It’s the sartorial option for the girl who prefers pants. Let’s call it the anti-dress. Yes, the classic shirt dress is experiencing a renaissance — from bold-printed and belted to utilitarian and statement-making white, it’s all thanks in part to the recent Resort runways. At this year’s MBFWA, the boys from TOME reinterpreted the sterile button-up with unconventional touches of graphic star prints and origami folds while Georgia Alice updated hers for the upcoming season via ruched and elongated sleeves telling GRAZIA, “shirt dresses are a core part of the GA brand, I live in them. They are crisp and easy to throw on — perfect for anytime of the day or night.”
Meanwhile, just this week we’ve see interpretations resurfacing at Fendi (with a romantic ode to the 1940s) and Chanel (embellished with beading and pussy bows). This versatile piece’s appeal lies in its seemingly one-size-fits-all, feminine-meets-tomboy charms — imbued with all the insouciance of your boyfriend’s button-down only with more structure, elegance and most importantly, length. The shirt dress is one of those outfit style tricks that will make you feel like the most slender woman to ever walk the earth (just ask Lily and Behati).
So, should the silk slip dress be a little too come-hither for you, try a shirtdress on for size. Shop our selection of eight of the best now.
SHOP 8 of the BEST
BOLD & BELTED
TOME, Short Sleeve Dress with Belt, $995. SHOP NOW
Gucci, Embellished printed silk crepe de chine midi dress, $3950. SHOP NOW
Duro Olowu, Harlem Deco-print silk dress, $3450. SHOP NOW
SABA, Leila Shirt Dress, $39.20. SHOP NOW
Georgia Alice, Holiday Shirt Dress, $629. SHOP NOW
TOME, Sleeveless Shirt Dress with Ruffle, $746. SHOP NOW
G-Star Raw, Rovic Shirt Dress, $85. SHOP NOW