Monday, January 27, 2014

Finding the Perfect Shirtdress

My daily e-mail from Moda Operandi today had the subject of “One shirtdress. Two ways.” And that got me thinking about how I’ve been kind of obsessed with finding the perfect shirtdress lately. The shirtdress is arguably one of the most necessary closet staples and for good reason. The right one is chic on its own and looks just as chic but totally different when styled in a myriad of different ways. 

I just ordered this one from Acne, $310 at Barney's


I love its shape and how its clean, crisp look is balanced by a little flare. The layered bottom makes for a lovely silhouette, and is substantial enough to look like an actual skirt if I wear a sweater over the top.

And this one from J.W. Anderson, $295 at Moda Operandi, is as perfect as you can get. It’s crisp, sharp and minimalist, so will look clean and modern on its own and make the ideal foundation piece for layering.


This one from Forever 21, just $23, has that T by Alexander Wang vibe – it’s effortless and just plain cool in its long, sleeveless silhouette.


Another approach to the look is a denim version, which also has that great advantage of looking cool on its own or layered – go denim on denim or denim, if your heart desires. This simple, flattering version is just $40 at Uniqlo.


And if you’re in the market for something a little more feminine, this eyelet shirtdress from Band of Outsiders, $645 at La Garconne is just lovely. Cut from eyelet with a flared skirt, it’s flattering, chic and cool yet elegant.

Band of Outsiders  Eyelet Sleeveless Shirtdress  

Handbags and Hugs,


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