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17 throw on and go dresses and how to style them

Some days, you just don’t want your outfit to be complicated. Invest in the throw on dress, simple to style and makes you look and feel fabulous. 
These 17 throw on and go dresses will simplify your morning routine and can be adapted to suit almost any weather or time scale. Though the throw on dress is made to half your get-ready time and increase your chances for a morning coffee, it doesn’t mean you can’t know how to style them. Read on to discover our tips and amplify your outfit for any occasion. 

1. The Denim One


Product inspiration: Denim Tunic Dress

Denim is one of the most versatile materials you can choose for a shift dress. Whether you opt for a lightweight cotton blend or a heavier, more structured denim weave, there are plenty of styles and colours available.
Use it as a basis to build the perfect outfit by layering up, perfect for cooler months. Team with espadrilles in the summer for a pared-back, relaxed vibe or dress warm for winter with tights and boots.

2. The One That’s a Shirt 


Product Inspiration: Striped Mini Shirt Dress

Knowing how to style a shirt dress begins with the shape and feel of the garment before building on this to achieve your desired look. Shirt dresses are some of the most practical throw-on dresses, as you can wear them in the summer with sandals or pumps. If you’re a fan of intricate hairstyles, shirt dresses are an excellent choice as they button up the front which prevents vulnerability. 
They’re a popular choice for workwear as the shirt collar gives a smarter feel, yet minus the effort, making it the perfect throw on and go dress. If you don’t want to button them up to the neck, then how do you style a shirt dress? Wearing a vest top underneath in a contrasting colour offers a playful, more relaxed style. 

3. The One with Spots


Product Inspiration: Polka Dot Mini Dress

Whatever style of dress you choose, a classic polka dot print is always a good addition to your wardrobe. In classic monochrome they are smart and sophisticated; but you can switch up your look by playing with colour and fabric texture. 
Match your shoes to your spots for a cute, coordinated look (trainer pumps are comfy and stylish) and finish with a denim jacket.

4. The Maxi One


Product Inspiration: Sleeveless Halterneck Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses are a summer staple for a reason - they’re loose and comfortable. But just because the weather is turning autumnal, it doesn’t mean you have to ditch this flowing favourite. 
Prepare for the chill by wearing yours with chunky biker boots, finish with a leather jacket and a fedora or trilby for a seasonal look with attitude.

5. The One That’s a T-Shirt 


Product Inspiration: Mini T-Shirt Dress in Cotton

T-shirt dresses are the ultimate throw on and go dress style. Perfect for casual wear, they are extremely flexible. In warmer weather, we might team them with cute trainers for a relaxed summer look, but as the weather gets colder, add leggings to this ensemble for a pared-back vibe.
Think bold, bright colours or playful prints for a statement outfit.

6. The Jumper One


Product Inspiration: Striped Ribbed Flared Dress with Long Sleeves

As we move into autumn, staying warm is moving to the top of everyone’s list. Investing in a soft, stretchy and comfortable jumper dress is a great idea as temperatures drop. Knitwear dresses are an excellent addition to any day-to-night work wardrobe. 
Stay professional with tights and loafers in the office and add heeled boots in the evening for a touch of glamour.

7. The One That’s for Maternity 


Product Inspiration: Printed Wrap over Maternity Dress with Ruffles

Throw on dresses are exactly what you need when you’re dressing a bump, particularly when you’re heading for an office, workplace or smarter occasion. Wrap over dresses are a practical option as they can adapt as your pregnancy progresses. 
A loose summer frock that you loved with sandals can easily become an autumnal favourite - why not try colourful tights to personalise your style?

8. The One With the Polo Neck 


Product Inspiration: Ribbed Bodycon Dress with Turtleneck

This classic style, popular throughout the years, works best when you keep things simple; think classic block colours that you can jazz up with different accessories. 
Chunky earrings in bold metallics or bright hues look great when paired with a polo neck and a chic up-do.

9. The Skater One


Product Inspiration: Mini Skater Dress

A dress with a classic skater skirt is an incredibly flattering shape, and often popular in the cooler months as they look particularly good when paired with tights and boots. 
The flared skirt swishes in a flirty, feminine way. Choose heavier weight fabrics and knits for a more structured feel.  

10. The One With the Shoulders


Product Inspiration: Padded Shoulder Tube Dress with Puff Sleeves 

The ‘80s called - they’re loving how you’re rocking this look. While the oversized shoulder pads of this fashion-forward decade are not making a widespread comeback, shoulder details are big this season. 
Think epaulettes, ruffles, light padding or embroidered details to add a sophisticated touch to your outfit.

11. The Sporty One


Product Inspiration: Cotton T-Shirt Dress with 3-Stripes and Logo Print

Channel your inner Sporty Spice and throw on the athleisure trend this autumn. Accessorise with hoops, classic white trainers, a denim jacket and a throwback drawstring backpack for a full on ‘90s-inspired outfit. 
Bonus points if you add a henna necklace.

12. The One with Ruffles


Product Inspiration: Ruffled Mid-Length Dress with Long Sleeves

Ruffles add instant elegance to any look. Feel frilly and romantic by choosing a throw-on dress with ruffle adornments.

Keep things chic with elegant metallic jewellery or choose chunky pieces for an eclectic style.

13. The One That’s Also a Hoodie


Product Inspiration: Hooded Sweatshirt Dress

Everyone secretly loves a hoodie. Let’s be honest, at some point we’ve all bought an oversized one in the menswear department and tucked our knees up inside it to get properly cosy. 
Now, with the arrival of the hoodie dress, you can enjoy all the delights of the hygge interiors trend in your fashion choices. You’re welcome.

14. The Stripey One


Product inspiration: Havanah Organic Dress

Classic Breton stripes are a fashion staple for a reason. Always elegant, you can dress them down with crisp white trainers and a denim jacket or style them up with chic ankle boots.

Metallic hoops and a colourful silk scarf are the perfect accessories to make your stripes pop.

15. The Little Black One


Product Inspiration: Floral Jacquard Wrapover Mini Dress

One of the items you should always have at your disposal is a little black dress. If you have one that you always feel great in, that you can throw on and go at a moment’s notice, you’ll never be caught out with last-minute outfit panic again. 
Literally, anything goes with an LBD, making it the best-of-the-best throw on dress, so let your imagination run wild when it comes to shoes and accessories.

16. The One That’s a Pinafore 


Product Inspiration: Mid-Length Sleeveless Pinafore Dress with Pockets

Cute and comfortable, the pinafore dress is no longer the purlieu of school uniforms. This vintage look has been brought back to the mainstream this season with popular shows like Netflix’s Sex Education throwing out the fashion rulebook and playing with cuts, colours and shapes.
Unleash your inner kook with a colourful turtleneck and coordinating coloured tights, or work a more adult style with a white tee and trainers.

17. The One with the Animal Print


Product Inspiration: Zebra Print Mini Shift Dress

A lot of people are nervous when it comes to wearing animal print, but there are so many ways to embrace this bold pattern style while keeping it classy.
Make your animal print dress your main focus, keeping your accessories and footwear choices fairly neutral. 

Floaty, floral and free, a throw on and go dress is an effortless way to transform your look in seconds. As we mentioned, a throw on dress is the perfect base for an awesome autumn outfit, inviting warm layers and textures. See how Navaz levels up her autumn-winter wardrobe over on our inspiration blog. Or shop the rest of our throw on dresses here.
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