A lazy girl’s guide to the throw-and-go dress

You know those mornings when you sleep through your alarm and then run around the house like Hugh Grant in Four Weddings & A Funeral, swearing to yourself that you have nothing to wear.

I experience them frequently, which is why I can say, without a doubt, that I have a found the perfect outfit for these manic mornings—a dress.

Well, I didn’t say it would be earth shattering.

Summer in Queensland is the perfect time to embrace fashion’s power player, the dress. And the best summer dresses are the ones that you don’t have to think about—they provide a full outfit in just one simple step.

These chic and easy dresses can take you from work on to cocktails and the weekend with a change of accessories. Minimal effort and out the door you go, which is why I refer to them as my ‘throw and go’ outfits.

Last week I dropped in to COS—a London-based fashion brand which opened their first Brisbane location at Wintergarden in mid November—and I can confirm they have a great selection of these dresses now in store.

I know because I carried two armfuls of them to the fitting room and then discovered, much to my delight, that all of them apart from a silk maxi cost less than $100.

And they come in a range of colours and styles—they currently have a fabulous bubblegum pink dress with elbow-length sleeves and a vibrant blue with short sleeves, as well as a fun abstract floral print dress which I picked up on a recent visit and have dubbed the ‘fried egg dress’.

There’s also a loose navy and cream stripe shift dress (always a winner in my wardrobe) and a great selection of little white dresses.

These would be perfect with a blazer or a statement necklace and pumps for the office, or they can just as easily be worn casually with a pair of sandals, the COS pastel pink sneaker or a wedge and coloured bag for the weekend.

Brooke wears: COS striped dress, $65 with Seed Heritage Shana Sling, $49.95; and Nine West Jimo in Rose Gold, $149.95.  COS floral button-up dress, with Sheike belt, $24.95; Seed Heritage Elora Tote, $89.95; and Nine West Jimo in Rose Gold, $149.95

U on Sunday Fashion Editor Brooke Falvey knows what it means to dress for the occasion. After living in London for just over a year, Brooke Falvey returned home to Brisbane to share her style storytelling talents on her blog, Blonde Ambition. With a background in journalism, Brooke shares thoughtful lifestyle and fashion pieces through her Instagram account, What Brooke Wore, and her blog, Blonde Ambition, inspiring her readers to start doing what they’ve always dreamed of doing—and giving them tips on how to look good at the same time!. Ready to dress like you mean it? Get to know the girl behind What Brooke Wore.