Best shirt dresses of the moment

THERE is an old expression and it goes something like “Another day, another shirt that buttons up to your neck and falls at your ankles.” So maybe it’s not that old (or valid) an expression. But it’s true. The shirt dress is, in my very humble opinion, one of the most brilliant pieces of clothing ever made. An entire outfit in one garment, it’s feminine, varying hugely in length, colour, cut, structure, material and style – with just enough hardness thrown in by an austere, stiff collar. It’s the kind of piece that kicks butt in a boardroom and works well on the street.

Now, in my never-ending quest to validate how much time I spend online window shopping, I’ve compiled a shirt dress edit. It’s by no means exhaustive, and you might not agree with all of my choices, but as far as I’m concerned, these are the best shirt dresses of the moment. Some are too pricey even for a payday splurge, and some are much more affordable, but all are very, very covetable. Get shirty, pals. I’m all about the expressions today.

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BRIGHT AND WHITE

 

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COS

MANGO

UNIQLO

ACNE

ASOS

ASOS

TOPSHOP.COM

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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

TOPSHOP

TOPSHOP

ASOS

 

KATRANTZOU

TOPSHOP BOUTIQUE

TOPSHOP

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IN THE PINK

ASOS

MODA OPERANDI

THE WHITEPEPPER

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THE MONO-DRAMATICS

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COS

McQUEEN

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BACK TO BLACK

THE WHITEPEPPER

THE WHITEPEPPER

MONKI

BELSTAFF

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Dublin sales haul, y’all

ITS JANUARY, that scientifically-verified most depressing month (although not for much longer, it must be admitted). It’s been a month of flux too – some bad news, some good – and my secondary school English teacher would be delighted to hear the weather’s been reflecting the mood. There’s nothing more changeable than an Irish sky in January.

I went into town yesterday to buy a measuring tape and some sewing needles (and mostly to get out of the house and avoid working on my much-talked-about, ne’er written chicklit). I neglected to bring an umbrella however, and that’s how I found myself going from shop to shop, ducking droplets the size of kittens’ heads. We can blame the weather, therefore, for my latest haul.

After the retail rush of late December/early January, I sometimes forget that the sales are still going this late. I was idly flipping through rails in Pull&Bear (I’ve always had a certain affection for P&B after a stint working there during college) when I lit upon a beauty – a structured, quilt-effect neoprene sweater. And there it was, in no short supply, and in all sizes, which made me wonder (not for the first time) if my sense of style is particular (and peculiar) to me alone.

I may have idly flipped through the rails in Zara and idly roamed the shelves of Office too. Check out my sale goodies below.

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Belts, Pull & Bear, €1.99

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Leopard-print Converse All-Stars, Office, €25, Black ‘YEAH!’ clutch, Pull & Bear, €2.99

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Pull & Bear white pleather shopper, €7.99, black neoprene sweat, €7.9920140130-151440.jpg

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Black neoprene sweat as before, Zara floor-length wool dress, €12.99.

Total: €58.95! I am, as they say, safe to let out on my own. Have you gotten any sales bargains, and where?