What is it about shirtdresses that are so appealing? Ever since Christian Dior burst onto the high fashion with his New Look, the silhouette has represented a certain kind of elegance and femininity. And while the layers of crinoline for a poofy, flared skirt have fallen out of fashion, the shirtdress can be refreshingly modern.
Vanessa Friedman, the style critic for the New York Times, even notes that they were in practically every show for FW19, and we for one are thrilled about. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before we jump all the way to fall, there’s plenty of beautiful spring and summer days to spend traipsing around in a shirtdress.
How would I style it? If I’m going out for a ladies who lunch option, then I’m going to lean in. A crisp white shirtdress, a kerchief tied around my neck or hair, and a mule. But if you’re going out for a fun dinner? Don’t be afraid to take some risks. With the blank slate of a flattering shirtdress, try layering on tons of gold jewelry and wearing a cool pair of sneakers, like a Nike Cortez. The world is your oyster!
Below, our favorite shirtdress options.
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