Shane Watson shares recommendation on how to fashion and put on your shirt attire

UK-based trend specialist says that they are convenient to gown up and put on casually

She advises sporting a shirt gown with stripes for your summer time vacations

 So how do you experience about shirt dresses?’ I texted my friend, a 50-something trend editor. ‘Personally hate them, however they are very wearable,’ she replied. Short pause. Evidently she used to be thinking about the execs and cons: ‘What did you have in mind?’

 What I had in thinking was once a costume to put on now (assuming the climate sticks round a warmish temperature) that appears true for the duration of the day (so no longer wafty with batwing sleeves), however no longer too surprisingly and girlish.

I was once questioning of a gown to put on to work, out to lunch and on Saturdays, with flat sandals and naked legs, the costume I would like to have slung on at the financial institution vacation weekend, in truth — which is what acquired me wondering about shirt clothes in the first place.

Because this gown shares some DNA with tailor-made shirts — it’s sporty sufficient to put on in informal conditions and clever enough, dressed up with a chunky-heeled slingback, to put on to work and then on for a drink. 

As it’s long- or elbow-sleeved (key to its appeal), it’s a beneficial gown for these activities when you don’t desire to seem undressed and due to the fact it buttons pinnacle to backside (as all shirt clothes must, the ones that solely button to the waist are ‘shirt-waisters’ and tip over into frumpiness pretty easily) it can be changed via a speedy one, two, three unbuttoning trick into a a long way sassier item.

Some human beings like to put on a shirt costume undone over a camisole, however the unbuttoning I’m speaking about is hem-toknee, or even higher. (This is what stops a shirt costume from being stupid and plain. and a bit like some thing your instructor would possibly have worn again in the Nineteen Sixties — which is what my trend editor pal has in opposition to them).

The unbuttoning puts the swish and swing in a shirt gown and, if you’ve bought excellent pins, you can unbutton till you get to midthigh, if that’s your mood, whilst no longer risking even a fraction of the exposure of a mini.

A glimpse of leg when stepping down from a bar stool is all we’re searching for. This is the entire factor of a shirt dress: it can seem to be good and stylish or a bit French and undone (just add a messy bun and lipstick). 

The proper — no longer stupid — shirt costume is longish, looseish and flowing now not starchy. Look for patterns that are lean and waisted (ideally with a tie belt), however now not too fitted. I like the ones Zara does each and every year. (I used to be barely taken aback to see Mary Berry carrying my go-to summer season gown from a couple of years in the past on BBC1’s Fantastic Feasts the different day, however it solely goes to show, a true shirt costume is a keeper.)

This summer’s model comes in two greater chintzy however equally handsome blue floral prints Long-sleeved, of course. 

Marks & Spencer’s threequarter sleeve shirt gown in a beige on off-white animal print  is a fraction smarter.

But if you’re searching for a hardworking summer time work dress, attempt Reiss’s linen-blend Emily — which is belted, now not too structured and has simply the proper quantity of free and breezy  It comes in a warm, smooth coral or this season’s emerald inexperienced and appears like some thing divorce attorney Hannah Stern may wear in BBC collection The Split — which, if you haven’t viewed it, is a top thing.


Avoid starchy fabric

Undo buttons at the hem

Keep sleeves long

Try stripes

Talking of smart, Cos’s silkstriped shirt costume in navy and blue  has plausible for dressing up. If you like stripes, they work specially nicely on an extralong shirt costume and Tommy Hilfiger’s pink and white striped viscose shirt costume is a case in point. With a white bag and low white sandals, this one would take you to a summer season party.

For my money, a shirt costume wishes a collar (they can seem too utilitarian otherwise), however Zara’s navy and ecru daring print, belted shirt gown  is an exception to the rule. If you don’t thought the facet vents, this is a smarter celebration or even summer season wedding ceremony dress. Just don’t put on it with high-heeled shoes; shirt clothes demand a sandal or a sneaker.

Last however now not least, a easy shirt dress, such as Hush’s seersucker stripe, is a truly beneficial vacation gown for all the motives already mentioned, plus you can continually put on it semi-undone over silky trousers in the evening.

Hush additionally does a vibrant blue textured cotton, tiered shirt costume  if you like a greater voluminous, gathered silhouette 

Great for whipping on and off over a swimming costume, like all shirt dresses. Pretty versatile.