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17 Great High Street Dresses

All dressed up and nowhere to go? It’s time to doll up for everything from #WFH to kitchen discos.

Have you been tuning into Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Insta lives as she belts out tunes from her living room under a glitterball, dancing like her life depended on it, while her five children mill about in various attitudes of enthusiasm? Well, if you have, you’ll know as well as we do that getting dressed up to dance around the house is clearly lockdown life enhancing.

We may not, with this selection, quite be going down the disco queen route, but donning a dress does feel like a welcome departure from our current rotation of yoga pants and PJs. And there are some great ones out there on the high street right now, all coming in at under £200. We’re coming into spring, the days are drawing out, thing are beginning to – dare we whisper it? – look up slightly. Now’s the time to dress to impress ourselves – even if no one else is going to see it. These are the frocks we’ve been spending our locked down hours lusting after.

Main images: COS

By Nancy Alsop
March 2021

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Anthropologie

Carole Flounced Midi Dress, £120

Zara

Oversized Knit Dress, £49.99

Jigsaw

Viscose Primrose Tea Dress, £165

Mango

Frill Cotton Dress, £35.99

& Other Stories

Striped Cotton Linen Midi Dress, £69

Anthropologie

Ruth Mini Sweater Dress, £98

H&M

Calf-length Dress, £24.99

& Other Stories

Relaxed Midi Wrap Dress, £120

Zara

Gingham Mini Dress, £29.99

Toast

Edith Oxford Shirt Dress, £130

Anthropologie

Maeve Suzannah Graphic Print Maxi, £140

Brora

Gauzy Linen Tunic Dress, £139

Nobody’s Child For M&S

Polka Dot Round Neck Midaxi Waisted Dress, £39

Monsoon

Floral Print Midi Dress Blue, £70

Cos

Low-Cut Knitted Maxi Dress, £79

Zara

Striped Knit Dress, £19.99

Anthropologie

Finley Gingham Midi Shirtdress, £130

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