This checked smock dress is taking over the internet and it only costs £22.99

Here’s a question we didn’t see coming: could the mini dress be making a comeback? After years of wafting around in on-trend midi and maxi hemlines, we’re seeing a marked uptick in shorter styles, and we have to say, we’re not mad about it.

One particular piece which has captured the hearts of dozens of our favourite influencers in recent months is New Look’s eternally wearable Check Frill Sleeve Smock Dress, which combines a classic check print with on-trend puff sleeves, a relaxed silhouette and cute ruffled sleeves and skirt.

Originally launched as part of the store’s collection in early spring, the black and white colourway quickly became a favourite, spotted on countless Instagram feeds with styling inspiration from wedge sandals and red lipstick to chunky trainers and gold chains.

Somewhat predictably, it promptly sold out, with a second drop in May proving equally successful and cementing its reputation as an ‘It’ dress for summer 2020.

Now, there’s good news and bad news – while you can not longer get your hands on the original monochrome version (sob), New Look has had the good sense to release two new colours in the same design.

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Throw on and go for the foreseeable

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Your two options for August are a neutral grey and a summery lilac, both with the same breezy oversized shape and timeless pattern that made the original such a hit. It’s available to shop on the New Look website in sizes 6-18 in both hues, with a rather reasonable price tag of £22.99.

Grey Check Frill Sleeve Smock Dress, £22.99, New Look

Lilac Check Frill Sleeve Smock Dress, £22.99, New Look

With temperatures predicted to soar back up into the thirties for the week ahead, this could be the easy, breezy heatwave outfit solution you’ve been searching for. In fact, at less than £25 a pop, we’re tempted to pick up one in every colour. Race you to the checkout!