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The One Item Of Clothing That Finally Got Me Out Of My Loungewear

I challenge you to wear a dress tomorrow and not feel more put together.

Just as easy to throw on and dare I say – even comfier! 

Over the last week, my working from home outfit strategy has done a full 180. While originally starting my stay-at-home period in a mixture or pyjamas, elasticated culottes and GAA shorts with matching hoodie, I have now ventured into the land of dresses. 

Partially because despite having more time on my hands, I haven't brought myself to wash my GAA shorts but mainly because I miss the creativity that is getting dressed up for the day. Before social distancing was the new norm, I would purposely wake up 40 minutes early to get dressed for work. I'd experiment colour blocking, try out clothes that shouldn't go together and attempt to pull off a pair of leather trousers. Although this would lead to a pile of failed outfits on my floor, soon as I created the perfect outfit – I was set for the day. 

Now don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed the novelty of the loungewear phase and I've also mastered the art of what tops look great with pyjama bottoms, but what I'm really craving now, especially with the sun shining, is pretty dresses. 

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At face value, a dress might look and feel fancy — and that's the ultimate con that dress-wearers have pulled. In fact, it's one of the easiest things in the world to wear and requires the least amount of effort. Just like a matching two-piece or a jumpsuit, a dress is a full outfit in itself, so it takes away any decision-making from your morning routine. Plus, most dresses are inherently comfy, at least the below styles certainly are.

At a time that is proving challenging, something as simple as a floral midi length smock dress has not only allowed me to look more put-together on my runs to the supermarket but has also impacted the way I go about my day feeling drastically polished and thus lifting my spirits. In fact, I like to think that a chic new midi dress and a nostalgic summer playlist on full blast (a glass of rosé is encouraged too) is the perfect way to spend the weekend while social distancing

Chances are many of us will already have a few comfy dress options in our wardrobes—think throw-on-and-go numbers that you would usually wear on holiday. However, if last weekend's quarantine activity was clearing out your wardrobe, you may have found yourself with a spring-dress-shaped hole in your wardrobe. Luckily, the virtual high street has your back. Keep scrolling for 15 of the best high street dresses you need in your wardrobe this summer. 

shop summer dresses: 

Match the cherry blossoms in your garden

Puff Sleeve Dress, €19.99, H&M

So. Much. Room. 

Check Dress, €49.95, Zara

The most perfect little spring dress

Embroided baby doll dress, €29.99, Pull and Bear

Florals for spring...I know!

Printed long dress with ruffles, €29.99, Stradivarius

A dress you'll wear time and time again

Flowy puff sleeve dress, €89, & Other Stories

The kind of dress you can wear lounging out the back garden but style up for a friend's wedding soon as life goes back to normal

Lycocell Dress, €22.99, H&M 

Ribbed Midi Dress, €29.99, Mango

A t-shirt dress is a perfect excuse not to wear trousers

T-Shirt Dress, €14.99, H&M

Just throw on and go! 

Long Poplin Dress, €39.99, Stradivarius

The kind of dress you would have bought for your holidays...

Poplin Dress, €39.95, Zara

Garden party ready

Smocked Crepe Maxi Dress, €89, & Other Stories

Just looking at this dress is making me feel better

Printed Dress, €19.99, H&M

Tighter than others on this shopping edit but the knitted fabric makes it even more comfy. 

Striped Knit Dress, €39.95, Zara

Leopard print fixes everything

Crepe Dress, €27.99, H&M

The perfect dress for your morning Zoom calls

Long Poplin Dress, €21.60, Bershka

Main image by @meganellaby on Instagram

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