Will no one think of the dresses? Alas, in 2020, we had little reason to wear them. Thanks to our lack of social lives, no trips to the office, and the proliferation of leggings and jogging bottoms, plenty of our favourite frocks were cast aside in lieu of our more casual and easy WFH looks. But I say enough. It's time to recognise that dresses need to come back into our day-to-day looks, and I'm here to give you some much-needed inspiration. Thanks to Instagram, we have a variety of outfits to draw from that I know are going to work for right now (when it's totally freezing) and well into spring.
There are your classic shirt dresses, which look great with knee-high boots, knitted frocks that work with small heels, and some great layered dress outfits that I'm definitely copying. As for the warmer months, I spied Ellie Delphine of Slip Into Style wearing a fantastic yellow dress with a pair of blue Bottega Veneta heels, and I'm counting down the days until I can re-create this look. I'm also obsessed with Grece Ghanem's boxy cotton dress in khaki that looks ace paired with brown sandals.
While all of the looks below feature "outdoor" shoes, you'll definitely be able to wear all of these with your favourite slippers. Once it gets warmer and spring arrives, you can pair them with your favourite sandals. So keep scrolling, dust off your frocks, and get ready for some dress outfit inspiration.
Style Notes: The reason why shirt dresses look so good with high boots is that you can unbutton the bottom so it looks kinda sassy but still smart.
Cefinn Millie Belted Printed Twill Shirt Dress (£370)
Paris Texas Crocodile-Effect Leather Knee-High Boots (£560)
Style Notes: I'm not a stickler for fashion rules, and while most people would be inclined to keep a checked dress for summer, it looks just as cool with a fluffy coat and ankle boots.
Whistles Teddy Double Breasted Coat (£255)
ASOS Design Check Midi Smock Dress With Pephem (£32)
& Other Stories Heeled Leather Sock Boots (£135)
Isabel Marant Lecce Leather Belt (£110)
Style Notes: Layering tips don't come any cooler than from Hodan Yousuf. Select your favourite puff-sleeve frock (because it's one of the biggest-selling pieces from 2020) and layer a black roll-neck underneath. Add a pair of stomper boots for your daily walk.
Ganni Smock Mid-Length Dress (£225)
H&M Turtleneck Top (£9)
Stuart Weitzman Mila Leather Ankle Boots (£525)
Style Notes: I'm under no illusion that any of us will be wearing fancy heels "out out" any time soon. But there is a school of thought that says wearing proper shoes during the day when you're working from home will increase productivity.
Joseph Diva Ribbed Lurex Midi Dress (£425)
& Other Stories Square Toe Leather Mules (£85)
Style Notes: If I had to select one look from this whole piece, it would be this. The khaki colour makes this a great wardrobe staple, but the twist is adding interesting sandals and a super-cool It bag.
Co Gathered Linen-Blend Shirt Dress (£414)
Jil Sander Padded Nappa-Leather Flatform Sandals (£660)
COS Leather Padded Mini Shopper Bag (£135)
Style Notes: The clogs revolution is coming this spring, so get ready. If you can't wait to wear yours, then I suggest pairing them with a short dress, printed tights, and a super-cute headband.
Prada Sequinned Satin Headband (£380)
Ganni Checked Seersucker Mini Dress (£175)
Swedish Stockings Doris Polka-Dot 40-Denier Tights (£20)
Ancient Greek Sandals Grego Laser-Cut Leather Clogs (£290)
Style Notes: Once spring has arrived, you can guarantee I'll be reaching for the brightest dress in my wardrobe and pairing it with the boldest heels. Joyful because we definitely need it.
& Other Stories Gathered Waistline Midi Dress (£69)
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Quilted Leather Mules (£1225)
JW Anderson White Chain-Embellished Leather Shoulder Bag (£1045)
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