New Look launches this summer's rival to Zara's 'that dress' complete with on-trend puff sleeves

Could this be the dress of the summer? (New Look)

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The recent sunny weather has been a sure reminder that while PJs, loungewear and athleisure are wonderful lockdown garb, nothing quite brightens your day like a summer dress.

Last year - a world ago - a certain Zara monochrome polka dot frock dominated street style.

This year, New Look appears to have produced 2020’s ‘that dress’ - and at £23.99 it’s almost half the price of its 2019 counterpart.

The new coveted number comes in an easy-going smocked design, and features on-trend puff sleeves and a check print.

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A-line, tiered skirting from the waist makes it ideal for hot days, while the knee-length hem is perfect for that future holiday you’re planning.

The dress - which can be ordered online here - has already been spotted being modelled across social media.

Fans include journalist Lucy Kummer, who styled her’s with a pair of ‘dad’ trainers, black sunglasses and gold hoop earrings for a snap shared on Instagram.

Her post received more than 500 ‘likes’, with many people commenting that they had already it on order too.

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Similarly, fashion stylist Billie Cronin paired the dress with a wide-brimmed black fedora hat and cow print western boots in an Instagram post which has received more than 600 ‘likes’.

Fashion blogger Nikki Nicola slipped also on the dress with a pair of chunky black sandals on her @40notfrumpy account - garnering over 500 ‘likes’.

It comes as Holly Willoughby made an ice-cream cake with her middle child Belle in lockdown in a gorgeous pink floral dress.

For the mother-daughter bonding session, the star, 36, revealed on Instagram that she was wearing a midi-dress from LoveShackFancy via Beach Flamingo.

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The summery smocked frock costs £450, and features an elasticated shirred mid-section meaning it can be easily slipped on and off, as well as voluminous sleeves which can be worn on or off-the-shoulder.

According to the website, it is “the perfect wear-any-time-any-place dress”.

Meanwhile, Rochelle Humes has been cosying up at home in a pair of tracksuit bottoms from Bershka

The 30-year-old singer and presenter shared a photo of her relaxed outfit on Instagram, as she joked casual clothes would be her uniform for the “foreseeable” future.

Buy it: White Check Print Puff Sleeve Mini Smock Dress | £22 from New Look  

Get The Look: 3 affordable smock dresses

Check Puff Sleeve Frill Hem Smock Dress | £15 from Boohoo 

Black Poplin Puff Sleeve Smock Dress | £17.99 from New Look 

Puff Sleeve Dress | £35 from Monki