So let’s talk shirtdresses, my friends.
Many pieces can be called shirtdresses, perhaps not in the best of faith. Search online, and you’ll get some eyebrow-raising results.
Because what you really want is your shirtdress to a) remind you of shirts b) be an actual dress c) possess chameleon super powers, shifting style easily with an earring here, a pair of shoes there. Simple, but apparently difficult to achieve.
Recently I determined, as one does, that I absolutely had to own such a thing. Here’s what I found. Perfect for a Northern California Sturdy Gal. Organic, even. By Eileen Fisher, via Garnet Hill. They were out of the Ink color online, but I called and, “Score!” You know that feeling, I know you do.
Worn, those wrinkles look like a dress feature, as though there’s detailing in the minimalist, unstructured navy linen. I wear the dress with these shoes for fun.
Or with some old Wilkes Bashford slides. Wait, I meant vintage slides. Navy blue can take a lot of color, in primary – for preppy classic looks, or muted/burned for a little more edge.
This season Grandes Dames, Sturdy Gals and Artsy Cousins alike can find the shirtdress of their dreams.
Current|Elliot denim via Barney’s, Clark’s wedges via Zappos, topaz studs via Overstock, Marc Jacobs dress via The Outnet, feather earrings via Arden B. Elizabeth and James booties via The Outnet, Reiss shirtdress via Reiss, Roger Vivier pumps via The Outnet, Cathy Waterman platinum necklace via Ylang23.
The Sturdy Gal loves her denim, comfortable shoes, and earrings that leave her hair alone. She loves orange with denim – isn’t that why Mr. Strauss sewed his original jeans with orange thread?
The Artsy Cousin, in her I’m-urban-and-I’ll-cut-you mode, wears an aggressively military Marc Jacobs dress with booties and Steven Tyler-inspired feather earrings.
Our Grande Dame, as always, looks for fabric with a rich hand. She is thrilled to have found Reiss, and wonders why she didn’t know of them before. We’d tell her it’s because she refuses to learn how to use a computer, but she won’t listen, so let’s not bother.
I find that since I acquired a shirtdress I no longer fear the daytime event – not shopping, not brunches, not afternoon gallery lectures. Even better, this Sturdy Gal looks forward to accessorizing. One might say that the shirtdress is a perfect vehicle for the development of personal style. So much of the work of dressing is done, all that remains is recreation. Let’s have at it.