Shirtdresses are a Must This Summer

Like Vanessa Hudgens pulls off here, shirtdresses have become this season’s go-to, offering a cool and casual solution to beating the summer heat.  But while they might seem simple, there’s several ways of wearing this fashion it-piece that range from the right to wrong.  Here are three ways to flaunt the shirtdress that will keep you breezy and looking your best.

Casual Cool

Undoubtedly one of summer 2010’s best weekend looks, shirtdresses are the ideal outfit for running errands, park-hopping or even grabbing ice cream with friends.  Provided it’s not too short (apply the same length rules to the shirtdress as you would to any other), wear it sans tights with gladiator flats and a floppy sunhat, cementing the fact you’ve clearly been born with an innate sense of fashion know-how.

For those hot Saturday afternoons, wear a white, pressed cotton shirtdress with a vintage belt under the bust, creating the ultimate empire and free-flowing look that’s perfect for picnics in the park or an evening stroll to the store.  Also, shops like Gap and Joe Fresh have helped cultivate the look, offering western-inspired shirtdresses or simple cotton classics, ideal for casual Fridays or office settings that are slightly laid-back.

Dressing Up

Keeping the dress in shirtdress, despite its casual connotations, this piece can easily transform into evening attire, with brands like Calvin Klein offering military-inspired looks that pair perfectly with slouchy ankle boots or the season’s hottest clog.  Worn just above the knee, the shirtdress can be complimented by a sheer black tight or without any at all, with each look still working to convey class and sophistication “ as well as comfort and cool.

Accented by the perfect accessories “ vintage costume jewellery or wooden bangles come to mind “ the shirtdress is this season’s token staple piece, with its versatility ensuring that regardless of occasion or destination, you’re exuding the confidence of a career woman who’s got places to be at every day and night.

Comfortable Classic

Though we’ve already established that the shirtdress is the perfect go-to for all things casual or classy, the beauty of the look is that it embraces all aspects of diversity, with tailored dresses ideal for the workplace, and free-flowing versions tailored for casual city chic.  And with those comes a third option that’s perfect for those on a budget or looking for something completely original.

With vintage shopping in full force, it’s easy to take the Carrie Bradshaw route and pair a man’s belted dress shirt with leggings and flip-flops for the ultimate in effortless cool.  Complimented by a slouchy bag or circa 90’s dress purse, the look puts a retro spin on the current season’s favourite, marking you as original, distinct and so obviously en vogue.

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