Very few summer staples rival the ease and coolness of the shirt dress. It’s polished and chic, yet has the laid back simplicity of your boyfriend’s button-down. Read: your perfect summer weekend outfit. What I think I love most about this piece is its continuous evolution and versatility. It’s come a long way from its modest beginnings in the ’50s and ’60s (shout out to Audrey Hepburn) and still manages to stay relevant, even on the spring 2014 runways. One of my favorite shows that sent this fabulous wardrobe staple down the catwalk this spring was Christian Dior. One look from the collection featured a blue pinstriped shirt dress that nodded to the garment’s humble roots, but added a modern twist. Raf Simons put a sexy spin on the shirt dress with an open back and accessorized with costume jewelry to give this classic piece a major update.
Inspired by this old-meets-new style, I decided to throw on a simple shirt dress for one of my own weekend adventures. I chose a shirt dress in a classic blue pinstriped pattern to keep it basic. The cuffed sleeves and hemline give a nod to menswear, while the delicate collar and buttons add just a hint of femininity. In my effort to channel Dior’s modern spin, I tucked my favorite layered statement necklace under the collar and added on a pair of black buckled cut-out boots. With just two easy accessories, the shirt dress instantly transforms, in this case from preppy and basic to cool and chic.
There are endless ways to style this summer essential. Put your own spin on this classic piece by adding a belt and oxfords or take this style on the go by pairing the dress with your favorite sneakers. Say hello to your new go-to garment for easy, weekend style.