Looks For Less: Seriously Simple Shirtdresses

I don’t know about you, but running around in hot weather doesn’t make me want to wear anything tight and uncomfortable. When I was shopping this spring for pieces to add to my warm weather wardrobe, I noticed I instinctively added a couple looks for less shirtdresses. I have been wearing them a lot, too! Shirtdresses are effortless, easy to wear, flattering for curves and most other body types. They’re breezy and comfortable yet classic, and can be dressed up or down. They can be plain and simple, have vertical graphic lines that make you look taller or with feminine details like eyelet lace or tiny floral prints. The shirtdress is one must-have trend this season.

Looks for less ShirtdressES

This lace-up striped shirtdress from J. Crew is slightly nautical without going over the top. Its structured silhouette is flattering and it would look sophisticated paired with lace up sandals. It’s perfect for a day in the sun, or in the office. This denim shirtdress by Lee Platinum is a bargain and available in two different shades of chambray, so you may as well get them both! It would look perfect worn with cute white sneakers and a saddle style crossbody bag for a casual day with your family.

I love this classic shirtdress from Urban Outfitters. It’s simple and is reminiscent of a starched man’s button-down. Pair it with gold jewelry and a red lip for day or night. This striped shirtdress from Forever 21 has long lines that will elongate your figure. It would look chic worn with simple pumps or heels for drinks and dinner. Lastly, this metallic version from Anthropologie is beautiful and really unique. The fabric is gorgeous and will catch the light in all the right ways. It would look so chic with a berry lip and simple accessories.

History of the Shirtdress

So when did the shirtdress come into fashion? In 1939 the “Utility Dress” was invented as a result of WWII, and was a part of The Utility Clothing Scheme in the U.K. implemented by the British government. As a result of the war effort, there was a shortage of labor and materials. The US took note, and in 1942 introduced their own version. Different shops sold the Utility Dress in a variety of fabrics. What we know as the modern day shirtdress was first called the shirtwaist dress. They became very fashionable in the 1950’s. Christian Dior’s the ‘New Look’ solidified the shirtwaist dress in fashion history, with its full skirt and shirt featuring a notched collar and ¾-length sleeves. More informal versions of the shirtdress followed suit, and are a staple of many women’s wardrobes to this day.

Pictured Above (from left to right):

J.Crew Striped Lace-Up Shirtdress, $69.50

Lee Platinum Denim Shirtdress, now $38.99

Forever 21 Contemporary Striped Shirt Dress, $24.90

Urban Outfitters Ecote Yarn Dyed Button-Down Shirt Dress, $69

Anthropologie Mercury Shirtdress, $148

– Claire Mykrantz

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