe needs

Posted by
Grace Cook

Say hello to your new wardrobe heroes: the printed and patterned statement dresses that need no ironing and make getting dressed that much easier. 

Throw-on-and-go: this is the sartorial routine every single one of us likes to imagine for our weekday mornings. Forget waking up, rummaging through your wardrobe, and rejecting countless options before finding a coordinated look that is both clean and crease-free. Instead, we dream of outfits that require no thought, forward-planning or ironing. That allow us, most importantly, an extra 15 minutes (at least) in bed. 

Until now, they’ve remained just that: dream outfits — elusive garments that don’t really exist. But the chuck-on dress is here to change all of that. 

This style of dress – midi in length, patterned and with a loose, billowing silhouette – is a wardrobe chameleon. Perfect for styling with trainers or dressing up with sandals and boots, these smock dresses have been so popular at Topshop that the term has been searched an average of 110 times a day in July. And they’re selling out in less than a week. 

Why the surge in popularity? Because these dresses require almost zero outfit contemplation, making them the perfect thing to reach for when you’re in a rush or have overslept. Those statement patterns and bright colours will always make you look like you’ve made an effort, even when you haven’t. 

How to style it? Simply chuck it on with ankle boots, or your everyday pair of Vejas, and with an easy-to-wear crossbody bag. And when the weather gets chiller? Simply put a turtleneck underneath and add a trench coat on top. 

The phrase ‘get-up-and-go’ suddenly seems a lot more feasible, doesn’t it?

Shop the best chuck-on dresses below. 


ASOS ruched dress with puff-sleeve
ASOS ruched dress with puff-sleeve

From office meeting, to drinks with the girls the ‘chuck on’ dress is master of all occasions. We’re snapping up this easy printed dress and have already got big plans to wear with a leather jacket and stomper boots come autumn. 

Green printed dress, £45, ASOS 


Topshop polka dot dress

This simple button-up shirt dress in a cutesy polka dot print, with open-back detailing, perfectly balances the masculine with the feminine. Best worn with sneakers — we suggest Converse Chuck Taylors for a retro look. 

Spotty shirt dress, £39, Topshop


ASOS Design Asymmetric Floral Dress
ASOS Design Asymmetric Floral Dress

This asymmetrical floral number from ASOS is the kind of chuck on dress that makes getting ready for an occasion a piece of cake. Amp up the bright florals by pairing this with white ankle boots and an equally white micro bag. 

Asymmetric dress, £48, ASOS 

& Other Stories

& Other Stories floral dress

For those that want a chuck-on with a bit more shape than the sack-like silhouette the style is associated with, this & Other Stories dress is an ideal choice. Simply wear with bohemian-style ankle boots and pair with a tan bag. 

Floral puff sleeve wrap dress, £75, & Other Stories

Baum Und Pferdgarten

Baum Und Pferdgarten floral midi dress

As perfect for a wedding as it is for a summer’s day in the city, this Baum dress, with its button-up shirt placket and grandad collar, can be dressed up or down. Style with strappy heels for formal events, or with simple flats sandals. 

Baum Und Pferdgarten floral dress, £310, Selfridges


Zara floral print dress

This dress is the ideal transitional piece to take your wardrobe through to autumn temperatures. With elasticated cuffs that give the 3/4 length sleeves a bit of a puff, and a super voluminous silhouette, this dress is ideal for the laziest of days. Wear with boots – and put tights underneath when the weather turns.

Zara floral print dress, £49.99, Zara


Ganni denim dress

Leopard-print denim? That’s a first. But Ganni’s button-down shirt dress makes us wonder why it hasn’t been done before. Cut from a rigid denim fabric that holds its shape and with a baggy silhouette, this midi dress is ideal worn with simple white sneakers. 

Ganni denim dress, £270, Net-a-Porter

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