It’s been two weeks since we entered lockdown, so there’s a high chance you’re growing tired of tracksuits and cashmere loungewear. Rule number one when you’re working from home? Get up, get dressed, and make the important distinction between your living and working space.
With that being said, there has to be some kind of trade-off for not seeing your friends and family, or being able to go to your favourite restaurant, for the next few months. So most women are now taking advantage: going make-up free, taking a much-needed break from heated hair tools and, of course, dressing down for a day at the ‘office’.
However, if a tidy house is a tidy mind, then motivation and bothering to brush your teeth go hand-in-hand. Not that you should be sitting at your kitchen table in a pair of loafers and a tailored trouser suit everyday – there has to be a happy medium. Comfort is key, but comfortable can still be chic.
Now is the time to channel the kind of carefree, low-maintenance look that only comes with a lighter schedule and lack of commute. Enter: the smock dress. Voluminous in shape, generous in fit, unstructured in its construction and usually made of a lightweight fabric like cotton or linen. It exudes a sense of effortlessness that we’re always coveting, but unable to achieve while weighed down by heavy boots, coats and a spare tote slung over our shoulders.
The smock is obviously comfortable, but it’s also super easy to dress up or down, and takes all of five seconds to slip on in the morning (nothing should come between you and your new-found daily lie-ins). What’s more, there’s an alleged heatwave approaching, so you’ll be grateful for its breeziness when things start to get a little too warm for your cashmere joggers.
Right now, Monikh Dale is championing this working-from-home staple on Instagram. Her go-to look is a big dress, bare feet and a low-sweeping bun. Maybe a pair of earrings if she’s feeling fancy for a Friday night House Party date. It’s become such a signature that her followers are now posting ‘Monikh inspired’ #ootd pictures.
Of course, Dale is not the first to have channeled this look. This oversized smock style has been part of every fashion editor’s holiday wardrobe list since Three Graces London ramped up its ready-to-wear efforts back in 2018 (Heidi Klum and Selena Gomez are big fans).
Then along came Cecilie Bahnsen with her tiered day dresses, and soon this look was just as appropriate with a pair of biker boots as it was with flip flops. We told you it was a versatile piece.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.