Friday, 20 March 2015

The Classic Summer Staple..the Shirtdress

Style Theory: The Shirtdress, a classic, can be worn year after year and be easily dressed up or down. This year, the denim shirt dress reigns supreme but there are plenty more beautiful options available on the high street from chambray, to cotton to linen...

There were plenty of shirtdresses on the SS15 catwalks and the streetstylers have been fans of the classic style for years. It is such an easy dress to wear, here is some inspiration of how to style the shirtdress the 2015 way: 
Left: Altuzzarra SS15 Right: Ralph Lauren SS15
Left: Viktor and Rolf SS15 Right: Chloe SS15

The high street stores have shirtdresses year after year, here are a selection of my favourites available on the high street now and ideas of how to style:
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel @Asos £315
Extremely pricey but one I will be looking out for in the Asos summer sale. I love the mix of (silk) fabric, will be a beautiful dress to wear on holiday with tan, flat, strappy, gladiator style sandals.
Mango Safari Suede Dress £149.99
In keeping with the boho style this real, suede dress is a classic, wear with denim jacket thrown over the top, black pointed flats and a black fringed bag for a cool look.
Ralph Lauren @House of Fraser £135
I have this shape of dress, I bought it last year. It is so flattering and looks as good with high tan sandals as it does with flip flops or white trainers.
Warehouse Blue Belted Dress £48
A very classic, grown up shirt dress, I would pair with leopard print shoes and a long, beige duster coat for a gorgeous, laid back wedding/ first Holy Communion outfit.
YAS Malle Shirt Dress £55
A cute stripe dress, wear with a bright sandal for a pop of colour.
Mango Denim Shirtdress £19.99
A very basic shirtdress at such a reasonable price, leave it loose or wear with a tan skinny belt.
Zara Oversize Dress £25.99
This could have the look of a maternity dress, but how comfy does it look? To avoid the maternity look wear with a fitted denim jacket and keep shoes delicate, flat pointy ballet pumps would look great especially in a bright orange, or mix it up with a leopard print for style twist.
Uniqlo Ines Denim Long Dress £39.90
Not a great image but I love the look of this dress, very sophisticated, I would wear with my bright Boden Alice heels and a colour pop bag (picking up one of the colours in my shoes)
Topshop Hybrid Shirt Dress £40
This hybrid jersey will work hard for you in your summer wardrobe, wear now with opaques and boots in the summer with flat, tan sandals.
Topshop Moto D Ring Shirt Dress £40 
Finally a great, basic shirtdress from Topshop, Michelle from MyFashionable40s bought it recently and it looks fab on. Wear with trainers now and in the summer swap for gold sandals see SusieSoso's fabulous New Looks finds..they would look great with a shirtdress.. 

There are soooo many gorgeous sandals and shoes on the high street this next post will be dedicated to them!


My favourite shirtdresses from last year...I wore them non-stop, both on evenings out and for a casual daytime look..
Trainers: Adidas Stan Smith
Left: Dress - Levis, Boots - Seven Boot Lane
Right: Dress - Asos, Jacket - Asos, Boots - Aldo
Are you a fan of the shirtdress, how do you style yours? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments and if you have found any gorgeous ones on your shopping travels? Until next time, Frances xxxxx


  1. Ordering that Mango one NOW!

  2. You always pick out such lovely things, you must have been brilliant at your job as a buyer! x

  3. Great post, has given me some major style inspo! x

  4. Thank you for the lovely mention Frances! The more I was scrolling down this post and seeing all the fabulous dresses the more I was willing Spring and some higher temperatures to appear! I can't wait to get the Topshop shirt dress on......I even dug out my ancient Superga flatforms out after a nod from you as I thought they would be perfect with this dress too! xx

  5. The last shirt dress I owned was a rather, ahem, mumsy number in lime green linen from Boden. I'm actually shuddering at the memory! I thought that had put me off for life, but I would like to add a denim one to my wardrobe this spring. Let's hope it goes better than last time round... :-) xx

  6. I remember you hunting down your H&M shirt dress last year and good thing you did - you've saved yourself some pennies as it's a dead ringer for the Ralph Lauren one. I actually have a shirt dress at the ready - I bought a denim Uniqlo one for £5 in the sale, forgot to return it as I was a bit weighty round Christmas and I came across it the other week and it now fits - phew. I was debating whether to chop it up into a shirt and I think it's just been granted a reprieve!

  7. In my head I can walk around in the Ralph Lauren dress and look fabulous. Quaffing wine in the Hamptons for the summer. In reality I just wouldn't wear it. I am SO stuck in a rut. I love this post. I must try harder. :0) xx

  8. Hey love, thanks for the House of Fraser mention and for coming to the AW15 #HOFpressday yesterday - I hope you enjoyed it! Pippa x


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