The £19.99 wrap dress that will work all year round

Chloe Mac Donnell
Chloe 

Being a fashion editor means you’ll inevitably be asked, “What’s the one item I should buy?” Some would argue a pair of tailored trousers or a smart blazer but I'm an advocate of a mid-length wrap dress. Go for a subtle print in a silky material and you’ll find it's flattering on most body shapes and sizes, plus it’s easily layered, meaning you can wear it all year round. Here’s how I style mine…

Zara

Dress, £19.99, Zara 

For the office

Chloe 

COS jumper, Arket boots - both Chloe’s own

At first glance a wrap dress might sound a little flimsy for the office. I like to toughen mine up a little by pairing it with smart knee high leather boots - with a block heel so I can wear them while commuting. I prefer not to show too much décolletage in a corporate environment so I’ll layer a light knit - which is useful when the air con kicks up a notch, too.

For a Sunday in the country

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Arket roll-neck (Chloe’s own) Pioneer boots, £329, Penelope Chilvers 

A country walk followed by a pub lunch may not sound like the most natural of settings for a wrap dress, but if the walk is more gentle than endurance and the lunch more posh than pub grub, a roll neck and sturdy but equally as cool walking boots resituate it for the locale. These boots aren’t too heavy and come winter will prove just as useful in the city.

Weekend brunch

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Levi’s jeans, M&S t-shirt, Gucci loafers - all Chloe’s own

If I want to look like I’ve made an effort on a Sunday morning I’ll wear a wrap dress open over jeans and t-shirt. Just tie the belt loosely at the back and voila you’re free to waft around in what is now essentially a billowing silky robe. You could always wear a smart velvet slipper to up the luxe feel.

City wedding guest

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Kalda shoes (Chloe's own) 

Living in London, as a wedding guest it feels like a novelty to be able to get the tube or bus to the venue. I’ve been wearing these heels on repeat for several months as they’re surprisingly comfy, are a walkable/danceable height and the diamanté detail instantly makes me feel dressed up. I’d add a blazer for the registry office and for the schelp home later that night.