Styling the autumnal smock dress that cost just £5

Autumn is sneaking up on us, with shorter nights, cooler weather and crisp leave just starting to change colour. But as we cling to summer as the weather stays sunny, we find ourselves looking to transitional styling.

Transitional fashion bridges the gap between midi dresses and woolly jumpers. Ready for autumn, but not quite ready to bid summer farewell. And I’ve discovered the perfect autumnal smock dress to get me through the seasonal limbo.

This autumnal smock dress is from Everything5Pounds, and of course, cost just that. It boasts a dainty floral pattern in burgundy and mustard, two colours I love for the AW season. Smock dresses are super comfortable and really easy to throw on and look chic. This particular smock dress has a small pointed collar and a row of invisible buttons to just above the waist. The dress floats outwards, offering a light and airy look. The sleeves are three-quarter length with elasticated cuffs, adding to the transitional notion that the weather is both too cool for short sleeves, and too hot for long sleeves.

I styled the autumnal smock dress with my Better Tights mustard 80 denier tights. They offer a 70s vibe and are super soft and comfortable to wear. The brand launched earlier in 2020 and have a whole array of colours, and I’ve been eyeing up some more shades. The tights are designed in such a way with a 360-degree stretch that they feel made for you, with a flat seam and no sagging. The last thing you want to be doing is pulling your tights up every two minutes.

I added a pair of burgundy leather boots to tie in with the dress, which are previous season Dorothy Perkins. Had the weather been warmer and I’d opted for bare legs, I could have also worn my yellow snakeskin Topshop boots. The smock dress would also pair well with white chunky trainers.

My mustard and pink circular bag is from Accessorize from around 2017. This originally came with a burgundy cardholder – highlighting just how well the colours pair together. The pop of pink on the underside of the strap is fun, adding a third colour into the outfit whilst still being complimentary.

Lastly, my mustard knot headband was from Lula, in Leek. I’d popped in wearing this dress to pick up an order and spotted the lone headband on a rail and had to have it. I put it straight on and loved how it just finished off the look. Knot headbands are still very much on trend, and remind me of Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf, who always looked made up with her alice bands. You can get 15% off at Lula using the code BEFF at the checkout.

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