I bought this dress in the Anthropologie sale and I’ve worn nothing else since

Anya Meyerowitz
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I bought this dress in the Anthropologie sale and I’ve worn nothing else since. (Getty Images)
I bought this dress in the Anthropologie sale and I’ve worn nothing else since. (Getty Images)

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I've never believed in a wardrobe ordered by season, for me, it's about picking out pieces that are trans-seasonal depending on what you pair them with.

If I can't see that I'll get at least two seasons wear out of a garment, it won't go in my shopping basket (unless it's a piece from the M&S x Nobody's Child collaboration which, it turns out, I can't resist).

My clothes test is both cost-effective and eco-friendly but it does rather rule out a whole range of options that pop up online as we teeter over into spring.

So when I came across the Conditions Apply Checked Maxi Dress by chance in the Anthropologie sale, I couldn't have abandoned my half-eaten Malteser Bunny and whipped my Amex out of my bag any faster.

The dress is currently 50% off, but I would have bought it at full price - and here's why:

The fit is forgiving yet flattering, and could easily be paired with a waist belt if you want to create more of a synched-in silhouette.

It's easy to throw on for a day working at home or for a weekend mooching about the house baking hot cross buns and watching Ru Paul's Drag Race reruns, but it also looks on-trend and put together when paired with ankle boots or sandals for a warm day out.

The checked pattern makes it reminiscent of many pieces produced by Ganni (for triple the price) and the blue makes it a bit more interesting than a black smock dress, but isn't so garish that you can't pair it with other pieces in your wardrobe.

Season-wise, you could wear it with Birkenstocks in the summer and stay cool, or pair with tights, boots and an oversized cardi in the winter for a cosy, warmer look.

Buy it: Conditions Apply Checked Maxi Dress | £74 (Was £148) from Anthropologie

The dress is still currently available in all sizes (SS - XL) and is made out of regenerated bamboo viscose – a fabric that’s upcycled from by product that would otherwise end up in landfill.

I couldn't love it any more - and I think you'll feel equally as besotted.

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