The power of the shirtdress
As spring blooms into summer, the shirtdress is the one item you need in your wardrobe right now. With its versatile wearable style, it’s an obvious style icon that has been featured in fashion for decades. An extended shirt, minus the trousers, it is a chic and smart option to take you from the office workday to drinks, and weekend social events, all with casual ease, and looking like an item you’ve simply borrowed from your spouse.
How to wear the shirtdress
Designers like Alexander Wang are reviving the creation as worn by icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren. Featuring hacked-off sleeves or a cinched in waist, this is a “what do I wear” dilemma masterpiece. A shirtdress is the perfect solution when you don’t feel confident enough to wear a slinky slip.
Dress up with a blazer and heels, or rock-chick-it with a cropped leather jacket, or go for preppy with a knitted cardigan. The duster jacket and ¾ style coat is another good layering option. It is something new and different to wear to work – but don’t confine the shirtdress to the four walls of an office.
The shirtdress has the power to suit any woman of any shape, from feminine souls to androgynous types. Plain or patterned, bell-sleeved or sleeveless, slinky or comfy, this staple knows no bounds. The ever chic Victoria Beckham has even been spotted wearing one.
Make sure your shirtdress is crisp and pressed to avoid the “just got out of bed” look.
Until your legs are slightly sun-kissed from the summer sun, you can, of course, pair the shirtdress with trousers. Designer Rosetta Getty was photographed wearing a white cotton maxi shirtdress over jeans, scooped back, only revealed to be a shirtdress from the back with a dramatic cotton poplin fabric train. But avoid tights at all costs, a major fashion faux-pas. For cotton fabric look at websites such as https://www.higgsandhiggs.com/fabrics/cotton-poplin-fabric-112cm/dots/micro-pin-dots-1mm.html.
Accessorise with lots of jewellery such as gold bangles, or a large watch. Also experiment with belts and necklaces, to make the look your own.
Mules work well with the shirtdress, and the style elongates the leg and refines the ankle. Avoid loafers as they work better with fuller shirts. Ballet flats or pointed toes suit the shirtdress beautifully, as well as the kitten heel.