Effortless style in seconds: why the ‘throw on dress’ is everything your wardrobe needs

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Searching for a look that you can put together in seconds, and still look chic all day long? Say hello to your new wardrobe hero: the throw-on dress. 

Lockdown really threw a spanner in the works when it came to our wardrobes, so much so that since March our relationship with clothes has changed more than we could ever imagine. Jeans and shirts were swapped out for luxe loungewear; satin slip skirts and off the shoulder tops have been replaced with leggings and hoodies.

Our morning routines no longer look the same either. OK, maybe the snooze part remains intact, but, instead of battling through our wardrobes and rejecting countless options (creating something of a floordrobe in the process) to find both clean and crease-free options to wear to work, we are opting for pieces that incorporate both comfort and style.

The solution? A throw-on dress. The most transformative piece in your wardrobe, this easy style is fuss-free while also bringing a much-needed ‘getting dressed’ feel to the day without compromising on comfort.

This style of dress – midi in length, patterned and with a loose, billowing silhouette – is a wardrobe chameleon. Perfect for styling with eternally cool white trainers for laidback daytime look or taking into evening with the addition of square-toed heels or a white ankle boot, these statement dresses are a complete outfit in a single piece. 

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Get ready for an effortless way of dressing.

Best of all, these dresses require almost zero outfit contemplation, making them the perfect thing to reach for in times like these. Those statement patterns and bright colours will always make you look like you’ve made an effort, even when you haven’t. 

Thanks to their eye-catching designs, these stand-out dresses can be worn with no additional accessories and still look just as effective, and if you have an extra few minutes to play with, simply add a pair of hoop earrings and a simple sandals for a look that is fit to bypass your Instagram Stories and go straight to your feed. 

Whether you favour a bold, abstract pattern or a pared back style, these are the best throw-on dresses that will be your style saviours for years to come. 

  • & Other Stories

    & Other Stories green dress
    Best throw-on dresses: & Other Stories

    If you’re a fan of pistachio ice cream, then look no further because & Other Stories has got the throw-on dress for you. With its sweet puff sleeves and double layered skirt, this dress has all the markings of a wardrobe staple to buy now and keep forever. 

    Shop green dress, £95, & Other Stories

  • Ganni

    Ganni polka dot sun dress
    Best throw-on dresses: Ganni

    One part throw-on dress, one part sundress, Ganni’s polka dot perfection will give you all the holiday feels. Wear yours with black dad sandals and a blotted red lip. 

    Shop polka dot dress, £255, Ganni

  • Míe

    Míe off the shoulder red dress
    Best throw-on dresses: Míe

    Crafted from artisans in Lagos, Míe creates stylish summer dresses made in 100% linen that will see you through the season in style and ease. Throw yours on with a simple pair of sandals for an effortless evening look. 

    Shop red dress, £170, Míe

  • Topshop

    Topshop throw-on dress with bow bag
    Best throw-on dresses: Topshop

    This Topshop smock dress has got high street sell out all over it so snap yours up fast.

    Shop blue dress, £39, Topshop 

  • H&M

    H&M floral printed dress
    Best throw-on dresses: H&M

    Floral dresses need not be fussy. Case in point? This easy breezy H&M dress with plenty volume to keep you cool in every sense of the word.

    Shop floral dress, £34.99, H&M

  • Zara

    Zara dress with cutout embroidery
    Best throw-on dresses: Zara

    Make a statement in your throw-on dress with Zara’s take on the trend. Pair these dramatic sleeves and embroidery details with simple accessories such as gold hoop earrings and barely there sandals. 

    Shop orange dress, £49.99, Zara

  • Loup Charmant

    Loup Charmant white dress
    Best throw-on dresses: Loup Charmant

    Slip on Loup Charmant’s throw-on white dress and you’ll feel as if you’re on a Balearic beach. Finish the holiday look with a basket bag and tan sandals. 

    Shop white dress, £435, Loup Charmant

  • H&M+

    H&M plus size pink dress
    Best throw-on dresses: H&M+

    Bold is better, particularly when it’s this tiered H&M dress. For a contrast, team yours with white accessories. 

    Shop pink dress, £34.99, H&M 

  • Weekday

    Weekday tie dye shirt dress
    Best throw-on dresses: Weekday

    Florals not your thing? If polka dot prints and ruffles feel too fussy, turn to this effortlessly cool oversized midi dress to look stylish in seconds without feeling too ‘done’. 

    Shop printed dress, £45, Weekday 

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