Simply titled because they are simply so. Shirt dresses are my personal favorites in the summertime. They are effortless, universally flattering. They morph from work to fun. With the flick of a couple of buttons they can be sexy or tidy. The best part, there are limitless options for fabrics, colors, and patterns.
Similar to my opinion on the wrap dress, the shirt dress is the woman’s answer to “I have nothing to wear.” They give a waist where there is none, they float away from your lower-half to provide ample coverage and mystify others about your body proportions. They are comfortable, washable, and seasonless.
Isaac Mizrahi for Target: Pleated shirtwaist dress, navy. $44.99. Casual enough to be a Sunday brunch or shopping throw on with some brown leather flip flops. But if you want to wear it to work, simply put on some heeled sandals or wedges, and add a neck scarf and you’ve transformed yourself to summertime, office casual (as long as you’re not a banker!).
Banana Republic: Silk Paisley Shirt Dress, $130 (but you know it’ll be on sale in a month). Fabulous for those of us who want to create some fun drama with a pattern. It’s silk, so it’s upscale enough for work and can easily be worn to a weekend affair.
Club Monaco: Sleeveless trench dress. $189. Certainly, this one is a splurge for a day dress, however, the color and iconic shape of the trench is timeless. This will never go out of style. Caution to busty ladies, however. Double-breasted tops can add bulk without adding much of anything else. This is “sit in a convertible with sunglasses and scarf in your hair” chic, “first date hot”, and “Get compliments at the coffee machine at work” perfect.
Vive la shirtdress!